Booty Bay Review
Love them or hate them, pirates have left an undeniable mark on history. They were able to terrorise empires that drastically outnumbered them and often made off with incredible loot.
Their exploits have made them into legends, which we still fondly remember today. However, as pirates came and went, their treasure has long since disappeared. Will we find a worthwhile grand prize in Push Gaming’s Booty Bay?
- High variance with a 20,000x maximum win
- Wins awarded using a cluster pays system
- Five incredible bonuses with great winning potential
When all the great empires of the world hunt you, you need a place to hide your treasure. A place to get away from the world, to relax, and feel safe.
For pirates, this place was a hideout like no other. That is why they left behind many fun goodies.
Notable bonuses include the hotzone, locking Wilds, swirling rapids, the treasure map, and the triple Wild lock special feature. You can win a maximum of 20,000x per spin.
Theme, Graphics and Sounds
If you like pirates, then this online slot will be right up your alley. The developer does a great job of making the game feel like a pirate’s hideout.
The background image plays the most important part in this. We have a large pirate warship floating by the reels and a couple of treasure chests in the open. Symbol designs are equally pirate-themed, which we like quite a lot.
You play this release on a five-reel, five-row board with a cluster pays system instead of using traditional paylines.
To win, you need at least six matching icons next to one another to form a cluster. The more symbols take part in a cluster, the better the cash prize will be.
Booty Wild icons can appear in any position and substitute for other paying symbols. The Wild also appears with an attached multiplier.
The hotzone always appears in the same place. It is a 3×3 chunk in the center of the playing field, highlighted in yellow colour. If a Wild lands inside a hotzone, it triggers re-spins.
Wilds move to a random adjacent position while the re-spin occurs. If a Wild remains in the hotzone after moving, it grants another re-spin, and its multiplier increases by one.
Land locking Wilds anywhere on the board to win the associated special feature. When this bonus is active, all Booty Wild icons in the hotzone are locked in place for three re-spins. Locked Wilds do not move during re-spins.
The swirling rapids bonus activates if the swirling rapids symbol lands on the board. When the special feature triggers, players receive a re-spin regardless if they have any Wilds in the hotzone.
During this re-spin, all unlocked Wilds are moved to random positions within the hotzone.
If a treasure map lands on the board, it reveals six possible prizes. The prizes are then shuffled and placed face down. Pick one of the six circles to reveal one of the prizes. The prize you picked is your win.
The last available bonus is the Triple Wild Lock special feature. It triggers when you find three Wilds on the reels, and it can only trigger once per bet.
During this special feature, all Wilds in the hotzone lock in place for three re-spins. Locked Wilds do not move to an adjacent position during re-spins.
Where To Play Booty Bay?
RTP, bet sizes and volatility
The RTP for Booty Bay is 96.41%. This is better than the current average for slots, which sits at 96%.
You can bet between $0.10 and $100 on each spin.
Push Gaming’s title has a top prize of 20,000x your total stake. This is an incredible jackpot, but one that is sufficiently challenging to unlock. For fans of high variance, this game is a great pick.
Our overall impression of this release was quite good. The pirate theme is done quite well, and the visuals are top-notch.
That said, we feel like Booty Bay may have one special feature too many. We would prefer fewer bonuses overall but making them appear more often.
However, the current setup is not bad either. Especially as it can lead to impressive wins. We rate this slot 4 out of 5 stars.