Shifting Seas slot REVIEW
Shifting Seas ReviewWe had to double check to be sure, but Shifting Seas is actually Thunderkick’s very first full-blown swashbuckling pirate slot. Most developers touch base with this popular genre sooner rather than later, so the crafty Swedes have taken their sweet time. That being said, Shifting Seas comes with a unique shifting reel set engine called Shift Win, and a maxed out 6x7 grid awards 117,649 win ways.
An idyllic treasure island can be seen in the background, and the sea is calm and clear. The sun is setting with a magnificent golden shimmer in the bonus round, as wrecked boats reveal their hidden treasures. The dynamic base game experience is enhanced by 3 feature wilds that can take turns playing out, and you get walking wild reels that progressively increase their multiplier in the bonus round.
Shifting Seas Slot - Reels Screen
Shifting Seas Slot Features
The premium symbols pay between 1 and 5 x your stake for 6 of a kind wins, and Wild symbols also pay 5x your stake for 6-oak. In addition, wilds step in for regular pay symbols to help complete wins. There is a regular wild that can land organically, as well as several feature wilds we’ll get to below.
The Shift Win mechanic moves all reels one step to the right per win, giving you a fresh new reel on the leftmost side. Each new reel that comes in on the uttermost left is one position higher than the previous one. With enough Shift Win triggers you can expand the whole grid to 7 positions in height.
To make things even more dynamic, all winning symbols are removed by the Avalanche mechanic after each win. You will then see new and/or existing symbols drop down from above to fill the gaps, and the feature goes on as long as you keep winning.
In addition to the regular wild, you have 3 different special wild symbols. If special wilds are moved off the grid via the Shift Win mechanic, or if they’re used in a win, their special feature is loaded into the 3-position meter seen on the left. You can load all 3 wild features into the meter queue, and they play out on the following order:
Boost Shift - awards a reel shift which adds a new reel on the leftmost side, and the symbols on the previous leftmost reel are cloned to the new reel.
Symbol Rush - turns 4 to 8 random symbols into a randomly chosen matching symbol.
Wild Surge - turns 1 to 3 symbols into wild symbols at random.
The pirate ship bonus symbol can appear on any reel, and you need to Shift Win it off the grid to the uttermost right to trigger the Bonus Round. This gives you 8 free spins for starters, and you get +4 extra spins each time you retrigger the feature in the same way.
The bonus round starts you off with a Wild Reel to the uttermost left, and it starts with an x1 multiplier. The Wild Reel moves one step right per Shift Win, and it starts all over again on the leftmost side if/when it moves off the grid to the right.
This increases the wild multiplier by +1 each time, as well as giving you +1 extra spin. New Wild Reels can land on random reels during the feature as well, and they behave in the same manner.
The 200 Spins Shifting Seas Slot Experience
We had a pretty good time testing Shifting Seas from Thunderkick, and you can always rely on these guys to provide original and entertaining games. We have created a brief and edited highlights video for your viewing pleasure as usual, and you can see for yourself how we fared by hitting the play button below.
Shifting Seas Slot - Free Spins
The pace is excellent when you double-click in this game, but a regular turbo spin option is definitely something Thunderkick should consider. Also, the spin button click sound gets annoying real quick, not least when you’re tired of double-clicking. Other than that, Shifting Seas comes with an original take on the dynamic reels concept, but actually getting to the bonus round can be a somewhat frustrating sea voyage.
There are plenty of teasers for sure, but as is the case with many Thunderkick installments, the bonus round is hard to get. This may explain the lack of epic Thunderkick win stories out there. The 3 different wild features, as well as the expanded grid, can deliver solid base game payouts up to 15,000x though, at least in theory. The wandering wild feature in the bonus round comes across as a bit of an anti-climax to be honest, and getting larger multipliers is far from easy.
If you enjoy Shifting Seas Slot you should also try:
Pirate Kingdom Megaways - comes with the more traditional and licensed dynamic reels engine, and this swashbuckling Iron Dog release gives you multiplying multiplier wilds in all stages. Maxed out reels are locked in the bonus round, where the uncapped progressive win multiplier can lead to payouts up to 40,000x your stake.
Dead Man's Trail - is a highly engaging buccaneer installment from Relax Gaming, and you can win larger payouts from cash coins in the base game. The main attraction is the Trail Bonus Game though, which comes with 11 unique modifiers and a 50,000x potential.
1429 Uncharted Seas - is a classic seafaring slot from Thunderkick, known for its beautiful sea charts artwork. You get expanding wilds in all stages of the game, and up to 50 FS for starters in the bonus round. The 98.5 % RTP is impressive, but the 670x max win is from another Thunderkick and online slot era.
Shifting Seas Slot FAQs
What is the RTP of Shifting Seas?
The top-tier Shifting Seas RTP of 96.19 % is a tad above average. However, this release comes with customizable RTP ranges.
How volatile is Shifting Seas?
This is a high volatility installment from Thunderkick, and you can expect a bumpy seafaring voyage.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can win up to 15,000x your stake in Shifting Seas, which is in the upper echelon of Thunderkick’s back catalog.
How does the Shift Win mechanic work?
It’s akin to the infinity engine, where winning combos adds a new reel on the uttermost left (instead of right) as the uttermost right reel is moved off the grid. Winning symbols are also removed and replaced, and each newly added Shift Win reel increases 1 position in size.
Is there a free spins mode in Shifting Seas?
You win 8 starting FS when the pirate ship bonus symbol is Shift Won off the grid, and you start with a full reel wild that moves from left to right. New moving full reel wilds can land as well, and their multiplier increases by +1 as they start over on the uttermost left when they move off the grid.
How many winning ways are available?
You can play with up to 117,649 win ways in Shifting Seas, and this number comes from a maxed out 6x7 sized grid.
Can I play Shifting Seas Slot for free?
Yes, you can test the free Shifting Seas demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).