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Foxium games run with the tagline ‘outfoxing the ordinary’, and in the world of slots, that’s a very ambitious statement to make. Because these games all inherently work on the same premise, there’s a limit to how creative you can get, but I was excited to be proved wrong.

Boom Pirates certainly carries an interesting name, and this together with Medium to High volatility and a maximum win of 3,800 x your bet will definitely pique a lot of player interest. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’m a sucker for a pirate theme, so let’s find out exactly what it is that makes this slot go boom.

  • The maximum win can be achieved in both the base game and during special features
  • There are 5 special features offering impressive win potential
  • Fantastic theme, design and animations
  • Boom Pirates is available to players in Canada
  • The Free Spins feature can’t be re-triggered
  • The Buy Now feature increases player risk considerably
  • The Foxify feature is a little vague on the benefits
TYPEVideo Slot
REELS AND PAYLINES5-9 reels, 1024 - 10,077,696 paylines
GAME FEATURESWonderways™ Mechanic, Foxify™ Button, Boom Pirates Feature, Buy Feature, Free Spins
VOLATILITYMedium - High
RANGE OF BET0.20 -50.00
COIN VALUES0.30, 0.75, 1.50, 3.00, 3.75, 7.50, 15.00, 30.00, 75.00
MAXIMUM WIN3,800 x your bet
PAYOUT96.19%
SOFTWARE PROVIDERFoxium

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Boom Pirates - Theme and Background

Foxium is a very small games studio, but partnering up with Microgaming has given it the force of a much larger player. And the small studio’s skill really shines through in the animations, graphics and storylines supporting the slot — even if the slot in question was a year late in hitting our screens. In fact, watching the promo video made me wish it was a movie I could snag a couple tickets to go see. But I’ll have to be satisfied with it as a slot instead.

If you want to be hyper critical then you could say that the theme itself isn’t particularly original, made up of the rum-swigging, land-pillaging pirates that have been portrayed for centuries. There’s also the cliched attractive female pirate thrown in (that would be Captain Mary) who manages to look alluring despite the grime that swamps her male counterpart (First Mate Ben). The backdrop is an island, most likely the victim of their next round of pillaging, which even changes from daytime to nightfall keeping things extra engaging for the player. Across the reels are a series of symbols to complement the theme. As you spin you’ll be greeted by gun powder barrels, cannons, parrots, and both Ben and Mary. The low symbols are represented by A, K, Q, J and 10, which is a little disappointing, but we’ll forgive them the lack of all original symbols in the face of the overall excellent design.

Boom Pirates - Gameplay

The Boom Pirates launch date was delayed about a year, but it seems it was a year well spent as the slot comes with 5 different special features, each designed to get you to those big payouts. Of course, it also means that confusion may abound, so here’s a summary of what’s what to help you hit the high seas with more clarity.

Boom Pirates First Mate Ben

Foxify

Your first order of business will be to decide if you want to engage the Foxify feature or not. The benefit of doing so is that your chances of triggering the Yo Ho Ho Free Spins (more on this below) is increased, but will also increase your current bet size by 50%. For example, a spin with 2.00 credits will increase to 3.00.

I’m slightly suspicious of this feature because there’s no information about how much your chances of triggering the free spins is increased by.

Boom Pirates cannon symbol

Buy Feature

If you don’t want to take your chances with Foxify, then you can buy your way straight into the action. Go straight to the free spins game for 100 times your bet.

Boom Pirates poison symbol

Wonderways Reel Extension

This is the first of 2 randomly triggered features. When it’s activated during the base game, the grid will grow up to a maximum 9×6 size, with a top 10,077,696 ways to win. However, the extra reels and rows are activated only if they contain a winning symbol.

Boom Pirates Captain Mary Symbol

Mary’s Swashbuckling Attack

The second randomly-triggered feature will occur during a losing spin in the base game. Captain Mary with swoop in on a rope and transform grid symbols to guarantee a five of a kind win.

Boom Pirates Yohoho symbol

Yo Ho Ho Free Spins

You’ll need 3 scatters to activate the slot’s free games feature. You’ll know when this happens because the words YO-HO-HO will appear on reels 1, 3, and 5. Achieving this will trigger 10 free spins, and the grid could potentially expand to its maximum size. The size of the grid is determined at random.

The additional paylines are activated when you land winning combinations, and they’ll remain active until the end of the round. If you land three more scatters during the feature, then you’ll be awarded another 5 free spins, and there’s no cap on this.

Boom Pirates - Payouts and Wagering Limits

Unsurprisingly, the slot’s lowest wins come from combinations made with the A,K, Q, J, and 10 symbols, awarding just 1 x your bet up to a maximum of 5 x for 5 of a kind. But fear not, there are plenty of other opportunities to scoop up some big payouts. The remaining symbols represented by gun powder barrels, cannons, parrots, the First Mate Ben and Captain Mary hold bigger values ranging from 1.2 x to 5 x and 7.5 x to 25 x.

Oddly enough, the game doesn’t use any Wilds, but this doesn’t seem to reduce the amount of winning combinations possible, largely due to the Scatters and randomly triggered features. Players have the opportunity to trigger the game’s maximum win of 3,800 x the stake at every turn, both inside and outside the special features.

Boom Pirates - Final Verdict

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Final Verdict

Boom Pirates

98%

When a game delays its launch date for a year, its inevitable that fans will be hoping for big things. Think about that long-awaited final season of Game of Thrones. And for the most part Boom Pirates delivers on the hype, with an immersive slot that’s action packed and highly entertaining. The gameplay itself is well diversified, offering enough variety to keep you hooked for a good long while. It also pays out frequently and generously, though you do have to watch out for the Buy Feature which could see you losing all your profit if you’re not careful.

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