I first came to hear about this game many years ago, from a friend, but I wasn't really interested in Microgaming games, so I never bothered about it. Then I heard about it again, this time in Askgamblers forum, about 3 years or so ago, and that caught my interest a little bit. Not a lot though, just a little bit, but enough to make me play on the game for the first time to try it out. Was it good the first time? Well, for some other thing, the first time is always the best, hahaha, but where Octopays was concerned, nah, it wasn't that good. I didn't win anything that time. Only after several more plays on the game did I finally made my first small win on Octopays, with a 100+x bet win. Since then, I did play Octopus on and off, not often, but rarely.
Octopus is the Wild symbol in the base game, appearing only on reels 2 and 4, and triggering the Kraken Feature game when both appears. It's a Free Spins game by another name. What disappoints me the most is that this Wild symbol is a totally dumb Wild symbol. It doesn't pay for itself, it doesn't double any wins, it doesn't become stacked, it doesn't expand, it only substitute other symbols except for the Kraken symbol. Worse still, there are no Scatter symbol in the game, thereby losing even more winning chances. No wins for Wilds. No wins for Scatters. Sheesh! As for the other symbols in the game, the Chest pays 26.6x the total bet, the Diver's Helmet pays 20x, the Shark pays 13.3x, the Anchor pays 6.6x and the rest pay from 5x down to 3.3x, all per total bet for 5 of each kind. Sad to say, but Octopays has a very low paytable, and that doesn't look good at all to me.
When the Octopus lands on reels 2 and 4 at the same time, the Kraken Feature game is triggered. 12 free spins are awarded but without any multiplier. Each free spin may get up to 4 Octopus Wilds randomly placed onto the reels, except on reel 3, where the Kraken may appear. All wins with the Kraken Wild are doubled, but all wins with the Octopus Wild are not doubled. The Free Spins game cannot be retriggered. What the argh! This Free Spins game, without any multiplier , without any retriggers, and with only 1 win-doubling Wild symbol, makes for an uninteresting feature game. Very disappointing indeed!
Just as I had expected, the very low paytable, plus the poor winning chances in the Free Spins game, all added up to disappointing game plays. From the many Free Spins games that I had won and played so far, not one single win was above the 100x bet mark, excluding my earlier 100x win some years ago. Although some decent wins of 30x - 50x could be won, those simply weren't good enough to compensate for all the lost money the game had eaten up. Nosirree. Octopays shall remain in the deep waters for me. It isn't worth playing at all.