Ghost Pirates Slot from NetEnt

The detail level of the graphics and production of this pirate themed NetEnt slot is amazing. This is a crowded niche, with just about every slot software house having a pirate based game – and you’ll go a long way before finding one which looks this good.

The characters on the reels have names, for example you’ll be trying to line up 5 of the ‘Peggy Rotten’ or ‘One-Eyed Ed’ symbols. All-ways wins are in play, and there is a free spins bonus game during which all your wins are tripled.


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How to Win on Ghost Pirates

Before you spin, you can use the ‘bet ways’ buttons to decide how many winning combinations to play. The default is 243 ways, which is 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols – the 243 is the number of possible winning combinations in any position starting from the left. You can choose 81 ways, which cuts the 5th reel down to just the middle symbol, or 27, 9 or 3-ways – which takes reels 4, 3 and 2 down to just 1 symbol. I prefer the full 243, and the fact that you can spin all of these for just 25 coins from 1c and up makes this very accessible.

Once you spin, any run of symbols on successive reels from the left trigger a win. It is Peggy Rotten you will want to see the most of – as she pays 1500 coins for 5 in a row. You’ll get 500 coins for 4 Peggies and 100 for 3. One-Eyed Ed comes next at 1000 coins for 5, with the Mad Monkey (holding a bomb!) next at 500 and the parrot Polly (who has teeth as well as a beak) at 400.

Smaller wins are made up from a lot of unique symbols – there are no playing cards in use on Ghost Pirates. Instead you will find crossed pistols, a map and compass, cannon, medallion, stone flasks and an anchor.

There is a wild symbol in play, in the form of the jolly roger, this substitutes for any and all symbols – including the scatters.

Treasure Chest Scatters and Triple Win Free Spins

Scatter symbols, which show a treasure chest on a rock. If you hit 3 or more, then you will see an animation with the chest opening and an octopus’ tentacle appearing to take something out. You then go to a nee background scene, which is a beautifully drawn cave full of treasure, and begin your free spins.

The number of spins depends on both how many chests you hit, you get 15 spins for 3, 20 spins for 4 and 25 spins for 5. There are also scatter prizes, which are a multiple of your total bet and depend on how many reels you are playing.

Other than the new graphics the key difference in the free spins bonus round is that all your wins are tripled. You’ll see the total accumulate in a new box which appears underneath the reels. As you return to the main game you see the ship scene which is partly obscured by the reels in a lot of vivid detail.


Design of Ghost Pirates

It is rare to see as much detail in the design as you’ll find on Ghost Pirates. Outside of the reels are flaming touches, these flicker over rigging, rails and chains which are covered in seaweed – skeleton pirates are at the top on either side, with the logo created out of the jolly roger (and having flickering torches of its own). The reels are semi-transparent, you can see the sea behind them, and when they spin more of the rigging and a full ship come into view behind.

Symbols are amazing in their detail and full of character. The best one for me is the ‘Mad Monkey’ who has an evil grin and is holding an old-style bomb which has its fuse lit. All of them are equally detailed. When you win there are some flashing effects, and a rope appears around the squares involved in the win. As with most Net Entertainment online slots, there are few animations – the only one to note here is the treasure chest scatters (where the chest opens).

The background of the free spins game is an amazingly detailed cave full of treasure. This looks fantastic and is worth playing the game just to see.

In addition to setting the number of reels involved in the all-ways setup, and the size of your coins, you will find a ‘bet level’ option with 5 buttons. This is a multiplier, each one is an extra coin for each of the 25 ‘lines’ played. You can use the regular NetEnt Auto play option too.

Overall Experience

This game is a visual treat and really does stand out from the many pirate themed slots available online. The game is relatively simple, you have all-ways action with wilds – and a free spins bonus game. Having triple wins during the free spins does give this the potential for some bigger wins.

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