Become a reel buccaneer to taste the life of rum and robbery on the slot from Iron Dog Studios. Pirate Kingdom Megaways will see you sailing the high seas of the Carribean with a crew of looting pirates on the outlook for their next pillaging tour. A trade ship is just the right target as it is loaded with vast treasures. The attack goes down with reactive wins, multiplier wilds and a free spins round with locked reels and an unlimited multiplier that can lead to wins of up to 10,000 times your bet.
Pirate Kingdom Megaways is a video slot with six reels, up to seven rows and up to 117,649 ways to win. Pays are awarded for two to six matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. Sail the high seas on desktop or mobile devices from 0.20 to 20 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility with a default RTP of 96.20%.
Courtesy of the licensed Megaways engine, no two spins are the same as the number of ways to win is randomly determined at the start of a new spin. The game will select between two and seven pay symbols for each reel, creating anything from 64 to 117,649 win ways. Any win will set off a chain reaction, which will see the winning symbols explode and new one cascading into to place and potentially creating more winning combos. The process continues as long as a new win occurs after a cascade. All wins are accumulated and paid once a spin sequence ends.
The rough Carribean sea during a fire-coloured sunset is in the background of the giant game window. The pirate ship has just launched its attack with powder kegs floating in the sea towards their target. Winning symbols will explode after being hit by musket fire while any big win will set off the cannons on the pirate ship. Together with a typical sea shanty, it creates an authentic pirate atmosphere.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 10 through to A, awarding 1.2x to 2x your bet for a single six of a kind. They are complemented with ship’s wheels, treasure chests, a deckhand, a female pirate and the pirate captain as premiums. Hit six across the reels to win 2x to 25x your stake.
The game has two types of wilds. The standard wild is a pair of crossed pistols and marked with the word itself, appearing on reels two to six and substituting for all regular pay symbols. A blank icon marked with x2 Wild can appear on reels two to six in the base game only and, while also performing the usual substitutions duties, will multiply any win it is part of by x2. Up to three multiplier wilds can appear on every spin with each being multiplied by each other, providing the potential to hit x2, x4 and x8 win multipliers. There are no scatters on this slot as it uses a different mechanic to trigger the free spins.
While you can hit sizeable wins in the base game due to the sheer amount of possible win ways and the multipliers, the main potential for mega wins is clearly in the Free Spins round, which is at the same time the only feature on this game. A display on the right with four anchors is your path to triggering the feature.
Each winning tumble within a spin sequence will illuminate one anchor on the meter. The game will trigger 8 Free Spins after the fourth successive winning tumble and will add +2 free spins for each additional winning tumble in the same spin sequence, up to a maximum of 14 free spins. During the round, collecting again four anchors within a free spin will award +2 free spins and any further anchor another +2 free spins, no limits.
Two extras in the bonus round will have a significant impact on your potential winnings. Any reel displaying seven symbols on a free spin will see a bone frame forming around it and turning it into a Locked Reel, which means that on all following free spins you will always have seven symbols landing on the reel. Plus, each locked reel will increase the win multiplier by x1, irrespective of a win hitting on the same spin. Locking a reel on the last free spin will retrigger one additional free spin.
The second extra is the well-known progressive Megaways multiplier. It starts at x1 and will increase by x1 after each winning reaction, no limits. Any multiplier from the Locked Reels will be added to the overall multiplier.
Lastly, Pirate Kingdom Megaways offers a Buy Free Spins option that has become the norm on Megaways slots. Clicking on the button will lead you to a selection screen where you can pick the number of free spins and the starting number of locked reels. Obviously, you can get more reels locked throughout the feature via the mechanic explained above. It will cost you up to 130x your bet to purchase the feature which will give you instant access to the free spins.
The Megaways tide is rising rapidly as more developers sign a license agreement for the trademarked game engine from Big Time Gaming. Pirate Kingdom Megaways is the first attempt from Iron Dog Studios, a subsidiary of platform operator 1×2 Gaming, and the result is not overly spectacular nor totally bland. We liked the multiplier wilds in the base game and locked reels in the free spins as both provide the best potential to hit mega wins.
Overall, it is a good first effort as the game delivers solid Megaways action with medium volatility and a respectable win limit of 10,000 times your bet. It is a base Iron Dog Studios can build on to create more sophisticated Megaways slots that will “wow” the playing community because the standard fare Pirate Kingdom Megaways delivers won’t be sufficient in the long run.