Back in its heyday, the Spanish Main was a spot where the brave, the bold, and the lucky could risk all to find their fortune. One swashbuckling community member combined all of those traits and turned them into a win that Henry Morgan would be proud of. The slot in question is Sails of Fortune, a high seas high jinks from the innovative minds at Relax Gaming.
Sails of Fortune’s shining moments come during Treasure Hunt Free Spins, which, in this round, is activated using the bonus buy option rather than naturally triggered from the base game. For 70 times the base bet of 5 Swedish Krona (roughly 50c), three skull key scatters land to award 8 free spins to start the plunder off.
In Sails of Fortune’s base game, whenever Mystery Map Symbols hit, they reveal the same pay symbol while awarding a respin. Respins remain active as long as Mystery Symbols are in view – moving one reel to the left on each spin until they fall off. What makes Treasure Hunt Free Spins special is that when Mystery Map Symbols hit, they also expand to cover the entire reel with matching symbols. In addition, when treasure chest coins appear on the reels, they are collected, expanding Mystery Symbols by one extra position at certain collection levels.
Enough coins are collected during this big win clip to push mystery symbols to four positions in height – right before they are needed most. Until then, the bonus game sails largely through calm waters, picking up flotsam, jetsam, and the odd barnacle via Mystery Map Symbol reveals. Nothing to hint at what is to come.
The ‘dude! what?‘ moment occurs at 1:47 when two walking Mystery Maps are joined by three fresh Mystery Map Symbols. In a dream scenario, all five Mystery Maps flip to reveal the highest value symbol on the paytable – the captain. Combining 1,024 ways with a five of a kind win worth 8 times the stake produces an 8,192 times the bet result from that single spin. The following celebratory animation bristles with cannons, muskets, and cutlasses in a similar vein to Money Train 2‘s epic count-ups.
Not long later, an almost full grid of clubs tops up the bonus round with a tidy 512x win, and from there, Sails of Fortune drifts triumphantly back to port. The haul from this voyage comes to a grand total of 43,720 kr (€4,319) or 8,744 times the base bet.
As well as being a super win, another encouraging thing about the clip is that Sails of Fortune had plenty of room left for even better results. Tapping away on a calculator shows that if Mystery Map Symbols had been six positions high, the full-screen captain win would have been worth a shed load more, destroying the game’s 25,000x win cap.
Once again, a Relax Gaming release provides motivation for budding big win chasers. As well as producing an entertaining video clip, the best part of the win for this salty sea dog is the treasure doesn’t have to be divvied up amongst a crew.