Gold Ahoy Slot from Amaya
Pirate themed slots are common, making it difficult for an individual slot to stand out from the crowd.
With detailed graphics, 2 bonus features and a much faster game action than many Amaya titles – Gold Ahoy is certainly worth a spin.
In this review I have explained how you win, how the bonus games work and what to expect from the design and the setup.
How to Win on Gold Ahoy
Many of the wins from regular play on this 25 line video slot are on the large side. The top win is a huge 25000 coins, which you will get for lining up 5 of the pirates. You’ll also get an animation and an ‘arrrgh’ sound effect to go with your coins. The pirate is also the wild symbol, and substitutes for everything except the treasure chest and the map (both of which are bonus symbols) to make up more wins. The win for just 4 pirates is 5000 coins, with 250 coins for 3 and 10 coins for just 2.
This is not the only higher paying symbol. Ships are worth 10,000 coins for 5 (750 for 4) and the skull and crossbones flag is worth 1000. Other unique symbols include a bottle (presumably of rum) and a cutlass. There are also playing card symbols – each with a graphical ‘nod’ towards the theme which make up the smaller wins.
Gold Ahoy Bonus Features
There are two features, one is on the reels and the other a 2-part game which starts off with a treasure map and ends with free spins.
Hitting 3 or more treasure chests starts the chest bonus. What happens is that the chests become animated and now say ‘Pick Me’ on each. You choose one, revealing a cash prize. As an extra, you can hit a sign which says ‘Pay All’ instead. This leads to all of the chests opening and you collecting all of the wins revealed.
Hitting 3 of the map symbols starts the second screen bonus game involving a pirates treasure map. You’ll see a detailed map which has many red crosses on it. Clicking on each cross will cause a pirate (who again says ‘arrgh’) to move to that cross and start digging. He will reveal free spins (up to 30 in total) or a multiplier (up to 4x) which will each fill boxes above the screens. You will eventually hit a spot with a skull and crossbones – which stops the map game and takes you to your free spins.
Other than the different (richer) music, the free spins are the same as the main game. Your wins can have up to a 4x multiplier, which puts the top prize up to an amazing 100,000 coins.
Design and Setup of Gold Ahoy
The first thing you will notice about this game is that the reels appear smaller than most slot machine games in relation to the overall screen size. Graphics are very detailed, and a lot more up to date than those on many of the older Amaya titles. When you start to spin a parrot will fly down and sit on top of the reels. There are palm trees and flaming torches in the background – with skulls either side of the logo at the top of the reels.
Sand provides the background to the reels, with many of the symbols effectively drawn to blend in with this. Animations are good, though do not expect anything too elaborate. Each time you spin a tune will play, though this fades into silence in between spins. Graphics and sounds for the bonus round are much better – with the treasure map in particular more detailed than many similar slot bonus games out there.
Gold Ahoy uses 25 win lines to cover the standard sized 5 by 3 grid of the reels. You can choose the number of these you want to play, and you can also choose from a wide range of coin sizes. Auto play lets you select up to 500 spins – and there is a handy ‘max’ button too.
Overall Experience with Gold Ahoy
This slot certainly holds its own among the long list of pirate themed games from different slot software houses. The main attraction for me is not so much the bonus games (though these are both good), it is the 25,000 coin top prize. This can reach jackpot proportions during the free spins round, where your multiplier can be up to 4x.