Released: May, 2018
Free Spins: Yes
Scatter Symbols: Yes
After Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series have put the sea wolves back on the map and revived the popularity of buccaneer tales, it was only a matter of time before the theme would find its way to the gambling industry, providing a context for slot games by the finest software developers in the industry. Fortunately for the more demanding players, Quickspin has not missed out on the opportunity to provide their own interpretation of the theme, launching Pirate’s Charm, a 5-reel and 243 ways-win slot that features everything an average pirate holds dear – plenty of gold, the ominous flag and the open sea, the symbols of a pirate’s reckless and unscrupulous life style which they are ready to defend until the last rat leaves the vessel.
The highest value symbol is the ship’s one-eyed Captain, followed by the fiery redhead and a ruthless fellow pirate, all appropriately accessorised for the life of pillaging. Medium value icons are the golden skull with two crossed swords and the ship’s wheel. All symbols, including the lowest ranking icons, A, K, Q, J and 10 become payable in the combination of 3.
Together with the main game icons, the slot has a special set of symbols – Mystery Charm, which can be transformed into any other icon (except for the Scatter) and the Bonus Scatter symbol that unlocks Pirate’s Charms free games when a combination of three lands on reels 2, 3 and 4 during the base game.
Bets are adjusted manually and the player can increase or decrease the wager by using ˄ and ˅ on the command screen. The lower betting limit is $0.20 and the stake can be increased to $100; players who employ flat betting system or who are simply not accustomed to frequently changing the wagering amount can activate the Auto Play option, thus setting in motion up to 1000 spins. The auto spins can be stopped manually or through the advanced settings, allowing the player to set the win or loss limit at which the automatised spin will be interrupted. The information about the balance and wins will be displayed on the smaller screens placed on the bottom, left and right from the total bet tab and the bet level command buttons.
When the Mystery Charm icons land on the reels 1, 2 and 3 during the main game, Mystery Charm Respin Feature will be triggered, locking into place all corresponding icons and activating a re-spin. While the re-spin is in progress, new Mystery Charm icons can appear, activating an extra spin and re-setting the feature until there are no more relevant icons on the reels.
Any main game spin can unlock Mystery Spin bonus round. Once unlocked, this feature will increase the odds of triggering Mystery Charm Respin, since more triggering symbols will land on the reels.
Combination of at least 3 Ship Scatter icons will activate 10 Free Spins, during which Mystery Charms can also land on the reels and remain locked on their position. If these icons expand across a reel, 2 Free spins will be added to the session.
The highest value symbol generates the base game payout of $500 for a combination of 5 icons on a single payline – left to right on the adjacent reels. In case of multiple winning lines, valid combinations from all paylines will be added together. The total stake can be increased by x3,861 during the Mystery Charms Respins, if, of course, one manages to transform all the icons into the highest value ship Captain symbol. With the return to player percentage of 96.49%, Pirate’s Charm is categorised as a medium variance game.
A bit basic when bonus games are concerned, Pirate’s Charm will have a hard time competing with some other releases from the same developer, but only with regards to special features and winning hit frequency. Although it offers potentially generous winnings, Free Spins are not triggered as often as one might anticipate and higher bankroll is required for a prolonged gameplay. Nevertheless, whatever the game lacks in bonuses, it definitely makes up for in visual presentation and Pirate’s Charm can stand side by side with any other Quickspin slot.