RealTime Gaming’s Pirate Isle is one of a number of pirate themed slot machines which is all the rage at the moment, especially because of the recent launch of yet another Pirates of the Caribbean film. Pirate Isle features some generic but realistic pirate themed imagery designed with top 3D graphics. Pirate Isle contains some overly complex special features (and plenty of them), but this may actually have an adverse effect and put players off playing it.
Pirate Isle offers a basic 25-line gaming structure for players to wager on, although it does not offer players the chance to alter those paylines. Instead, they can feel free to wager anything from a floor of 25p per spin, up to a ceiling of £6.25 per spin. Pirate Isle can offer players the chance place an extra bet, and that spices up gameplay just a little, such as including a Broadside Feature and progressive jackpot prizes.
Players will note that Pirate Isle features a Prize Ladder. Players need to have the extra bet feature activated in order to stand a chance of bagging the top prize in that ladder, which happens to be a progressive jackpot. The progressive jackpot can only be one from the Broadside Feature. So, what is the Broadside Feature?
With the Broadside Feature, when 3 or more galleons appear on the reels, broadside shooting will take place between ships. Players get to face-off against opponents and climb the prize ladder as they defeat them. The Broadside Feature ends when 5 opponents have been defeated (and you win the top prize), or when you are defeated yourself.
There’s no shortage of other bonuses in this slot, too, even if they are overly complicated. Players who land a win with 3, 4 or 5 of the coloured treasure keys will help you unlock cash prizes.
Players can also trigger a Treasure Chest feature by landing 3 or more chest symbols on the reels. This bonus can see players pocket as many as 300 free spins, whilst skeleton key symbols act as wild symbols in this slot.
In this slot’s main bonus round – which is triggered via scatters – players can select from 5 different locations on a map. Any treasure chest symbols that are located could see you pocket a cash prize, whilst pirate ghost symbols offer up to 100 free spins. The map symbol offers prizes and additional picks. During the free spins bonus, landing skeleton keys can see you land additional free spins.
We can see what RTG was going for with the Pirate Isle slot machine. There is a surplus of bonuses for players to enjoy, but unfortunately, they are muddled, making the game very disjointed. The features are confusing, and not that profitable if we’re being honest. Various aspects of the slot’s features, such as treasure keys do next to nothing, and many of the bonuses can’t be triggered regularly, which is frustrating. With Pirate Isle, it is a case of the game being a nice idea, but not well thought out.
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