Welcome to Captain No Beard’s Crew where you’ll be looking to chops heads and set sail in this Skulls Up mobile slot from Quickspin.
Let us introduce you to your new ocean family. You’ve got the Red-Headed Lady Captain, who looks friendly enough that she might just give you matching scars on your face. You’ve got Biggy, her stoic towering second in command who won’t take a joke.
But don’t worry, rather than your bunk with smelly the Pirate with a thousand flies as pets, you’ll be snuggling up next to the adorable Wrench the Monkey and Biscuit the Parrot, making this an eclectic crew of fun and scary Pirates.
Which is a good way to describe this Skulls Up mobile slot: a fun and scary addition to the Quickspin slots list.
This is one of the Pirate themed slot machines, which is well crafted and animated. We have no problem with it.
Where it might lose some gamblers is in the mechanics. You won’t get particularly big wins in the 5×3 reel 243 ways to win slot machine, because the paytable amounts are only so-so.
That’s because what you want is open up the reels by getting flaming skulls in this Skulls Up video slot. Each flaming skull that lands on the reel will expand the middle 3 reels by one. The maximum it can expand is by an extra 3 symbols high on those middle reels.
Once expanded you get a free re-spin of the reels, and you also get non-flaming wilds to add some extra wins.
Probably not, but even just opening up 324 ways to win could be worth your wild. You certainly won’t open much more than one or two cases in the base game – but from time to time you get 20x your bet.
The way to win in this Skulls Up slot is by hitting the free spins bonus round. And you know what? These Pirates give you the free spins at least once in 100 spins, which is enough not to feel cheated.
Especially as, whilst you may only get 6 free spins, those flaming wild re-spins are in full effect. Not just that, but the reels stay expanded for the duration of the bonus game, meaning you may get to that 1944 ways to win slot.
If you expand a whole reel by 3 symbols you even get an extra +2 free spins, meaning you could play a total of 12 free spins. If you want even more ways to win and expanded reels, you should also check out the Pillars of Asgard slot review.
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|Mobile Slot released||January 2020|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 243 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.74% / 96.26%|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 100|
|Max win||3650x your bet|
|Free spins||6 Free Spins / None|
|Bonus rounds||Wild, Respins, Expanded Reels, Scatters, Free Spins|
Flaming Skull Wild: The skull in flames triggers the Skulls Up! slot re-spins. This will increase the height of the reel it lands on by one symbol and, as such, are only located in the middle 3 reels. The substitute for all wilds except the chest scatter.
These re-spins continue until no more flaming wilds are found. Once it triggers a re-spin, it turns into a normal skull wild for the next spin.
Skull Wild: These simply substitutes for all symbols except for the chest scatter or the flaming skull wild.
However, if they land at the same time as a flaming skull wild symbol, or a skull up! respin, it will increase the height of the reel that it lands on by one symbol for the rest of the re-spin session.
Scatters and Free Spins: 3 chests scatter symbols on the middle 3 reels will give you 6 flaming free spins. During the bonus games, anytime the Skulls UP! slot respin increase the reel height, it will stay up for the duration of all the free spins and the re-spins.
If you get to the top of the reels, you'll win an additional 2 additional free spins. You can expand all three middle reels to the max, open up 1144 ways to win, and play a total of 12 free spins.
This is pure value for money with a high RTP of 96.26% RTP and a low minimum bet of 0.10 a spin.
Skulls Up is a 5x3 reel video slot which starts with 243 ways to win and can expand up to 1944 ways to win thanks to wilds, re-spins, free spins, and expanded reels.
We gave it four stars because we play so many slot machines all the time, it's fun to see a game provider do something new. However, fans of easier games such as Wings of Riches slot or even the Starburst mobile slot may get frustrated, as this is volatile, but makes you feel like maybe it isn't.
It's not trying to trick you, just make you feel like there's a whole load of action. But the only real action is, ultimately, in the brilliant free spins.
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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 26, 2021 - Rating