The Octopays online video slot title is another game from Microgaming’s Quickfire platform that blends multi-hued, detailed artwork with some likable game features, all wrapped up in a cute theme. The action in this five-reeler takes place in an octopus’s garden on the sea bed, home to wrecked ships and other treasures.
Dispensing with paylines completely, Octopays uses the 243 Ways to Win system. As long as matching symbols are all on adjacent reels, and they run consecutively from Reel 1, they qualify to form part of a combo, no matter which window they occupy on the reel.
This allows the player to focus only on their total bet, which can be in coin denominations of 0.01 to 0.50, and players can bet a maximum of 300 coins. Prizes on the pay table adjust according to the player’s total wager, so all amounts mentioned here as example relate to a max bet.
Six Poker Values and Four Others
Although the background artwork and themed symbols are exquisite, Microgaming seems to have abandoned any creative effort on the six Poker values that make up Octopays’ low-scoring icons.
The 9 to A are rendered in brightly coloured but simple fonts, trimmed in gold, with the picture cards carrying appropriate royal embellishments. They have no connection to an undersea garden, but they deliver prizes of between 100 for three 9s or 10s, and 1,500 for five Ks or As.
Much more attention is paid to the theme in Octopays’ four high-value symbols. An abandoned anchor, crusted with slime and barnacles, wins 200, 600 or 2,000 for three, four or five matches, and the same sequences will reward the hammerhead shark with 250, 700 or 4,000.
The sunken diving-suit helmet wins 300, 800 or 6,000, and the treasure chest has the highest value among the payline symbols, winning 350, 900 or 8,000.
Octopus Wild Only on Two Reels
The cutest symbol used in Octopays is without a doubt the title’s Wild icon. An adorable orange octopus, with big green eyes and short, stubby tentacles, appears in a glowing halo of colour and starfish to make substitutions and complete more wins.
The Octopays Wild can appear only on Reels 2 and 4, however, so there is no possibility of winning enhanced prizes for matching Wild runs on a payline, as is the case with many other titles found at this site. The Octopays Wild can serve as a substitute only, but it can replace any of the 10 ordinary pay line symbols to complete or enhance a winning combination.
Wild Also Triggers Kraken Feature
Octopays uses no Bonus Scatter, but it does have a free spins round called The Kraken Feature. If a Wild shows up on Reels 2 and 4 on the same spin, they trigger a round of 12 free spins, which unfortunately cannot be re-triggered while the bonus is running,
During free spins, a scary deep-sea fish, the Kraken, can appear on Reel 3. The Kraken acts as an extra Wild, able to substitute for any symbols except the standard Octopays Wild itself, and doubling any wins it forms part of. If a win contains both the Kraken and an octopus Wild, the octopus inks itself in fright, and the win is multiplied by X2 again.