A pirate-themed slot game that is huge both in terms of its visual appearance and its gameplay, Scruffy Scallywags presents the player with a background that takes him or her aboard a big pirate ship, with typically ragged sails, the trademark black flag with white skull, while the vessel is taking the crew to their next looting location through crystal clear Caribbean waters. The reels themselves are also entertainingly designed with a dagger having nailed a map on the right side of the reels and a saving buoy attached to it. The Spin button is in the form of a constantly steering helm. The game features 5 reels, 3 rows and 30 paylines. Coin sizes start at 1 cent and can go as large as 5 dollars. The maximum number of bet credits with which a spin can be started is 10. That makes for a maximum total bet of 300 dollars. The appearance of the game and its basic set up are impressive for their beauty and diversity respectively but where the game truly shines is its symbols and features.
All the paying symbols have 3 winning combinations There are 2 wild symbols in the game. They are the golden anchor with the pirate symbol carved in it and the golden helm, that has the great tentacles of an octopus wrapped around it. The anchor pays 25, 75 and 200 coins and so does the helm. The scatter is a bottle of rum with a label on it and an incredibly awesome pirate cup with the pirate sigil engraved on it. The scatter pays with multipliers on the total bet, delivering 3 times the bet, 10 times the bet and 50 times the bet for 3, 4 and 5 matching symbol combinations. As far as the official paytable is concerned, the two best paying symbols there are the pirate captain, dressed in blue (a war uniform), with a big hat, a parrot on his back and a hook instead of a right hand and a skinny pirate, who is enchained. They both pay 25, 75 and 200 coins. The fat pirate with the beer in his hand and the big moustache symbol pays 15, 50 and 75 coins. The even fatter pirate with the scary expression and the monkey on his shoulder symbol, the pirate ship symbol and the chest full of gold and jewelry symbol all pay 10, 25 and 75 coins. The cannon symbol grants 10, 20 and 50 coins. The pistol and the sword symbol as well as the skull and the pile of explosives symbol brings 5, 15 and 50 coins. The dagger that pierced the map from the main screen is the lowest paying symbol, offering 5, 10 and 50 coins.
Both the wild anchor and the wild helm are capable of replacing the rest of the symbols in the game with the exception of the scatter rum and the bonus compass. The Compass feature is the first of several bonus games in Scruffy Scallywags and gets activated when the compass symbol shows up anywhere on the reels. When the compass symbol lands in a normal spin and no bonus feature is activated one of the following awards will be granted: a multiplier of 10 times the total bet, a multiplier of 30 times the total bet, a multiplier of 50 times the total bet, the earnings of the spin multiplied by 2, the earnings of the spin multiplied by 5, 3 re-spins or 5 re-spins. If the compass lands throughout free spins the possible earnings are the same except re-spins are replaced by additional free spins. The scatter symbol of the game also activates the free spins when 3 of the symbol appear on the reels and then 15 free spins will be granted. Additionally, a single free spins will be granted for every scatter that appears on the reels. Everything that is acquired during those free spins will be multiplied by 2. There is also an Octopus feature, which can be initiated by the symbol, depicting an octopus wrapping his tentacles around a golden helm. When that happens, the octopus will appear at the bottom of the screen and will randomly take over between 1 and 5 symbols on the reels, transforming them into a golden helm wild symbol. The game also offers a Progressive Jackpot prize, the value of which is depicted on the main screen. It is awarded to players randomly.
Scruffy Scallywags is as epic as a slot game can get with its impressive visual design, huge number of paying symbols and symbols with profitable effects as well as its multiple generous bonus games.