We’ve been under the sea to review pokies several times here at Australian Gambling. The ocean is a hotbed for pokies themes, thanks to the combination of mystery and fantastic creatures real and imaginary – not to mention the many nautical themes that are possible as well.
Today, we’re looking at Octopays, a game that features some great beasts that dwell beneath the waves. This is a pokie that’s larger than life in a few different ways, not the least of which is the 243 Ways system that makes up the backbone of this machine.
Octopays is a 243 Ways machine, meaning that you don’t have to worry about choosing how many paylines you want to play on each spin. Instead, you’ll have all winning combinations covered at all times, whether you play for the minimum, the maximum, or anything in between. You can bet anywhere between 30 and 300 coins on each spin, and with coin sizes ranging from $0.01 to $0.50, that’s enough to provide plenty of variety in spin costs for any pokies player.
The object of Octopays is the same as in any regular pokie: match symbols from left to right across the reels. The symbols are generally ocean-themed, but they start in the same place as many pokies. At the lower value levels, you can match symbols like nines, tens, and so forth up to aces, covering all the high-ranking cards in a standard deck.
For bigger prizes, you’ll want to hit some things you’d find under the ocean, like anchors and hammerhead sharks. The big money comes when you find matching treasure chests, which can earn you 800 coins on a minimum bet, if you’re lucky enough to match five of them in a row.
In the basic Octopays game, there’s really only one special symbol to take note of. A cute looking orange octopus roams both the second and the fourth reels, and it acts as the wild symbol on this machine, substituting for any other symbol in order to make winning combinations.
Since the octopus only shows up on those two reels, it can’t win any prizes on its own. But if you manage to hit it on both the second and fourth reels on the same spin, you’ll activate the Kraken Feature. This immediately awards you with 12 free spins.
Before each of these spins, the reels will be visited by the kraken, which will place up to four octopus symbols randomly on the reels (with the only exception being that they will never appear on the third reel). These symbols are still wild, as during normal spins. At the end of each spin, the added octopus symbols will swim off screen.
The free spins game comes with one other bonus. There’s a moray eel symbol that can appear on the third reel. When it does, any octopuses also on the screen will ink themselves. Besides being kind of funny, this is important, as it turns all of the octopuses into 2x multiplier wilds, doubling the value of any wins they take part in. The eel itself also acts as a 2x multiplier substitute itself.
Despite being a relatively new pokie, Octopays feels more like a game that might have been released a few years ago. That’s not a slight on it, as the graphics are attractive and the gameplay is smooth and attractive. We just mean that the game doesn’t feature the wide range of bonus rounds and special symbols that have become commonplace on every new pokie released these days.
If you’re looking for a new game that isn’t overloaded with special features, Octopays might just be a game you’ll enjoy, especially if the undersea theme continues to speak to you.