After the success of their Reel Boost engine with the slot title Zeus III, WMS Gaming stuck to this unique reel layout for the Red Flag Fleet slot. It takes its theme from a legendary 19th-century female pirate, Chang Pao, who prowled the coast of South-East Asia. Red Flag Fleet is set on a pirate junk in the South China Sea, and this misty seascape forms the backdrop to the six unusual Reel Boost reels.
During bonus rounds, the scene changes from day to night, and play is accompanied throughout by appropriately oriental music. Anyone familiar with WMS games will also know that they take pains to make beautiful artwork part of their slot designs, and this tradition is kept up magnificently in Red Flag Fleet. Deep, glowing colours and intricate illustrations create quite an effect.
Reel Boost a Unique WMS Innovation
Reel Boost means the reels are all of different sizes; in base play, Reel 1 has only two windows, while Reel 6 displays seven; the windows increase by one for each successive reel in between. In bonus play, this is reversed, with Reel 1 the largest and Reel 6 the smallest. This layout allows 192 paylines in total, with the bottleneck effect of the reels allowing certain windows to feature in many of these simultaneously.
Red Flag Fleet does not have individual payline bets like many slot machines Singapore; instead, the player places a total bet, choosing one of the levels the game offers. Although wins are recorded on the pay table as multiples of a payline, this payline amount is obtained simply by dividing the total bet per spin by 40. So the player gets 192 paylines on each spin for the price of 40, in effect.
Small but Useful Icons Selection
Apart from Poker symbols, embellished in typical WMS style, Red Flag Fleet slot uses few other icons; Chang Pao and four other pirates basically complete the ordinary symbols. The game logo is the Wild, and a pirate junk is the Scatter Bonus.
However, all the symbols can stack, in base play as well as in bonus games. This ability, combined with the funnelling effect of the uneven reels, makes it possible for players to score multiple winning paylines on more spins than usual.
Free Spins the Only Bonus
Unusually for WMS games, Red Flag Fleet slot has only one bonus feature: a varying number of free spins that can be triggered by the Scatter symbol. If the junk appears three, four or five time anywhere on the reels, it triggers 5, 12 or 40 free spins, respectively.
Four Scatter icons also add a prize of 10X the total bet to the win, and five Scatters raise this bonus to 50X the bet. In addition, during free spin rounds, at least two completely stacked Wild reels must appear somewhere on every spin. These two aspects of the bonus round make it more rewarding than it first appears, so the usual plethora of different bonuses that WMS titles feature is not really missed.