Blue Fortune: Slot Overview
Developer Quickspin gets all briny in Blue Fortune, a pirate-themed adventure that’s actually a reskin of a previous game titled Northern Sky (2018). Actually, misadventure might be a more appropriate word since Blue Fortune takes place at the bottom of the sea where nasty underwater creatures abound, as do plenty of skulls, and pirates appear in a zombified form. This sojourn across the seas apparently went wrong somewhere between rousing a rabble in a Caribbean tavern and burying chests of loot after successful plundering.
At first glance, Blue Fortune brought to mind Thunderkick’s Esqueleto Explosivo slots as much as its predecessor Northern Sky. This is mainly due to a transparent 5-reel grid covered in skull symbols, though these ones aren’t as lively as the Mariachi-driven lot. There are clues as to the crew’s fate behind the reels where a pirate ship lies amid weeds, while giant tentacles wrap around its hull as if the great creature pulled the vessel down to its doom. It’s a bit grim, but the rest of the game has been designed using a cartoon style to keep the mood light.
One area which isn’t light is the math model with volatility rated 4.83 out of 5. Since Blue Fortune is a straight reskin, the numbers are the same as Northern Sky’s were, including a fairly generous RTP value of 96.57%. The majority of RTP comes in the base game via a win respin feature, with around a quarter allocated to free spins, where low-paying symbols are removed from the reels as you will see.
These low pays symbols are comprised of purple, green, and crimson skulls, while high pays are 4 pirate characters. Each one has a name, so in ascending order of value, prepare to meet Salty, Pegleg, Scarlet, then finally Roger. He’s the captain worth 40 times the bet for a combination made up of five symbols. At least three of a kind is required to trigger a payment, landing adjacently from the first reel across 9 fixed paylines. There is no wild symbol, and the only other tile used in the game is a scatter, covered next.
Blue Fortune: Slot Features
There’s not a lot to Blue Fortune when it comes to extras. There’s a hold respin feature as seen in other games like NetEnt’s Jack Hammer, as well as a triggered round of free spins. When wins hit, whether in the base or bonus game, tentacles wrap around the successful symbols, locking them into place. The rest of the reels are then respun. If more winning symbols land, they are also locked in place. Respins continue in this way until no new winning symbols appear or the grid is filled. Payouts are made on each respin, not at the end of the sequence, meaning repeat payouts can build into decent little stacks of coins.
During this process, if 3 scatter symbols land on respins, then 10 free spins are awarded. Just so you know, scatters are cleared on respins to free their position for other symbols but are collected on a meter located to the left of the reels. The same rules apply as the base game during free spins, except low pay symbols are removed, so only the higher value character tiles appear on the reels.
Blue Fortune: Slot Verdict
Quickspin describes Blue Fortune as being ‘the perfect slot for casual players who enjoy beautiful graphics together with long gameplay.’ If this encapsulates your style, then Blue Fortune is sure to entertain. It looks good, with its slinky animations, big chunky symbols, and murky underworld setting. Free spins are a bit of a let-down aesthetically since you swap the atmospheric sunken ship graphics for one of a plain sea littered with flotsam and jetsam. On the whole, Blue Fortune isn’t the visual feast Northern Lights was, yet it doesn’t exactly harm your eyes either.
The respin feature hits often, so it’s possible to trigger some nice drawn-out repeat win sequences, creating decent bang for your buck. It’s also nice knowing landing a win means you’ll get paid out at least twice. These wins won’t be astounding most of the time, though occasionally, one of the higher value premiums will get caught in a tidy win loop. Don’t count on it being Roger, though; that guy was nigh on impossible to drag into a combination.
One issue is that below Roger, symbol values dip quickly. A full screen of non-premium symbols, for example, is only worth 9 to 18 times the bet, though if you make it that far, there will probably be a few lesser wins along the way, boosting the final respin total. The free spins round makes the job of cobbling together higher value respins a bit easier since it’s a skull-free zone. Blue Fortune’s respins are nothing like the thrill ride of, say, King Respins from Rise of the Mountain King, which could be a better option if you’re up for some respin action but crave something a lot more potent. That’s just not the sort of game Blue Fortune is trying to be where potential maxes out at 3,111 times your stake.
After this and the Sinbad upgrade, it seems like Quickspin is nostalgically combing their back catalogue for upgrade opportunities. Blue Fortune makes the conversion well and is a nicely flowing pirate game with a constant drip-feeding win setup which should entertain its target audience.
Being a clone of Northern Sky, Blue Fortune serves up the same fast-flowing respin feature to entertain casual players in a grimmer, less carefree environment.