Octopays is a slot set under the sea which centres around two very different octopuses. The first is a small baby orange octopus which acts as both the wild and the bonus symbol. During the bonus feature, a much larger red ‘Kraken’ octopus appears and can make wins that much larger. This game utilises the all-ways winning system, offering 243 ways to win for each spin.
The main feature sees you awarded with free spins. During these spins, extra wilds are added to the reels and when the Kraken appears, wins are given a huge boost.
This underwater themed slot features five reels, each of the reels three high. Instead of the usual win lines, you’ll find the popular all-ways winning system in place. In all, you’ll have 243 possible ways to win each time you spin, and these come at the cost of 30 credits. Your bets are in multiples of 30 coins.
The highest paying symbol is a treasure chest, with gold coins piled around the bottom of the wooden chest. Land this leading symbol on every reel and you’ll win 800 coins. Next on the pay table is an old diver’s helmet. Having seen a helmet at the bottom of the ocean, you might wonder what happened to the diver? Whatever saw the demise of the diver, you’ll be pleased to see the helmet as you’ll win 600 coins for landing the maximum five. The distinctive looking hammer-head shark is the next highest paying, with a top win amount of 400 coins. A rusty anchor is joined by the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A in completing the standard symbols.
The wild symbol in the game is represented by the small orange coloured octopus. This wild only appears on reels two and four. However, unlike many other wilds, this will substitute for every other symbol in the game. Usually a wild doesn’t substitute for a bonus symbol, but as the wild is also the bonus symbol, this doesn’t apply here.
Octopays has a single feature which is activated by landing the wild symbol on both reels two and four. You’ll now enter a free spins bonus round where 12 spins are awarded. Each spin is potentially more rewarding than in the base game however. First, before every free spin, the giant kraken can place up to four wild symbols on the reels anywhere apart from reel 3. This will immediately boost your winning chances. However, it can get much better than that. Occasionally the kraken will appear on reel three during the feature. This kraken acts an additional wild symbol and will multiply any wins using the kraken wild by 2. Whenever this fearsome creature appears, each of the smaller octopus symbols will now ink themselves. Any wins which now contain the inked wild symbols will also be the subject of a 2x multiplier.
All the action in this MicroGaming slot takes place at the bottom of the sea. The background to the reels shows an ancient wooden wreck which the kraken has clearly dragged under the sea. This wreck is now green in colour, while the blue of the ocean shines through below. The title sits above the reels with bright orange bubble lettering, while the reels themselves have a dark blue backing.
Behind each of the symbols you’ll find the outline of an octopus, while the design of the symbols is impressive. Land a win with any of the sea creatures and you’ll be met with an equally impressive animation. The feature looks good too, especially when the kraken prods those extra wilds onto the reels. Throughout the game you’ll hear a gentle, but very atmospheric theme tune, which adds a movie-like feel to the slot.
Octopays is an enjoyable slot from the very start. The graphics are appealing which makes for a fun base game – the soundtrack only enhancing the game. The all-ways winning system ensures that those pay outs come along on a regular basis too. The free spins feature is especially good. Those extra wilds can make any spin offer up those large multi-line pay outs. Wait for the kraken to appear and those big wins can be instantly doubled – sure to make a difference to your bankroll.