Cursed Seas Review
At first glance, Cursed Seas is a pretty standard slot game. It has 5 reels, 4 rows and 26 pay lines, which is just a little bit more than average. And while pirate slots are ten a penny these days, this one actually proved to be a lot more unique than many others out there on the market.
With wilds, scatters and multipliers available throughout both the base game and the two bonus rounds, Cursed Seas has a lot more action on offer than originally thought. Not to mention, the top multiplier is a massive 500x, which once you take into account that the maximum bet is 100, you can do the maths and see that this title has the potential to see you walk away with quite the booty—in the pirate sense, of course.
The addition of two independent bonus games is always very welcome, and the fact that the Cursed Areas you can create stick around until the end of each bonus round gives you even more chances to land those multipliers.
The theme of pirates sailing the high seas has been done to death (no pun intended), so it's actually quite nice to see that Hacksaw Gaming has approached the genre in a slightly different way.
All of the pirates aboard this particular ship are mysterious, dark and brooding. Oh, and did we mention they're dead?
The mix of a cursed crew manning an old ship, roaming the ocean and looking for treasure is definitely giving us Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest vibes. However, the oil painting-like graphics give this game a far more antique and classic look than the Disney franchise films.
If you're lucky enough to enter into the Dead Men Tell No Tales bonus game, the animations and graphics go up a notch, with old parchment maps, giant glowing green lanterns, creepy skulls, and even a skeletal old pirate overseeing the game board; inexplicably with a beard that seems to have remained intact, even though he looks like he's been dead for a thousand years.
Finally, the soundtrack to the base game is really quite confusing. It starts off about as generic as you could possibly get for a pirate-themed game, before going into a sort of soft piano track that would be perfect as the backing to a UK holiday program from the 90s. Gloria Hunniford would be proud.
Luckily, Hacksaw Gaming switches up the music when you get into the bonus rounds, with a more offbeat and appropriately adventurous soundtrack.
We've definitely got mixed feelings about the gameplay of Cursed Seas. With 5 reels and 4 rows, this is a textbook slot game. But the addition of 26 pay lines means that there's a little bit more going on here than with many other slot titles.
However, if we're completely honest, the base game can be a little dull. You can take a few minutes to appreciate the detailed drawings and animations, but this soon wears off if you don't land any lantern scatters quickly.
That said, if you can manage to pick up a few chests to activate the Cursed Areas, then the pace starts to quicken.
Of course, what you really want is access to those bonus rounds, and once there, both the Sunken Treasure and Dead Men Tell No Tales games offer far more fast-paced gameplay and an altogether better soundtrack.
With the maximum RTP of 96.22%, the return to player is about average for a slot game. But with high volatility, you could be waiting around for some time for a big win.
To sum up Cursed Seas, the pirate theme is nothing new, and the mechanics are pretty standard fare for a regular slot game.
However, with the addition of two individual bonus rounds and the sheer volume of multipliers available throughout, it offers a lot more seafaring fun than the average pirate-themed game.
Finally, with high volatility and that enormous 12,500x top prize, Cursed Seas proves there’s life in the old (sea) dog yet.