Shiver me timbers and hoist the mainsails – it’s time to go to sea with the swarthy Loose Cannon Slot Machine.
Loose Cannon Features
- High quality graphical production with awesome audio effects
- Special extra wild reel mechanism blows wilds over the reels
- 243 ways to win system pays out for any combination across the reels
- Scatter activated bonus gives you fifteen free spins
- In feature round wins pay-out both directions on the reels
- Free spin bonus can be re-triggered to add a further 15 spins to the count
Slot machine manufacturers love playing on well-known themes. From Irish inspired games through to those modelled on a life of luxury there are tropes that are returned to time and time again by designers. This doesn’t mean that they’re all done well, as it is so often the game play mechanics and bonus aspects that make a slot machine a big hit with the gambling public. One machine that seems to manage to balance all these aspects is the good ship Loose Cannon from Microgaming. This pirate themed game conjures up visions of trawling the high seas looking for treasures untold and wrapping your cutlass round the face of your sworn slot machine enemy as you look to take him for all he’s worth.
Loose Cannon comes complete with a top set of graphics. Rather than using the detail heavy approach that’s apparent in many other Microgaming slots like the Untamed range of games or Battlestar Galactica, this is a machine that goes for a happy, cartoon based style that marries the theme of the game with more than a dash of humour. The background is well drawn and well animated – it’s full of little touches like the flock of birds that flies by in the sky and the twinkling lanterns. This is without question an eye catching, high quality production.
If you like your classic casino music then Loose Cannon is sure to hit all the right notes with you. Right through the base game you get a pacey little sea shanty that’ll have you jigging and horn-piping your way to the wins. This is a machine that’s been modelled in the old school arcade mode and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that as you’ve got a bucket-load of kitsch thrown in with the design that’ll have you smiling on every spin. Each symbol on the reels has its own sound effects adding to the thrill of hitting a winning combination – the only thing missing from this online slot machine is the feeling of salty spray hitting you in the face.
Like many Microgaming slots of the moment Loose Cannon uses a 243 ways to win system. This means that you don’t actually get involved with a pay-line structured machine and the winning potential is balanced by the fact you can’t hit so many winners. However the game does have one very good little trick to help you make money in the base-game. Land in a wild anywhere on the middle reel and this will not only expand to fill the whole reel, but it will also blow wilds all over the grid in a manner similar to another Microgaming machine – Hot Hot Volcano – greatly adding to the winning potential available here. With the possibility to turn all fifteen symbols on the reels into wilds this is one way to hit the big reel rewards.
Bonus wise you’re looking at a free spin round that’s activated when you hit scatters on the first, middle and last reels. This gives you fifteen free spins, all of which are taken at the same bet level as your winning spin. During this feature combinations pay both ways across the grid – from right to left as well as left to right giving you double the chances of making winners.
During the free spin round you can stop in a bunch more bonus scatters on the appropriate reels to re-trigger the feature. This adds a further fifteen spins to your total allowing you to keep on spinning as you head towards this machines total top payout, which is registered at 75,000 coins.
Slot Professor Says
I’ve got a lot of time for the action on offer from Loose Cannon. This is one slot machine that manages to get the formula for fun and wins exactly right. Whilst you don’t get as much bonus feature fun as you’ll see on many other Microgaming slots – for instance Avalon II and Playboy, there is more than enough win in the base game and the free spin round is the classic slot machine bonus round that’s become a staple of the industry because it works so damn well.
Although 243 ways to win games seem to be the rage with Microgaming, fortunately Loose Cannon is actually mercifully free from multipliers, which actually means there’s good money to be won from the standard pay-table. With wins paying out both ways in the feature round there is a little more winning potential, but not so much that the developers have had to curtail your standard prizes.
Loose Cannon is a great slot for those looking to take a series of punts to walk away with a decent amount of cash. It’s quite a low variance machine and you’ll need to put together a good rush of red hot action to make the big bucks. Be satisfied when your bankroll is sufficiently in the black with this game and you’re more or less guaranteed to walk away happy. This is not one for those looking to hit it big from a little stake – this is a game where you’re happy to play, but on the whole it’s unlucky to make your fortunes.