The Pirates’ Millions slot you will find at 888 Games is version 2 of this game. While the features and gameplay are shared, the latest version has way better graphics. The game is hosted by a pirate, together with a big white bird. You’ll see from the intro video that they have been shipwrecked.
There are plenty of ways to win, including some bigger regular line wins, a bonus picks game, a free spins round and that huge (really huge!) progressive jackpot. If you already know 888 slots well, then you’ll recognize the game play. This is adapted from the other progressive jackpot titles at 888. The same setup is used for Millionaire Genie and for Irish Riches.
There are a lower than average 15 win lines crossing the 5×3 grid of the reels. This does allow your per-line bet to be a little higher than for slots with 25+ lines. Your choices are 1c per line, 5c and then 10c and up. This creates a gap between the smallest spin amount (15c) and the next one up (75c). You can choose 10, 25, 50 or 75 automatic spins.
Over the view of a blue ocean, you’ll see nautical symbols and playing cards. The high paying symbols are headed up by the telescope. This is worth 1500 coins for 5 of a kind, 300 for 6, 60 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2. The compass (800 for 5), and cannon (500) also pay from 2 of a kind and up. The other symbols all need at least 3. The remaining unique symbols are a musket (300) and an anchor (100).
Playing card symbols ace down to 10 look like they have been drawn on old treasure maps.
There are 3 special symbols. These are headed up by the wild, which is the white bird, who is wearing a black eye-patch. This is the wild symbol, and substitutes for all the regular winning symbols covered above.
You will also find a treasure chest bonus symbol – 3 or more of these are needed anywhere in view to trigger the second screen picks game. Finally, the pirate’s face is the scatter symbol. 3 or more of these triggers the free spins round.
The picks game is simple, though the graphics are nicely produced. The reels disappear, and you’ll see the ocean behind them. 3 barrels appear, which bob up and down in the water. You choose one, and a multiplier is revealed (2x, 3x or 4x). These are then replaced with a desert island, containing 5 or 6 chests. Again, you pick one. These have multipliers between 2x and 20x. Your win is the 2 multipliers together, times your total spin amount for the triggering spin.
Free spins have extra wilds on them. The pirate first unfurls a map, which gives you a number of free spins. When these start you’ll have between 3 and 5 wilds on the screen. The position of these (and number) shifts every 3 to 5 spins. If you are lucky enough to get them tightly grouped together, these can lead to some bigger wins.
Finally, the big prize. This is the progressive jackpot, which is often in the 7-figure range. You will see this to the right of the reels. This drops at random, and is not connected to the symbols on the reels. You can win the jackpot even while betting the minimum amount.
The intro video is short but impressive. You’ll see a pirate ship come under attack from cannons, and sink. A cheerful pirate with a big black beard stands on a raft, and is joined by a big white bird. This pair will host the game. They will react while you spin, and become animated between spins – in some entertaining ways.
Overall the slot looks amazing, with the sea stretching out behind the reels. All the symbols are nicely drawn, with enough detail without getting too complex. I like the animations too, especially the growing scatter (pirates) when you hit the free spins.
Seagulls call, and some woodwind type music plays in the background between spins.
This is one of the best games in the 888 slots range. While the game play is ‘borrowed’ from the even more popular Millionaire Genie, Pirates’ Millions feels fresh and new. The graphics are amazing, and really make the game. Those bonus rounds will keep you engaged, with the free spins the most regular. Whenever you play, that random jackpot could mean that you are the recipient of some substantial buried treasure.