The Pirate Kingdom Megaways is a visually superb title offering 6 reels and 64 to 117, 649 ways to win. Similar to its Megaways siblings, it utilises the cascading grid mechanics where symbols that form a winning combination disappear and new ones drop in their place. The new symbols may form yet another winning combination and so forth. As a result, you have the chance to score an unlimited number of wins in just one spin.
Other than that, the slot is playable across desktop and mobile devices and it accepts bets in the range 0.20 – £25 per spin. It belongs to the medium volatility range, which is great news for those of you who shy away from Megaways slots because of their high variance nature.
The symbols you will land on the reels include the standard Royals on the low end, as well as male and female pirates, chest, wheel, and a captain on the higher end. The standard wild appears on reels 2-6, and performs its symbol replacement duties. The other wild also acts as a substitution symbol but also brings you a x2 multiplier.
Demo play video
You probably expect us to tell you that you need at least 3 scatters to trigger the Free Spins round. Wrong. The slot is devoid of a scatter and Iron Dog took a more creative approach towards the Free Spins activation.
Whenever you land a win, you will see an anchor appearing above the reel set. Collect 4 anchors from 4 consecutive cascades to be awarded 8 free spins. The anchors remain active for the duration of the free spins, so a retrigger is possible. Every winning cascade during the free spins increases the multiplier x1.
Buy Free Spins
If you are too impatient to trigger the free spins round, you can secure yourself an instant feature activation. All players residing outside the UK can take advantage of the Bonus Buy feature. The latter is notorious for eating up your bankroll, as activating such a feature usually costs 70-100x your stake size.
Pirate Kingdom Megaways, however, has three Bonus Buy options. Players can pay 40x, 80x, or 130x their stake worth for 6, 8, or 10 free spins, 1 locked reel. If they decide to go without the locked reel, the price of the feature activation is reduced to 30x, 50x or 90x their stake size, respectively. And now, the most relevant question you may ask is: What is a Locked Reel?
If 7 symbols appear on a reel, that reel is locked at 7 symbols high for the duration of the free spins, and each winning cascade increases the multiplier 1x. The multiplier does not go back to 1x after a losing spin. The possibility to benefit from an unlimited multiplier definitely spices up the gameplay.
The Pirate Kingdom Megaways seems like a quite a successful first attempt. Iron Dog has gone the extra mile to make the slot visually pleasing and integrated some features that make it stand out from the crowd. The Locked Reel, the unlimited multiplier, and the option to choose the price of the Bonus Buy feature are solid reasons to give it a try.