Blackbeard’s Gold Slot from Amaya
Blackbeard’s Gold is a pirate based five reel video slot from Amaya Gaming. Blackbeard himself, who wears a large seafaring hat featuring a skull, is the central character; this symbol offers two opportunities of a win with just one spin. Also on the reels you’ll find three eye catching ships, these activate the two impressive bonus features, both of which feature free spins rounds with plenty of added extras such as multipliers and bonuses. Of course, no pirate based slot would be complete without treasure and a skull and crossbones, so you’ll be pleased to know that both appear here. The game offers the all-ways winning system rather than traditional win-lines – ensuring wins come thick and fast.
How to Win on Blackbeard’s Gold
Your biggest win on Blackbeard’s Gold will come if you can land the treasure chest on five consecutive reels. The treasure chest is also the wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol on the reels apart from the three ships.
The standard symbols will pay when you can land three or more symbols on consecutive reels from left to right regardless of the position on the reels, with the skull and crossbones the highest paying of these at 700 coins. A similar symbol featuring a skull with two swords is worth 500 coins and is joined by another pirate, a sea case with a purple orb and the playing card symbols from 10 to Ace.
Blackbeard himself offers a very interesting, unique way of winning. Firstly it will pay out like any other symbol, this having a top payout of 1,000 coins. However, having already paid out once, the symbol will now transform into a wild, offering the potential for another paying combination too.
Ships and Bonus Features on Blackbeard’s Gold
On reel one, you’ll find the ship ‘The Revenge’, while on reel five, you’ll see that the two ships ‘The Victory’ and ‘The Galleon’ will make an appearance. To activate either of the two features, you’ll need to land ships on both the 1st and the 5th reel.
Galleon Feature – Landing a combination of ‘The Revenge’ and ‘The Galleon’ will see you enter this feature. You’ll start the feature by picking from a series of chests which will reveal the exact format for the coming free spins round. The best selection sees you given 20 free spins with a 4x multiplier with an added bonus of 2 extra wilds per reel, while the worst offers 10 free spins with a 2x multiplier with an added 1 bonus wild per reel.
Victory Feature – Landing a combination of ‘The Revenge’ and ‘The Victory’ will see you enter this feature. Once again you’ll pick from a series of chests which will decide both your number of spins and multipliers. You’ll win between 3 and 10 free spins, with an added multiplier of between 1x and 5x.
Design and Setup
It’s clear that Amaya have invested a lot of time in designing Blackbeard’s Gold. Each of the symbols stand out, none more so than the impressive looking ships and Blackbeard himself. Even the playing card symbols look impressive, each of these in rich colors with a design that any calligrapher would be proud of. The background to the reels features the decking of a ship, the large wooden pillars clearly showing that this pirate ship has seen some wear and tear. The control panel is also seated on am impressive wooden design, completing the impressive visuals. All the time while playing you’ll hear the sound of seagulls in the background, while after hitting spin you’ll also hear the creaking of wood as the reels come to a stop.
Because of the all-ways winning format, you’ll actually have 243 ways to win at every spin. Fortunately however, the cost of each spin is only 25 credits, although you can choose to increase this to 50, 75, 100 or 125 credits if you so wish. The credit value ranges from just 2c per credit through to 25c, ensuring that the game is suitable for both the recreational and the more serious player. The game also has a handy, straightforward auto spin feature – simply hit it to set the slot in motion and then hit it again to stop.
Head to any online casino and you’ll find a number of pirate based slots, meaning it can be difficult for another slot with the same theme to make an impact. However, Blackbeard’s Gold achieves this with flying colors. I was also impressed with the variety of gameplay. The additional wins with Blackbeard himself are a nice start but it’s the ship activated free spins rounds that really set the game apart.