Graphics - 97%
Gameplay - 82%
Bonuses - 83%
Value - 45%
Whats not so hot?
Pirated themed slots always grab my attention simply because they’re fun to play, they have top-end graphics and their jackpots offer decent cash prizes. NetEnt’s Ghost Pirates adheres to all these attributes. It is a 243 ways to win 5 reel video slots that offers a top non-progressive jackpot of 1,500 coins. The slots can be played on mobile phones and desktops for real cash or for free. The game takes its cue from notorious prohibition-era pirates as they sail the high seas looking for treasure, fights and mischief.
You’ll see the ocean with a pirate ship against the backdrop of the reels. Ghost Pirates has a free spins feature that awards you up to 20 free spins with multiplier wins of 3x. The soundtrack of the game is sinister but compliments the theme well. If you’re up for an epic adventure grab the Jolly Roger flag and join the pirates on the reels.
I might add they look a lot like the characters in Hollywood’s blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean. Loot is difficult to come by because it’s a high variance game with a return to player (RTP) percentage of 95.7%. Smaller wins occur often but the big wins occur on every 10 to 15 spins.
The symbol that offers the highest cash prize during the main game is ‘‘Peggy Rotten’‘-5 of them at the maximum bet per spin pays you 1,500 coins. Other paying symbols on the reels are the musket, parrot, cannon, pirate disk, rum bottle, anchor, map and compass. When you play make sure you selected 243 paylines so that when you hit a winning combination it offers the highest payout.
The coin value is 0.01 up to 0.50. Just above it is the ‘Bet Ways’ which starts with 3, 9, 27, 81 and 243. To the right of the ‘Spin’ button is the ‘Bet Level’ (1 to 5). The reels can be spun from 25 pence up to £62.50.
The wild symbol is the ‘Ghost Pirate’ icon which only pitches on reels 2 and 4. It substitutes all the other symbols even the scatter when it forms a winning combination. This is the first time I’ve seen a wild that replaces a scatter (Treasure Chest), I guess it makes Ghost Pirates unique as far as wilds go.
Free Spins And Scatter
The scatter symbol is the Treasure Chest, when 3 of them appear from left to right on reels 1 to 5, the free spins feature is triggered tripling all wins (3x). The free spins are awarded as follow:
NetEnt’s Ghost Pirates is an entertaining slots with a respectable free spins feature but it is high variance. The big wins are possible but it requires a decent budget and it’s not easy to trigger the free spins. If you’re a high roller and you’re in it for the cash, you can walk away with some serious treasure that will make any pirate’s heart beat faster to the tune of 764x your stake. The game’s popular subject matter and innovative game play mechanisms will give it a wide cross-territory appeal.