After playing the lavishly produced Blackbeard’s Gold, the graphics on Buccaneer’s Bounty do look a little dated. This is one of several Amaya free slots where it pays to look beyond the graphics. The slot is enjoyable, and has plenty of features to keep you engaged. The theme is a standard pirate one. You’ll find a lot of classic symbols like a skull and crossbones, treasure map and parrot on the reels.
There is a free spins bonus game, where all your wins are doubled. In addition, there are two mini-games. You get to choose whether to play the role of pillaging pirate or island defender. During these games, you get to fire cannons at passing ships to win coins. Add to this a good line prize for 5 of the treasure chests, and you’ll see there is a lot of winning potential.
Between a palm-covered island and an ocean view with a pirate ship you’ll find a 20 win-line slot with the usual 5 reels and 3 rows. Those win-lines are adjustable, and you can bet from just a penny per line (20c for the full set) and up. With wilds in play I recommend staying with the full complement of win-lines.
You’ll be looking out for the treasure symbols while you play. These show a chest on top of a pile of gold coins and gems. This symbol has two roles. First it is the biggest paying symbol. You’ll get 6000 coins for 5 of a kind (which is good for a 20-line slot). Second, this is the wild symbol. It will substitute for any of the regular symbols to create extra wins. The only symbol excluded from this is the pirate ship (scatter). This treasure symbol will also trigger the second screen bonus games if it lands on reels 1 and 5 on the same spin.
Of the regular symbols, the captain is the best paying. She is worth 1500 coins for the full 5, and will pay prizes all the way down to 2 from the left. The (male) scallywag comes next, worth 500 coins with the desert island worth 500 too.
This slot does not use playing cards, instead there are pirate themed items making up the smaller wins. These include a parrot, gold coins, cannon, treasure map, skull and crossbones and kegs (presumably filled with rum!).
Scatters look like a silhouette of a pirate ship at sunrise. This pays a multiple of your total bet amount if you hit 2+ in view. The prizes are 100x your bet for 5, 10x for 4, 5x for 3 and 2x for 2. If you hit 3 or more from the left-hand reel, then you also get to play 10 free spins.
The main difference in the free spins game is that all wins are doubled. You will see the numbers of spins remaining and total won in some new gold-framed boxes which appear below the reels.
The bonus games in Buccaneer’s Bounty are entertaining. You get to choose one of two variations. You can be the good guy (defending the island) or the bad guy (pirates).
Both games start with an animated sword fight between a man and woman, and then leave you to fire cannons. With the defending game, you are on a fort on the island. You will see pirate ships sail by. When you hover the mouse on them, they get a red outline. Simply click and the cannon will fire. You get coins for every ship that you sink (physically, the coins appear next to the cannons!).
For the attack game, you are on the deck of a pirate ship. You get 3 cannons, and have to sink the navy ships. The same system is in use. You hover your mouse, and when the ships go green, you click the button to fire. Not all the cannonballs will strike, and it appears random which ones hit and which miss.
The graphics are not as dated as some Amaya slot’s (for example Arthur’s Quest 1), though they are not the most modern either. I’d say this was more a smart slot than a visually impressive one. The symbols have some character to them. The captain is the best, though the parrot in the hat also stands out. I like the animation with the treasure symbol, this alternates between zooming in on an island and showing the treasure.
It is the break out bonus games which really stand out. The moving ships and explosions are on the ‘cartoon’ side once again – though they help to make these games a lot of run.
There are bursts of classical music alongside retro slot sounds like beeps and whirrs.
This is an entertaining game, and well worth a session on. The general game play is solid (with big win potential), while the bonus games give you the chance to choose sides. Add a 2x multiplier during the free spins, and you have a solid combination!