If you’re up for the challenge of braving storms and monsters, check out 1429 Unchartered Seas Slot from Scandi games studio Thunderkick. You’ll need all your wits about you as you take to the high seas and navigate the five reels and 25 Paylines – unchartered waters indeed!
Rather than regurgitating the bog-standard cartoonish pirate-themed slot that’s been done countless times before, this game harks back to the earliest days of the ocean-going explorers. The reels take on the appearance of an ancient map (even though you’re supposedly in er, unchartered waters!), while 1429 refers to the year in which the game takes place.
Flickering candles, the sensation of rolling on the ocean and an orchestral soundtrack which also has cannon fire, bells and thunder cracks, bring this game vividly to life.
Look forward to expanding Wilds and a free spin feature offering up to 100 freebies, too.
How to play
As with other Thunderkick slots, play across all devices from 10p a go to up to £100 per spin if you’re feeling especially lucky; this game translates well to a smaller screen. The standard Autoplay function is here, allowing you to set up to 5,000 uninterrupted automatic spins. (If the bonus game activates, by the way, you can pause this feature.)
Symbols incorporate stars, moons and suns, alongside a number of creatures of the deep, like lobsters and octopuses. But the most lucrative is the mermaid icon, paying up to 50x stake for five.
Just match between three and five symbols across any Payline, starting from Reel 1, to enjoy a win.
1429 Unchartered Seas Slot special features
The ship is the Wild here, showing up only on Reels 2 through 4. When it’s part of a winning combo, it expands as described below, and as ever replaces all icons save the bonus Scatter symbol, the all-important compass.
When a Wild pops up in a winning Payline, it launches the expanding Wild feature, meaning it grows to turn the whole reel Wild, and you’re allowed up to three of these reels off every spin in the base game.
Free spins round
Along with the expanding Wilds, this is the main perk in Unchartered Seas. Land three, four or five of the compass Scatters to enjoy 10, 20 or 50 free whirls respectively.
Should the Scatter reappear during the round, you can retrigger further free spins. Equally, the expanding Wild thing applies, so that you could end up playing with three Wild reels per freebie.
Return to Player (RTP)
1429 Unchartered Seas Slot has an RTP or Return to Player of 98.5%, so it’s significantly higher than most Thunderkick offerings (of typically 96.1%). It’s low variance, so expect smaller but less frequent wins, making it a good choice if you want to maximise your playing time and stretch out your budget.
While the gameplay (free spins, a Wild) may not be too different to what you have experienced before, the engaging soundtrack and truly gorgeous graphics lift Unchartered Seas out of the ordinary. As ever, Thunderkick has invested significant time in ensuring the game looks as stunning as possible.
That high RTP just adds to the attraction as well. Check it out for yourself, and let us know how you get on.