Pirates Gold by Net Entertainment is an interesting mix of styles among video slots. It combines the traditional look of a classic slot machines from Las Vegas and Reno with the more modern mini-game approach that delights players and gives them a chance to earn extra coins while taking a break from spinning the reels.
Capitalizing on the popular pirate motif that has been in style, since Johnny Depp immortalized the role of Captain Jack Sparrow a decade ago. Pirates Gold Slot Machine is a five-reel, nine-pay line slot with a maximum payoff of £10,000.
Coin values start at £0.10 per line up to a maximum bet of £9.00, which makes this a relatively low risk game for players. All symbols revolve around the pirate theme including parrots, pirate flags, swashbuckler’s swords, conch shells, jewel-encrusted rings, cannons, treasure chests and the pirate himself, eye patch and hat included.
There are no animations on these symbols, but for some traditional players, that in itself is a bonus, as the flashing colors and lights can be seen as a distraction, particularly when viewed repetitively. There are no wild or scatter symbols in Pirates Gold, but two mini-games take the place of those tried and true slot features so you shouldn't miss them.
Pirate Battle - When players lineup 3x gold coins on any pay line the main screen will vanish, replaced by a battle on the high seas between your pirate ship and an enemy vessel. Using the on-screen controls, the player must seek to sink the opponent with cannonballs. If you are successful at sinking the enemy ship, you are rewarded with a choice of a gold key or a bonus of up to 100x the original bet.
Treasure Chest - Players that win the previous bonus and select the key are introduced to yet another bonus screen. This one is full of plunder in the form of multiple treasure chests. Matching the key to the correct lock gives the player a chance to win up to 1,000x the triggering bet. Not a bad day at the office for any sea-going adventurer.
What it lacks in fancy graphics and multiple wild cards, Pirates Gold Slot Machine makes up for in fun interactive bonus games. There may be times when you feel like you’re luck has walked the plank, but, like the high seas themselves, you never know what good fortune is waiting just over the next wave.