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Title:  Sails of Fortune
Developer: Relax Gaming
Reels: 5
Rows: 3
Paylines: 243-7,776
RTP: 96.17%
Free Spins Freq: N/A
Max Win: 25,000x
Max Win Probability: N/A
Volatility: High
Min/Max Bet: 0.20/60
Release Date: May 19, 2021


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Sails of Fortune: Slot Overview

Developer Relax Gaming turns its attention to the high seas for a piratical game called Sails of Fortune. At first glance, it might look like a fairly traditional slot, but this being Relax, interesting things occur during free spins when mystery symbol stacks and increased ways to win enter the fray. Both are fundamental in cracking the bigger payouts here which can be considerable. Pirating is one of the more populous categories out there, so let's see what wizardry Relax Gaming has done to make theirs stand out from the bunch.

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Played using 5 reels and 243 ways to win, the grid sits atop what has to be one of the cleanest pirate ships ever to sail the seven seas. Maybe the crew nicked a brand new boat, or the captain is a stickler for swabbing the decks. Whatever the reason, this ship is so squeaky clean it borders on being plain. Some studios get mean when designing pirate slots, others, like Relax, take the words 'Jolly Roger' literally. The icing is the jauntiest soundtrack this side of Jamaica, resulting in a pirate ship experience closer to an Ayia Napa party boat than a deadly galleon bristling with cannons, and swabs lusting for plunder. The atmosphere improves when the sun goes down for free spins - then the game adopts a dark Monkey Island feel.


Highly volatile, Sails of Fortune relies on several features to assemble as one to dish out the big wins. But before we take a closer look at the features, it's worth mentioning that RTP comes in two forms, starting with a default value of 96.17%, as well as an increased figure of 96.65% when the bonus buy is active – more on this below. Players may select stakes from 20 p/c to £/€60 per spin, on any device, to begin the treasure hunt.


Prising open the paytable we find 9 regular symbols to knock together wins with. This occurs when at least 2 captains or 3 of every other symbol type form a combination left to right, from the first reel. On the low side of things are 4 card suits, set into planks of wood, then we get more valuable fish bones, messages in bottles, harpoons, a lady, and a gentleman pirate. Should 5 premium symbols line up for a win, their reward is a payout worth 1.5 to 8 times the stake. Sails of Fortune continues the trend for omitting wild symbols, relying on mystery symbols instead to increase winning potential.


Sails of Fortune: Slot Features
With 2 bonus features, mystery symbols, re-spins and free spins are central to the best of the gameplay on offer in Sails of Fortune. They can combine to potentially spectacular effect during the free spins to massively increase the number of ways you can create a winning combination.


Mystery Map Re-Spin feature

The ? is the Mystery Map symbol. All examples of this symbol that appear on the same spin transform into the same symbol and a payout calculation is made. Known as the Mystery Map Re-Spin feature, the Mystery Map symbol then shifts 1 reel to the left and a re-spin is awarded.


The Mystery Maps again transform into the same symbol and a payout consideration is made. The re-spins keep on coming until all the Mystery Maps has dropped off the leftmost reel and there are none left on the reels.

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Treasure Hunt Free Spins feature

The Treasure Hunt Free Spins feature is triggered by landing 3 key scatter symbols anywhere on the reels on the same spin. Your reward here is 8 free spins. The Mystery Maps are in play during the free spins.


Each time a Mystery Map lands, the Mystery Map expands to fill the whole of that reel or reels with the same matching symbol. A payout calculation is then made.  Once again re-spins are awarded, this time with stacked Mystery Symbols. These continue until there are no Mystery Symbols left on the reels.


Look out for the gold coin which can land on reel 5. Each time a gold coin hits, t’s collected in a meter. Collect 3 gold coins and you’ll expand the size of the Mystery Maps from 3 symbols high up to 4 symbols. Collect 3 and then more gold coins and the size of the Mystery Maps rises to 5 and then 6 rows high.


Each expansion also gives you 1 additional free spin. These expansions also have an impact on the number of ways to win. If you land a Mystery Symbol on all 5 reels when they can reach 6 symbols high, you’ll have 7,776 ways to win.


This can also dramatically affect your potential max win per free spin. With 7,776 ways to win in play, you could land up to 25,000 x stake wins on every free spin.

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In some territories, you’ll have the option to use the Buy Free Spins feature. This allows you to buy your way into the Treasure Hunt Free Spins feature for a fee of 70 x your total stake. The RTP also drops to 96.65%. This option isn’t available in the UK though.

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Sails of Fortune: Slot Verdict

Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives, but there is a feeling of unfulfillment after playing Sails of Fortune. One of the issues is the base game isn't hugely entertaining. Perhaps it's the overabundance of wood from the ship and the low pay symbols, combined with the lifeless background. Or possibly it's because Mystery Symbols are just 1x1 size in the base game, rarely adding up to much in their non-expanded form. Anyway, the main game can grind, making the bonus buy a major temptation as it often is in a Relax title.


Once free spins are active, the game shifts into another gear. It's quite literally like night and day, where even the background gets interesting. One thing to keep in mind about Mystery Symbol stacks is that they are mystery symbols, not wilds, so it takes a fair amount of luck for them to pull off something special. If there is more than one in action, unless they are adjacent to each other, they don't tend to be super effective at producing big hits. In other words, it's a highly volatile feature that saves itself for the big hits.


What helps is having a win-all-ways system rather than a few set paylines. It's also technically possible for all 5 reels in free spins to display mystery symbols, though the most was 3 during testing. Should the dream scenario occur and 5 fully expanded mystery stacks reveal the highest paying captain symbols, an immense treasure of 25,000x the bet waits. A lot has to come together in just the right way for that to happen.


All in all, Sails of Fortune does offer something different for pirate fans. It lacks something to make it a really great slot, perhaps the base game is a little too sanitary, but great things are possible during free spins.

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