A new Microgaming slot machine, Boom Pirates, is shaking up the online slots market with more paylines than ever!
Microgaming has always been a pioneer of online gambling.
So many industry firsts came from this company. The first online
casino, the first mobile casino, the first millionaire-maker
progressive slot machine. Microgaming also had a hand in the
explosion of multifarious paying lines in digital slot machines.
The Isle of Man-based company was responsible for the first ‘ways to win‘ slot games. It started with a reasonable number of 248. That was a huge jump from the traditional 9-line, 20-line, and 50-line games that most players were used to. But those games required players to pay one credit per active line.
Microgaming knew that players would never spend 248 credits per
spin, so they didn’t call them paylines, and they didn’t charge
by-the-line. Instead, they called them “ways to win”, and
they divided the player’s total bet by the number of active ways,
keeping the cost to play just as low as the games everyone was used
to. It was an instant success, growing over time into 700+ ways,
1,000+ ways, as high as around 100,000 ways to win! Apparently even
that wasn’t enough…
New Microgaming Slot Machine w/ 10 Million “Wonderways”
One of Microgaming’s newest digital content partners, an independent studio called Foxium, expanded on the iGaming software giant’s original concept with a new feature they dubbed “Wonderways”. Foxium’s design crew deployed this colossal new creation in a fresh game titled they call the Boom Pirates Slot.
When the canons start firing, the number of ways to win, which
starts just above one thousand, can grow to as high as 10,077,696
ways – or rather, Wonderways. Intrigued? I thought so.
Boom Pirates Slot by Foxium on Microgaming Quickfire
The new slot machine went live on Microgaming’s Quickfire platform earlier this month. The theme is obvious from the name, set
in the olden days, when merchant ships – huge carracks and frigates
– sailed the high seas, too-often trailed by dastardly pirates
seeking to steal their precious cargo. When they weren’t attacking
ships, they were plundering seaside villages, just as the Boom
Pirates pillage the slot reels in Foxiums newest digital creation.
The base game starts featuring an over-sized grid of 5×4 reels,
resulting in 1,024 possible ways to line up a winning combination. At
random, the screen will zoom out, displaying enough positions to
cover 6×9 reel spaces. The ships fires its canons, with each position
hit opening up. In the base game, these positions remain for just one
spin, increasing the Wonderways to the number displayed above the
That’s all fine and profitably dandy, but the real fun doesn’t
happen until the free spins feature is triggered!
Yo-Ho-Ho! Free Spins for All Ye Land Lubbers
There are special scatter symbols that can only appear on reels 1,
3 and 5. When they do, they spell out Yo-Ho-Ho, triggering the
games best feature – free spins. Players will receive 10 free spins
to start, and an additional 5 free spins each time Yo-Ho-Ho appears
on reels 1, 3 and 5 again during the free games.
The best part about free spins is that all random canon fires that
unlock extra positions on the reels will remain unlocked throughout
the feature. This is the only way to unlock the full 6×9 grid,
thereby taking advantage of the max 10 million Wonderways.
There are other hidden treasures to be discovered in the new
Microgaming slot machine, Boom Pirates. They include wilds,
multipliers, and a vivacious, fiery-haired pirate captain who
randomly swings down on a rope to slice and dice a guaranteed win of
at least 5 matching symbols on a line.
All in all, it’s a great adventure with a favorable 96.19% RTP.
Following an early release at Royal Vegas Casino’s sister site, Vegas
Palms, in August, you can now find the Boom Pirates Slot available at
all online casinos employing the Quickfire platform.
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