Tue, Sep 24, 5:14am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Thu, Oct 10, 4:01am
In Ghost Ship pokies, the first time the pirate wild symbol expands to shoot a pistol at you from the reels, and says ‘aarrr’ – you’ll do a double-take. He has an uncanny resemblance to Jack Sparrow of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean fame’, or at least an undead version of him. There are many more delightfully dark touches to this game. These include aged playing card symbols, covered in seaweed. The moonlight seen above the reels shows the ghost ship in full sail.
Wild reels play more than one role in Ghost Ship from RealTimeGaming. These not only help to create extra wins, but they also add free spins when you trigger the main bonus game. Not all the treasure is buried in the gameplay, you’ll find the regular RealTime Gaming random progressives above the reels. Here are the highlights:
Wilds can appear in two ways on the Ghost Ship pokies. If you hit a pirate symbol anywhere on the reels, this will expand to cover all 3 spots. The animation is worth seeing, as the undead pirate draws his pistol and then shoots towards you. Wilds can also appear from the scattered ghost ship symbols, though will not appear every time.
The main use of these wilds is to generate multiple line hits over the 25 win-lines. If you are lucky enough to get more than one reel wild, then you have the potential for some huge hits.
Wilds also have a role in determining how many free spins you will win.
You need a minimum of 5 scattered ship symbols to trigger the free spins bonus. There is no set number of free spins per ship, instead, these are calculated based on the number of ships and pirates on the reels. You get 2 free spins for each pirate or ship. This is the same for retriggers. While these require 3 ships, you can end up with many more than 3 extra free spins.
The gameplay is the same during the bonus games. The scene above the reels, reddish background and slightly different shooting animations make sure you know the bonus reels are in play. Wilds will still expand to create those extra wins.
If you triggered this free spins bonus with 4 ship scatters, all wins are doubled. If you trigger with 5 scatters, then all wins get a huge 10x multiplier. You would also get a 100x your bet scatter win before the spins start in this case.
Before you return to the base game, you will see a treasure map with your total wins counting upon it.
RTG used a standard 25 win-line setup over their 5×3 grid for Ghost Ship. The number of lines and bet sizes are fully adjustable. With auto-play on offer.
Wild ghost captain symbols have the single biggest win. These are worth 2500 coins for 5 of a kind, and since they expand, will usually trigger over multiple win-lines. A ships bell comes next (1250 coins for 5) followed by sunken treasure, a cannon, and broken ships figurehead. The seaweed-covered playing cards make up the smaller wins.
RTG has added two random jackpots to this pokie. These can be seen above the reels and can drop after any spin at any bet level.
Other than the similarity with Jack Sparrow, there is not much humor about this pokie. The design is beautifully dark, with a deliberately ghostly feel to both the graphics and sound effects. While impressive, the animation with the wilds does occur on a lot of spins. The scene above the reels, showing a majestic ship in sail against a full moon is also impressive.
I enjoyed this RTG pokie as much for the solid no-nonsense gameplay as for the impressively dark graphics. Those expanding wilds are frequent enough to keep the wins flowing while you wait for the free spins bonus to trigger. If you get this with 5 of the ship scatters, then all wins are given a huge 10x multiplier. This would be the perfect time to get expanding wilds on several reels to trigger all 25 win-lines at once!