For all the slot players looking for the newest, prettiest feature-filled game, there are still plenty of gamers who reminisce about the classic analog machines found on every Vegas casino floor. For these fans of old school gameplay, Betsoft has released a number of quality reproductions of three-reel slot machines.
One of these simple slots is Captain Cash, a low-definition facsimile of the squat slot machine. Its cheesy design quality is closer to Betsoft’s Mermaid’s Pearl than the lifelike Lucky 7. The game’s visuals follow a pirate theme, while the audio mimics that of classic slots. Captain Cash is available in free and real-money modes on mobile and desktop platforms.
Captain Cash uses the basic physical structure of an analog machine. The three-reel three-row slot is framed with a shiny reflective metal surface. Coin and bill receivers sit on the right side, though are just for show here. Beneath the reels are illuminated buttons for spins and bet customization. “Bet One” lets the player choose between one and five paylines. “Spin” starts a single play using the current bet. “Bet Max” starts a spin with all five paylines in play. Credit value is adjustable between .02 and .50. At the top of the screen one can find the full paytable.
There are no “Options” or “Auto Play” switches on this slot, likely because the machines it’s imitating do not have those buttons either. There’s also no game information button, though the gameplay is simple enough to pick up quickly.
In Captain Cash, wins occur when three corresponding symbols (or wilds) align on a played payline. Aside from the usual bars, the symbols stick with the slot’s pirate theme. The icons and their payouts are as follows:
Captain Cash has no progressive jackpot, free spins, scatters or feature game. But it does have the Pirate symbol that serves as a wild card, substituting for any symbol on a payline.
Multiple-payline slots have lower payouts than single-line slots due to increased win opportunities. These lower pays are usually offset by multiplying paylines by a “bet per line” option. Additionally, bonuses and jackpots are rewarded exclusively to gamers playing the maximum bet.
Captain Cash does not offer a choice of betting per line, so the payouts are the same whether the player bets one credit or five. Adding credits increases the potential quantity of wins, not their quality. The lone exception is the 250 credit bonus for landing three pirate symbols during a max bet. But considering the scarcity of that combo, a 250 credit bonus does not offset the low payouts. Thus betting five credits per spin becomes a tough sell once one starts doing the math.
Free of bells and whistles, Betsoft’s Captain Cash slot proves simple to learn and follow. At the same time, its total lack of features makes the gameplay repetitive instantly. The wins are weaker than those of single-payline games, while the benefits to playing the maximum bet are very limited.
But if a player is feeling a bit sentimental while searching for a casual slot game, then Captain Cash will fill those needs. Experienced and aggressive gamers will find little of interest in this slot and are encouraged to seek out some of Betsoft’s more modern games.