Ghost Pirates is a NetEnt pokie that has clearly taken inspiration from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie franchise. The pokie action takes place on a ship that has been at sea for centuries, the original crew now a bunch of ghosts who still want to rule the seas. ‘Peggy Rotten’ is the captain of this deathly ship and is joined by one-eyed Ed, the Mad Monkey and of course Polly the parrot.
This NetEnt designed online slot allows for a series of different stake levels, while wins will come your way regularly. Here are the ghastly highlights of this medium variance pokie:
Ghost Pirates utilises the all-ways winning system. Under this system you’ll win when you line up matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right, irrespective of the position on the reels. Interestingly, this pokie allows you to choose exactly how many reels are in play under the all-ways winning system, ensuring the game is an option for players of all stake levels.
Here’s the stake levels and the number of ways to win you’ll enjoy at each (the middle row is always active):
A large wooden treasure chest acts as the scatter symbol and appears on all five reels. The awards differ based on whether you’re playing for 243 ways to win, or 3, 9, 27 or 81 ways.
If you’re playing the maximum 243 ways, you’ll win 15, 20 or 25 free spins and coin wins of 5x, 20x or 50x your total stake, for landing 3, 4 or 5 scatters respectively.
If you’re playing the 3, 9, 27 or 81 ways to win, you’ll win 10, 15 or 20 free spins and coin wins of 2x, 20x or 50x your total stake, for landing 3, 4 or 5 scatters respectively.
On entering the free spins, the game plays in the same way as the base game, although you’ll enjoy a huge boost. Every time you land a win, the pay-out will be multiplied by 3!
As well as choosing the number of ways to win, you can also choose the bet level of between 1 and 5 (a bet level of 5 when playing 25 coins equates to a spin cost of 125 coins).
The highest paying symbol is Peggy Rotten who pays 1,500 coins when appearing on all five reels, while One-Eyed Ed is next on the pay table at 1,000 coins. The mad monkey and Polly pay 500 and 400 coins respectively. Joining the characters are a series of pirate related symbols including pistols, maps, cannons and rusty old anchors.
Skull and crossbones (featuring a real skull) act as the wild and will substitute for all apart from the bonus symbol.
The background scene to Ghost Pirates shows the view from on board the ghost ship, with ghouls hanging from the rafters. Looking out to sea there is another ship on the water, and it’s clear the ghost ship in on the chase. The cast of characters on the reels act as the stand out symbols, with added animation when you land a win with the skull and crossbones wild. An atmospheric soundtrack only adds to the eerie feel of the game.
Ghost Pirates from NetEnt is an enticing and highly playable online pokie. The All-Ways Winning system is nothing new, but it is unusual to be given the range of staking options found here. The sound and graphics are excellent throughout, while the game play ensures more winning opportunities on every spin. Enter the feature and that 3x multiplier boost ensures your biggest wins will come in the free spins.