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Smooth Sailing Slot (Microgaming)

Smooth Sailing Slot (Microgaming)Microgaming is fond of partnering with smaller game developers to produce excellent slot titles. In our review today, we will take a look at the newest slot from this top developer that they have created in partnership with Gold Coin Studios.

The slot is none other than Smooth Sailing, and one of its most notable features is the special mechanic offered during free spins. Connectify Pays has massive potential to trigger the slot’s best prizes.

I love these types of slots and was particularly attracted by the cruise-ship theme. Here is my unbiased review of the Smooth Sailing slot machine:

Game Set-Up

You get a slot with 20 active lines that are held on a 5x3 reels grid. The slot offers a great mix of features that include a wild and two scatters (one is optional).

Other features are the free spins that contain an active Connectify Pays system.

Betting and Prizes

Getting started with real money wagers need just $0.20, but if your budget allows, you can use up to $40 on each spinning round.

It is possible to activate the extra Gold Coin Bet, and this is what added me an extra 50% on top of my regular bet. With this, you will need bets of between $0.30 and $60.

With help coming from the right features, Smooth Sailing has the potential to pay as much as 6,000x the stake, or $240,000 in cash when using the Max bet.

Though it has great payout potential, it’s a game with high volatility. I love Microgaming for their fairness, and they have given it an RTP of 96.22. However, it is important to note that the developer allows online casinos to lower this to 94.19%.

Smooth Sailing Slot Features

To successfully form regular winning combos, I needed either 3+ regular icons or a combo of both regular and wilds. As usual, the wilds act as substitutes, and with their help, I was able to get smaller rewards.

The wilds can also form their own winning combos. A combo of five wilds can pay up to 1,000x the stake.

I love the free spins feature and especially now that Microgaming has spiced it up with the Connectify Pays feature. I needed 3+ scatters landing on the reels, and this gave me the regular Ship versions. You can also get the Ticket scatters that you can activate with the extra bet. However, these two won’t mix to trigger this feature.

The Connectify Pays system relies on the three versions of ships that are present on the left side of the screen to deliver some rewards. These rewards are based on the nature of the ships plus their numbers. With the three versions of the ships, I was able to form winning combinations, occasionally getting a 2x multiplier.

The other great thing about the free spins is their ability to boost the value of the Royals by up to 10x.

Theme & Design

Smooth Sailing is a fairly regular cruise ship-themed game, and this is very obvious from its design. I loved the graphics, particularly the themed ones.

Royals (9 and A) are among the present symbols, with the captain’s hat, boats, ship’s wheel, and anchors serving as premium symbols.

The Captain Wild and the Ship and Ticket scatters are the slot’s feature symbols.


Smooth Sailing is an excellent real money slot, but this is not a slot for everyone. I find its brutal volatility quite punishing, but if you are experienced in this type of risk, then you can reap big from its great payout potential.

UPDATED ON: by Shawna Dudley