Free Ghost Pirates slot
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Hang on a minute, NetEnt, what's this? A game title consisting of the word 'Pirates', supernatural skeletal swashbucklers, and a definite Hollywood vibe? Any resemblance to Pirates of the Caribbean is surely purely coincidental…
Taking a leaf out of the slots developers' manual marked 'ideas inspired by popular culture', slot developer NetEnt's horror-themed Ghost Pirate sees a game packed with ghoulish pirates and nice bonuses. The 5-reel slot has the 243-ways-to-win format, with two separate prizepools (one set allocated to players betting 3 to 81 ways, and a bigger pool for the big spenders betting the max 243 ways) so even with bets starting at just $0.01 you should be in for a good time.
On the Reels...
NetEnt have done their customary 'gone to town' job on this slot, with some great animated detail and FX across the reels. In terms of symbols we get the usual treasure chest and skull and crossbones icons, all manner of pirate nasties, plus coins, maps, pistols and cannons. Even the 'Spin' button is an animated concertina. Nice touch.
Bet Hard For Big Free Spins
The Jolly Roger skull acts as the game's Wild, and substitutes for all symbols other than the Scatter, in this case the treasure chest.
The chest Scatter acts differently depending on your betting scale, so make a note of what you can win before you plump your hard-earned on the slot. For example, if you are playing 81 ways, you'll earn 10-20 spins depending on how many Scatters you hit on the reels.
Play at the maximum 243 ways, however, and your spins will increase. It's worth working out if playing at the maximum is going to pay off long-term, as the Scattered spins were quite easy to hit when I played.
For Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean
Fans of Johnny Depp-bothering swashbucklers will enjoy the theme in Ghost Pirates, as will fans of pirates in general. With its epic style and NetEnt's trustworthy attention to detail, you know you're in good hands before you even hit the Spin button. Let's not forget as well the 243-ways format and NetEnt's unique Skill Stop function, which allows you to stop the reels anytime.
If Ghost Pirates has put you in the mood for more high seas action, check out the simplistic charms of Play 'n' Go's adventure slot, Jolly Roger, or the lush graphics and style of Betsoft Gaming's 3D Barbary Coast slot.