Many pirate themed slots have a fun, almost cartoon-like feel to them. Blackbeard’s Gold from Amaya takes a different approach. The production is excellent, with detailed graphics and gripping animations. Overall, the atmosphere is dark and brooding. A combination of visuals and sound effects give this online slot a high qualify look and feel.
There are two main features. Both involve free spins and a step where you choose a chest to see how many spins and what multiplier you get. This slot has an all-ways setup, and Blackbeard himself can turn into extra wild symbols to help you create more wins.
The 5 reel by 3 row grid used for this game is set among the masts and rigging of a pirate ship. No win-lines are in use. The setup is the popular ‘all-ways’ system. This means that as long as symbols are on consecutive reels from the left, you will win a prize. Having 243 possible winning combinations makes for more wins, and to balance this the individual wins are smaller. Your big pay outs from this game will come those times you hit multiple wins on the same spin.
You can bet from just 25c and up for all the combinations, and a standard auto-spin option is offered.
Blackbeard is the highest paying regular symbol. This detailed symbol has a gold frame. You will get 1000 coins for 5 of these on a win line, 200 for 4, 100 for 3 and 10 for just 2. Next comes the jolly roger (skull and crossbones flag) at 700 coins for 5. A skill with crossed swords, sailor holding a gun and a mysterious jewel type box make up the higher paying symbols.
You will find playing card symbols in play for the smaller wins. These have been given a fresh look, all are bright colors and embossed with gold.
A treasure chest is the wild symbol. This only has a prize for 5 of a kind, otherwise it makes a win with whatever symbols are on the remaining reel. You’ll get a cool 5000 coins for 5 of these.
Bluebeard will turn into a wild when you get 3 or more of his symbol anywhere on the reels. This will often make wins with multiple symbols thanks to the all-ways setup. Of you hit 5 Bluebeards, then you get the top 5000 coins for 5 wilds. To trigger the 1000 Bluebeard line win, you’d need 1 or 2 Pirates, together with 4 or 3 wilds!
Ship symbols are oversized, and show a magnificent pirate ship in full sail. These trigger the 2 different bonus games, depending on which combination you get on the 1st and 5th reels.
If you hit the ‘Revenge’ symbol on reel 1 and the ‘Galleon’ symbol on reel 5, then you trigger the Galleon Feature. If you instead hit the ‘Victory’ symbol on reel 5, you play the Victory bonus instead.
Galleon Feature: First, you see the inside of a ship, with 6 treasure chests around it. Your task is to choose one of the chests, which will award one of the variations of the free spins. The lowest number you can get is 10 free spins, with a 2x multiplier and 1 bonus wild on each reel. The best outcome is 20 free spins, with a 4x win multiplier and 2 bonus wilds per reel. You then go to the reels, where Bluebeard is standing to the left. A parrot flies over the reels and adds your wilds, and you then take your spins.
Victory Feature: This starts with the same pick-a-chest round. You’ll get between 3 and 10 free spins, with a multiplier up to 5x. During this game you will get fully wild reels. This can be any of the last 4 reels, or even more than one. With the right combination of regular symbols and a bigger multiplier, this could be a very profitable game.
This is one of the best slots in the Amaya range based on the quality of the graphics and animations. There are ambient sea noises, and a strange creaking when you spin the reels. You’ll find some classic Pirate sounds when you win with the Bluebeard symbols.
All the symbols are beautifully drawn, the magic jewel box stands out – along with the skull symbol. Each one has an animation when it is involved in a win. Things get more interesting during the free spins, with an animated pirate hosting each of the bonus rounds.
If you are a fan of pirate themed slots, then I recommend adding this one to your list immediately. There are few more polished online slots than this one – with amazing visuals and sounds throughout. The two free spins games are the highlight. Extra wilds and multipliers – along with the all-ways setup – can lead to some buried treasure!