Ships of the 17th century were not the sort of perfectly organized, ever so clean paradises we now see in modern cabin cruisers and cruise ships. Life itself was more jammed then, grubbier, and less sanitized than now, and ships, more so pirate ships, were jam-packed with whatever the passengers wanted to bring on board… we are talking all sorts of clutter, as well as atypical pets such as parrots and monkeys.
Attempting to show us what it was like then, the developers at Quickspin tackle the pirate theme once again to bring you Skulls Up, a slot where you will join 3 scallywags on an adventurous treasure hunt. Shiver me timbers! A hunt for fiery skulls and treasure chests be upon us!
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Play Skulls Up! Slot for Free
Go on the pirate adventure with Quickspin and play the full game here. Otherwise, play Skulls Up! for free in a demo below:
- RTP: 96.26%
- High Variance
- 243 to 1944 Win Lines
- Bet Range: €0.10-100
- 2 Wilds
- Bonus Round
- Max Win: €365000
Skulls Up is another addition to Quickspin’s selection of slots that utilize the 243 win ways format, but with a distinguishing add-on that we will be talking about later. What this means is that for you to trigger a win in this game, you are only required to match identical symbols anywhere on adjacent reels.
If you are a fan of pirate fiction, you are aware that freebooters fancied using their hard-earned doubloon to play poker. Therefore, it only makes sense that the developers have combined doubloons and the usual poker icons, Jack through Ace, to create the most recurrent symbols of the game. As cool as this might sound, however, these symbols are the weak sauce in the paytable offering a max reward of only 4 times the bet. To trigger greater rewards, you will have to look for the 3 pirates namely, No-beard, Biggie, and Smelly, who together with their blue macaws and mischievous monkeys will serve up greater rewards of up to 20X.
What Inspired the Game’s Title?
Skulls Up is a high variance slot. This means that for most slot players, their gaming session, especially the first one, might see their bankroll plummet significantly without winning something substantial to cover the losses.
Wipe off those sad faces hearties because we have some good news. At this moment where it feels like you are hanging by the weakest of threads, a fiery skull will come storming the reels to make all the difference. It will land to act like the normal substituting wild (which is also a skull), award a re-spin, and reveal an upper, centrally-placed 3X3 locked grid, where it will unlock one spot.
Normal wilds that show up during the re-spin will also rise to unlock a spot, and a string of these alongside additional fiery wilds could see you unlock the upper grid fully, increasing the winning ways from 243 to a staggering 1944 for outstanding wins. Arrr!
Land 3 treasure chests to unlock a 6 free spins session, where the fiery skull action will continue to shower you with some generous payouts. The good thing with this session is that once the upper 3X3 grid section has been revealed by one fiery skull, it won’t disappear until the end of the session. 2 additional free spins will also be awarded for unlocking three spots vertically.
Skulls Up! Verdict
Skulls Up! is a unique & entertaining video slot fulfilled by decent payouts & easy controls. These are not qualities you are likely to come across with any other new release. And while the pirate theme might only appeal to only those who fancy the reckless life of the sea, the innovative gameplay should appeal to many punters purely on its own merits.