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We Set Sail for Riches in the Pirate-Themed Skulls up Slot From Quickspin!

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Mr Green Casino  has just added the forthcoming slot from Quickspin to their casino as an exclusive early release, the Skulls Up slot has an official release date of the 14th January 2020, but is exclusively playable today at Mr Greeen.

The Skulls Up slot is a cartoon-styled pirate-themed online slot, using the “ways” payline system and adding a few novel features to this popular payline format. The base game starts as a regular 5×3 reel 243-ways slot but the addition of special Skull and Flaming Skull wilds enables to middle 3 reels to be expanded and increase the number of winning ways up to a maximum of  1944 ways.

The Flaming Skull symbols are the real key to this slot as they act like semi-sticky wilds awarding Flaming Skull Re-Spins with expanded winning ways as parts of the slot get unlocked, further special wilds landing on the re-spins extend this feature further whilst also increasing the number of winning ways.

The regular wilds will also increase the winning ways but do not grant the re-spin, so they are more beneficial in the main bonus round, for unlocking the winning ways quickly and reveal this slots biggest winning potential.

The main bonus round is triggered by 3 regular treasure chest scatter symbols landing on the middle three reels, awarding an initial 6 free spins. All of the same functionality is at play during the bonus round with more frequent Skulls and Flaming Skulls landing on the reels and the addition of 2 extra free spins once any of the middle reels become fully unlocked.

The real key to the bonus round though is the Flaming Skull wilds which help to extend the number of free spins with the re-spin mechanic and further re-spins after this. The gameplay is simple to understand and with regular bonus feature triggers in our playtest, you can see how this slot plays in the gameplay video below.

Skulls Up Slot – Gameplay and Bonus Features

Skulls Up Slot - Intro Screen
Skulls Up Slot - Base Game
Skulls Up Slot - Bonus Trigger
Skulls Up Slot - Gold Skull Re-Spins
Skulls Up Slot - Free Spins Start
Skulls Up Slot - Bonus End
Skulls Up Slot - Technical Summary
Paylinesup to 1944 ways
Variance/VolatilityMedium
Free SpinsYes
MultipliersNo
Re-Trigger Bonus RoundExtra Spins
Special Features

Free Spins
Re-Spins
Semi Sticky Wilds
RTP (Return To Player)96.26%

Special Features

Flaming Re-Spins

Flaming Skull Re-Spins

The Flaming Re-Spins feature is triggered whenever a Flaming Wild Skull symbol lands in view on the reels,  this will also launch any of the regular wild skulls into the covered parts of the reels creating additional winning ways.

A re-spin is then awarded and any new Flaming Skulls that land in view will keep this feature re-spin active, after the first re-spin the Flaming Skull is converted into a regular wild, basically acting like a semi-sticky wild for the re-spin.

Flaming Free Spins

The main bonus round is triggered by landing 3 Treasure Chest Scatter symbols on the reels, awarding an initial 6 free spins.

During the bonus round the same mechanics are in play but the winning ways remain unlocked for the duration of the bonus round as opposed to just during the re-spins, clearing a reel fully will also award 2 extra free spins per reel, giving a maximum of 12 free spins not including any of the Flaming Re-Spins.

With both the extra free spins and Flaming re-spins this can extend the duration of the bonus round massively.

Skulls Up Slot

Overall Opinions

The Skulls Up slot from Quickspin is an enjoyable medium variance slot to play,  the flaming re-spins and fairly regular bonus triggers keep the action fast and exciting, and the semi-sticky wilds help to prolong the bonus rounds, the increasing ways is also a nice touch when fully unlocked.

Whilst this doesn’t seem to be a huge hitting slot in terms of massive win potential, as long as you play with slot with the right expectations it serves to provide very good entertainment, in our playtests the bonus rounds ranged from as low as 5x stake to well over 200x stake, with much higher wins possible but we would be looking at 100x-200x as a realistically achievable target win.

If you want to check out this slot then make sure to use Mr Greencasino, as the official release date for other online casinos is in January 2020, overall, worth a play if you are looking for a fast-paced medium variance slot to play.

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