You may have heard the story about Anne Bonny, an Irish born fiery redhead and one of the few known female pirates, who ruled the Caribbean seas until the late 18th century.
The life and adventures of Anne have so far inspired numerous fictional characters in popular culture and it was about time for the first video slot interpretation to appear – it therefore comes as no surprise that Elk developers took upon themselves to create the game based on Bonny’s colourful life, the nature of which fits perfectly to their cinematic style of slot design.
The plot centres around Anne’s revenge, which we learn about in the slot’s intro video, through the panic stricken conversation between her arch-enemies. The theme of vengeance is also emphasised by a reference to Anne’s father, implying his wrongful death.
Together with Anne herself, the main symbols also include the three Captains who play a significant role within Wild Seas slot bonus game, while lower value icons are the coin symbols – Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Elk Studios is a Swedish software developer which did not take long to emerge as one of the most creative gaming companies on the market. The main reason Elk has managed to remain competitive and to successfully rival more experienced developers is their unique approach to the game design and the cinematic quality they employ to each of their releases.
With their formula that rests on 3 crucial components – maths, art and concept, Elk has so far launched some of the visually most beautiful slots on the market: Taco Brothers, Bloopers, Taco Brothers Saving Christmas etc.
How to Play It
Wild Seas slot is 178 ways win, 5 reels and 4 rows slot, which allows the player to select the Quick play option and even activate the reality checks reminders, which can pop up every 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes. There are 12 different betting levels that the player can select from the betting table.
The same screen also provides Auto Play option, allowing the player to select 10, 25, 50 or 100 auto spins which can be stopped manually. Wild Seas slot also has an advantage of the integrated betting strategy feature that comes with four different levels: Optimizer, Leveller, Booster and Jumper, each with a different approach to placing the bets and allowing the player to either raise or decrease the wagering amount after consecutive wins or losses.
Wild Seas is played in two different modes, Main game and Bonus modes, activated with the landing of specific symbols, such as Wild Seas Flag icon.
With the unlocking of the Break the Convoy mode, the Four Ships Convoy and Pirate Ship icons are introduced. The Convoy will continue its journey across the reels, sailing to the left and substituting all other symbols, except for the Pirate Ship, which will open fire and try to hit the Convoy in order to take its reel position.
Three successful hits activate a new Bonus feature, Loot the Treasures!, where Sticky Wild Chests icon takes the position of the destroyed ship. The Bonus mode will be completed if there are no more Ship Wilds to sink or if the combination of the Barrel and the Pirate Ship icon appears on the same row.
At the beginning of the Bonus mode, one of the Captain icons is selected as the opponent for that particular bonus round, replacing the other two remaining Captains; as usual, the Bonuses are played on the same wagering amounts of the triggering spin.
Maximum payout that can be won on Wild Seas is $178,000, played on the highest betting level. The lower betting limit is $0.20, and the wagering amount can be increased to the maximum of $100 per spin.
There is also an option to pre-select the percentage that you are willing to wager, which will then be taken out of the total balance and can range from 1% (if you are a casual player) to 10% (for high rollers). The theoretical return to the player is 96.3%, categorising the Wild Seas as a medium variance slot.
Worthy of the developer’s vision and definitely a great (although not the best) contribution to Elk Studios universe, Wild Seas has literally everything you would want out of a slot – great interface, stunning visual features, excellent payout potential and even a wagering planner, a feature characteristic for Elk releases.
More importantly, Wild Seas slot is available as a mobile variant, allowing you to sink ships and loot the treasures on-the-go and across different devices.