Pirate Gold

Pirate Gold

  • Casino: Black Diamond
  • Category: Free Spins
  • Title: Pirate Gold
  • Type: 5 Reels, 40 Pay Lines, Lucky Treasure Bag Bonus Game, Wilds, Free Spins, Re-Spins, and Multiplier.
  • Genre: Pirate
  • Bonus: 25 Free Spins on Signup
  • Software: Pragmatic Play
  • Summary: Head onto the high seas once again with Pragmatic Play's exciting new slot which is a high variance game featuring fearsome pirates on the high seas all trying to land the Pirates Gold!
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Shiver Me Timbers! Is that a Jolly Roger I can see on the horizon? It is indeed and it is in the form of the Pirate Gold slot from Pragmatic Play, one of the terrifying vessels that roam online casinos, looking to try and persuade players to have a few spins so it can steal their cash and perhaps, reward them with a massive win in return, if the player's luck is in.

What we have here is a very volatile slot from Pragmatic Play. This isn't a game for you if you enjoy consistent low value wins that don't have too much of a detrimental effect on your bank balance. Pirate Gold is not that slot. This is a slot which can chew up your balance and spit it out if you are too carefree with how much to play for on each spin. So be careful.

However, played at the right level for your bankroll and with a longer-term view in mind, this is also a cracking slot to play. It boasts a number of features and 5x4 reels in play as well as 40 non-selectable pay lines. Add to that three jackpot prizes, two big bonus features, plus stacked Wilds (and additional Stacked Wilds in Free Spins) and you have all the ingredients for a pirate-themed classic.

So, does Pirate Gold sail proudly on the seas or does it flounder in the waves? We decided to take a closer look and find out for ourselves.

Overview

  • Game: Pirate Gold
  • Developer: Pragmatic Play
  • Reels: 5x4
  • Pay Lines: 40 (non-selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: 0.40
  • Maximum Bet: 200.00
  • Jackpot: 32,270x
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: No
  • Volatility: High

Where can I play the Pirate Gold slot?

If you want to try your hand on the Caribbean seas with the Pirate Gold slot, then the place to head my hearties is Black Diamond Casino. Just for signing up with the casino you will receive 25 Free Spins as a no deposit required bonus offer, which will allow you to trial games without risking any of your own cash.

Then when you do decide to make a deposit, you will benefit from a massive 200% Matched Deposit Bonus on your first deposit with the site. This will treble the amount of money that you have available at the casino in an instant and ensure that you have plenty of funds to play the wide choice of games and slots available at Black Diamond.

Deposit more cash after that first time and you'll also receive similar deposit bonuses on your next few deposits. With so many great value offers and a wide range of top slots to play, it is easy to see why Black Diamond is the number one casino choice for many Pragmatic Play slots fans.

Presentation

The presentation on the Pirate Gold slot is superb. The graphics and animations on the main screen, with the galleons on the sea and the clouds billowing across the sky are absolutely first class. The soundtrack doesn't quite match the quality of the visuals, but it is still pleasant enough. I love the way these visuals change on the Free Spins bonus round too when a storm kicks off and lightning rakes across the sky and the seas get much choppier. Pragmatic Play have done a stunning job with how the game looks and sounds and it is a real joy to play.

What's on the reels?

There are a total of ten standard symbols on the reels in the base game and the lowest value of these are the bronze, silver and gold coins and the pirates hook. These can offer wins of just a small percentage of your bet for three across the reels, up to just over 1x your bet for five across the reels. However, these symbols can be stacked so they can land on multiple lines across the reels if you are lucky enough.

There are four mid-value symbols, and these are the telescope, the treasure map, the galleon on the sea and the parrot. These symbols offer small wins for just two symbols on a pay line as well as for three or more and the value of these wins are higher than for the lower value symbols.

There are two high value symbols in the base game, and these are the male and female pirate symbols, and these offer the two highest jackpot prizes in the base game for standard spins. However, there are also three other symbols in play the Wild symbol, the Treasure Bag symbol and the Bonus symbol all of which are linked to the main features of the slot as we will explore below.

Wild features

There is just the one Wild symbol, and this can appear on every reel bar the first one on the Pirate Gold slot. It is a treasure chest symbol which acts as a substitute and can replace any other symbols to help create wins. It can also be stacked on the reels which helps with landing some better value prizes.

Free Spins features

When you land three of the Bonus Scatter symbols on the reels, you are taken into the Free Spins round which is when the weather on the backdrop of the slot changes to a storm and things get a little more dramatic. You receive 10 Free Spins initially and for this bonus game, certain combinations of the two higher value symbols on the reels are also Wild in addition to the standard Wild symbols. This offers you a good chance of landing some better value prizes.

You can also trigger Free Spins from within the bonus game and you will receive 10 Free Spins once again should you land the three Bonus Scatters in the Free Spins round.

