Loose Cannon Slots
Loose Cannon is a slot based in and around the world of pirates on the high seas. No pirate ship would be complete without a captain and the captain here has the stereotypical eye patch and I’m guessing he would also have just one leg if we could actually see his leg(s). In fact the only thing missing is a parrot. Joining him on the reels are his female companion, the treasure map and chest, a pair of pistols, a flagon of rum and an amiable little monkey. The highlight of the game is a free spins round while additional wilds are randomly fired from the cannons.
The game is set on the deck of the pirate ship looking out to the sea with the skull and crossbones being proudly displayed on the rigging. An island lays in the distance, with a large black skull cut into the cliffs, lights shining through the eyes to illuminate the way. The symbols on the reels are all designed as cartoon characters and each animates when forming part of a win line, giving the game a sense of fun, which is especially the case when it comes to the monkey. The accompanying sound to the slot is a jaunty pirate theme featuring an accordion, but I should warn you that it can become a little repetitive, so use of the mute button might be advisable!
How to play & real money versions
Like many MicroGaming slots, Loose Cannon has 5 reels and 243 ways to win. This means that instead of the more usual win lines, you’ll win here when landing three or more symbols on adjacent reels from left to right, irrespective of the actual position on the reels. These 243 ways to win come at the cost of 30 credits. The ‘Loose Cannon’ title symbol is the highest paying at the slot, paying 250 coins for five, with the captain, his female companion and the monkey paying 200, 175 and 150 respectively. The treasure chest, the map, the flagon of rum and the pistols complete the standard symbols on the reels.
Auto play options are always handy but few are as impressive as those offered here. Firstly, with one click you can set the slot in motion for 10, 25, 50 or 100 spins, with the added option of setting a specific number of spins too. However, the best option of all perhaps, is to set the game playing ‘until stop’ where the game will continue until you land the feature, or indeed run out of funds.
The wild symbol is a ship with the word ‘wild’ spread across the sails. This only appears on reel 3, but when it does it will expand to take up the entire reel. These wilds can fire to the left and right and create additional extra wilds, with the possibility of all 15 symbols of the slot actually turning wild. These wilds will substitute for any other symbols on the reels apart from the scatter.
It’s not unusual to find an octopus at a sea based slot, but it is certainly a little strange to find one draped across the compass of a ship. This is the scatter symbol of the game and will appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. Should the scatter land on all three of the reels you’ll win an immediate cash prize, but more importantly perhaps, you’ll also enter the free spins feature.
There is one important difference from the base game during the free spins – the fact that wins will now be paid from both left to right and from left to right. This obviously makes each spin potentially more profitable and with 15 free spins you’ll find that this might make for a very nice feature indeed. If you want even more good news, you’ll find that the free spins feature can be retriggered. A word of warning though – the soundtrack during the feature is a more upbeat tune, so you might have to reach for that mute button just a little quicker!
There are a number of pirate themed slots in the online casino industry and it would be fair to say that this MicroGaming effort does struggle to stand out somewhat, especially seeing as there are no features outside of the reels and no large Jackpot amount to be won. However, that doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t have some attraction. The characters on the reels make the game entertaining and the free spins feature is certainly worth activating.