Sun, May 26, 8:53pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
Pirate themed online pokies are popular. You can find multiple games in most casinos – and even more online. Pirate’s Quest from Bally sees you spinning under an impressively designed ‘Jolly Roger’. This skull and crossbones emblem has a mischievous grin. On the reels are classic pirate themed symbols. You’ll find icons like bottles of run, cutlasses and treasure chests appearing alongside a male and female pirate.
Compared to some games with this theme, the game play is limited. Stacked wilds make a big difference – giving you the potential for 40-line mega wins on any spin. There is also a free spins bonus game, which can be easily extended. Here is what you need to know before you take to the high seas:
It is gold you’ll be after when you spin this pokie. That gold, in the form of coins on reels 1, 3 and 5, is what you need to trigger the free games feature.
You’ll see the reels change, with richer ‘bonus reels’ in play. This feature starts with 8 free spins. While this is lower than bonuses on other pokies – you will have many chances to extend the feature. Instead of needing 3 coins for a retrigger, you only need a single coin to add a free spin. Each time a coin hits, you’ll see an animation. The coin grows and spins, says ‘+1 Spin’, and then zooms up to add to your total remaining spins above and to the right of the reels. Enough coins could see your free spins bonus extend to be longer than those on games which start off with 12 or 15 games!
In both the base game and free spins, there are long strips of skull and crossbones symbols on the reels. These appear on all 5 reels – and will cover more than one reel on some spins. These Jolly Roger symbols are wild. They substitute for everything except the coin bonus symbols.
If you are lucky enough to cover entire reels, it is possible to trigger all 40 win-lines from a single spin. The dream scenario (or should I say discovery of buried treasure!) is to have 4 or even 5 reels completely covered in wilds.
The square design of this game gives the reels the appearance of being oversized. When you count up the rows, this is the larger side of standard – a 5-reel, 4-row setup. As with all Bally pokies, the number of win-lines can’t be changed from the 40 provided. What you can adjust is your bet size, which is in units of 40c per spin.
Wilds have the biggest single prize. Those skull and crossbones symbols are followed by a classic pirate (complete with parrot on his shoulder) and a female pirate holding a cutlass. Cannons, cutlasses, treasure checks, anchoes and bottles of rum can also be found on the reels. All the symbols are pirate themed – with no fillers like playing cards this time.
That skull on top of the reels is brilliantly design and will certainly catch your eye. This sits on the rigging of a ship. You can see the wooden edges with the sea beyond between the skull and the reels. Those reels are backed with a patterned sea-blue, which will change to a beige (like a sail) colour during the free spins bonus.
There are some impressive symbols on the reels. The main pirate stands out. Not only does he have a bright green parrot on his shoulder, he has an eye patch. I suspect if you could see him at full length, you’d see a wooden leg and hooked hand too! There are animations when symbols are involved in wins, though these are not spectacular. Think spinning coins and flashing boxes. The music score is lively, no sea-shanties to be found on this pokie!
This is an enjoyable and nicely designed pirate-themed pokie. It will appeal to players that like games to be straightforward. With only a single bonus feature based on free games, plus stacked wilds on the reels, there is nothing too complex with this game. Those spins can be easily extended, giving you plenty of time to discover hidden treasures.