Other bonus features

The other bonus feature of the slot is the Lucky Treasure Bag feature. This triggers when you land eight or more of the Treasure Bag symbols on the reels. When you do this you trigger the Treasure Bag bonus round.

In this round, the Treasure Bag symbols remain in place on the reels and you re-spin all the other spaces on the reels, but with only blank spaces, Treasure Bag symbols or multiplier symbols in place on the reels. You have three re-spins initially but if you add to the Treasure Bag symbols on any re-spin, or add a multiplier to your win, then you will reset the re-spin meter back to three.

You then play through your re-spins adding Treasure Bag symbols or multipliers to your win until you have three spins in a row where you do not add to your prize. When this happens the value of your prize is added up and any multipliers landed added to it and you are awarded the prize. The value of the prizes in this bonus feature tend to be much better value than on the Free Spins bonus.

In the Treasure Bag bonus, you can also land the Minor, Major and Grand symbols Treasure Bag symbols which will see the value of these jackpot prizes, which are 50x your stake, 200x your stake and 1000x your stake added to your cash prize.

Best feature of the Pirate Gold slot

There are a number of decent features on the Pirate Gold slot and the presentation is one of them for sure, but I think of the bonus features, the Lucky Treasure Bag feature with its free re-spins mechanism is the one that I think is the simplest to follow, offers less volatility in terms of pay out (when it triggers, you are usually guaranteed a decent sized win and you can only add to that) and the pays on the bonus tend to be a little higher than those that you land when playing the other bonuses on the slot or the base game.

What does the Pirate Gold slot lack?

Being ultra-picky, I'd have liked to have seen a progressive element to the three jackpot features in the slot. The fact that they are based on multiples of your bet size is not a problem, but I think adding a progressive element to the slot, especially if there was a potential for it to grow into a larger cash prize would have made the jackpot element of the game even more appealing.

Conclusion

Pirate Gold is a very nice slot indeed. It looks superb and has decent sound but it is in the game mechanics and bonus features that the slot really tends to come alive. The fact that the symbols are stacked makes it feel like big wins are possible and while they don't come around too often, they do come often enough and of a big enough size to keep you entertained when playing through those non-winning spins. The different bonus elements also add a great deal of excitement when triggered and each can be lucrative if you get lucky. This is a slot that is higher variance though, so it is more suited to players that prefer this type of game.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 19 / 20 - Pragmatic Play have produced some outstanding looking slots in their time but Pirate Gold is one of the very best. Visually, the slot is stunning from the backdrop of pirate galleons floating on the sea with clouds racing across the sky behind the reels, the game looks beautiful. The sound is a bit of a mishmash of sound effects and music but it fits the game nicely but it is the way the graphics and animations alter in the bonus round that really does lift the game and makes it look very spectacular.
  • Game-play: 16 / 20 - There's no doubting that the Pirate Gold slot is one of the more enjoyable ones to play that I have played for a while. The fact that there are a couple of key bonus features and some sizeable prizes to be won make the game exciting but the base game is varied enough to keep you spinning, with the stacked symbols often landing the better value wins. Be warned though, it is a high volatility slot and you need to be prepared to be patient for those wins at times.
  • Bonus Features: 17 / 20 - There are essentially three key bonus features on the slot and each is excellent, the Wild can produce some good value wins when landed on as many of the four reels it is found on, especially when it is stacked. Free Spins can produce a real mix of wins while the Lucky Treasure Bag feature is the one which you can land up to the massive jackpot prize in, including the three different jackpot prizes.
  • Entertainment Factor: 15 / 20 - Given the different bonus features, the size of the wins available in the base game and the bonus games, this is an enjoyable slot. The stunning visuals and sound only add to that and the fact that you can land some huge value wins, if you are patient and fortunate enough, only adds to the appeal of the game. However as a much higher variance slot, you really need to enjoy this particular type of slot to get the most from Pirate Gold.
  • Play Value: 12 / 20 - Pirate Gold is a very high variance slot and that means you are going to have mixed experiences playing it. There are times when you can spin and spin and spin and nothing will seem to land for you. On other occasions, you will spin and trigger the bonus features within a few spins of each other and land some sizeable wins. Overall though, this is a slot not to be messed with if you do not have a sizeable bankroll and patience to get the best from it.
  • Overall 79 / 100 - Pragmatic Play have produced another excellent addition to their stable here with Pirate Gold. This is a slot that sails through the choppy waters with its Jolly Roger flag raised high and more often than not, hits the correct mark when it comes to landing a treasure of a slot game experience. If you love higher variance game that offer some sizeable rewards, and you have the patience to adopt a long term approach, then Pirate Gold is a slot you will keep coming back to play time and time again.

Good Luck!

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