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The map has been marked and the route is set, all the journey needs is a new British captain! Sail the ghostly seas with the Ghost Pirates slot by NetEnt and get ready for a spooky pirate-themed adventure. Players will love the entertainment that comes with this ship (because it was built for plundering!) with an alternative grid format that features 243 bet ways and a ship-load of animated symbols, scatters, and wilds for which to spin.
This medium to high volatile video slot from NetEnt features a 95.28% return to player (RTP) and a non-traditional setup for winning combinations.
Ghost Pirates looks like your everyday five-reel three-row slot, but the only difference is in the winning combinations. There are no standard pay lines – instead, the number of coins you bet determines the number of active reels, and therefore the ways to win.
While there are no progressive jackpots linked to this online fruit machine, there are a number of winning combinations to land. Whilst playing Ghost Pirates you will be looking to get any of the ten varying pirate symbols and characters, including a host of different weapons and tools you’ll find around a pirate ship (like a compass, cannon or an anchor).
The scatter symbol is a treasure chest, which bursts open to show off its gold. If you are lucky enough to land three, four or five scatters, you will score between 10 and 25 free spins. Wilds are represented by a pirate skull, which is the same image as the game logo.
Coin values start low at 0.01 and go up to 0.50, with five betting levels and bet amounts ranging from £0.25 right up to £62.50 for those playing with real money.
The design team behind the Ghost Pirates online slot really nailed the brief for this game.
Overall, it looks and feels really spooky, which is not what you’d expect, while the characters and symbols are evil-looking and all-in-all everything works together very well.
Our only gripe with this game is that the scatter symbol kind of feels out of place, it doesn’t mesh well with the other symbols and looks quite bland. Plus, while it isn’t as bad, the ‘Mad Monkey’ character looks less like a monkey and more like Gollum from Lord of the Rings!
The sound effects are great but the winning combination sounds and feels more like a ‘slot game’ than Ghostly Pirates - we did appreciate that they weren’t overly loud but had more ambient sounds.
Background music or ambience is where this game kicks goals. The soft sounds playing in the background sound as though they would be perfect in a haunted house! Which suits the theme perfectly.
There is one thing that we were wondering about - when you start playing the slot, the spooky sounds go very quiet! With no way of changing the audio levels to increase the sound.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any particular special features in the Ghost Pirates slot. The scatter symbols earn free spins, with the maximum number of spins only being possible when playing maximum coins (i.e. playing 243 bet ways).
The one special feature in this game is the betways. There are no traditional pay lines, but the middle row is always active, so, there is a hint of classic single pay line fruit machines going on here.
With our map and compass in hand, we navigated the seven seas and made it back in one piece, ghost pirates and all! This slot is a tonne of fun and while the unique playstyle takes a few spins to get used to – its simple style and eerie theme are the perfect combination for a relaxing session of entertaining online slot gaming. Therefore, we must say ‘kudos’ to NetEnt here!