Ice Pirates is a December 2015 piracy-inspired video slot developed by Endorphina. Set in the arctic region, the Ice Pirates themes are: pirating, historical, wintry, sea patrols, arctic animals, ice crystalline, thawing, and glacier. Endorphina’s other relatable (esp. historical themes) slot games: Gladiators (December 2015), Urartu (January 2015), The Vikings (October 2015), Almighty Sparta (May 2019), and Ancient Troy (June 2019). Examples of Ice Pirates’ rival games: Pirate Plunder (July 2011) from Amaya, Captain’s Treasure Pro (January 2009) from Playtech, and Age of Privateers (May 2017) from Green Tube.
As the name denotes, Ice Pirates is all about pirates on the prowl on icy waters. During the regular game, all symbols require either three or four winning combinations. However, the free games mode needs 3+ skull and crossbones symbols.
Ice Pirates Game Characteristics
Ice Pirates has a 5X3 grid that is embedded on brown horizontal wooden planks, and divided by plaid ropy partitions; twelve main symbols (and multiplier-related supporting symbols), free games, ten adjustable paylines, sixty bet sizes, five win multipliers, autoplay mode, side game, and its dynamic regular payouts range from $5.00 to $10000.00.
Ice Pirates has two main special and ten ordinar
y symbols. The special symbols: a sparsely toothed, one-eyed and brown-haired pirate in a brown-and-golden tricorn (wild/substitute); black-eyed “scatter” skull and crossbones in a scarf and skullcap. Associated with the win multipliers, the supporting symbols include: an icy “X10” jar; an icy “X3” bottle; a brown-tagged “X2” mug; an icy “X2” mug; an icy “X5” gin; and an orange “X5” bottle.
Ordinary symbols: stocky brown-bearded pirate in a black beanie; one-toothed pirate with an eyepatch and in a brown cap; a petite female pirate wearing a tricorn; white bear; a sword-wielding penguin in a brown belt and dotted purple kerchief; blue “A” crystal; blue “K” crystal; blue “J” crystal; blue “Q” crystal; and blue “10” crystal.
Ice Pirates coin values: $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00, $5.00, and $10.00 (also total bets for one payline; $1.00 minimum bet). Below are the Ice Pirates total bets for 2-10 paylines. Two paylines: $2.00, $4.00, $6.00, $8.00, $10.00, and $20.00. Three paylines: $3.00, $6.00, $9.00, $12.00, $15.00, and $30.00. Four paylines: $4.00, $8.00, $12.00, $16.00, $20.00, and $40.00. Five paylines: $5.00, $10.00, $15.00, $20.00, $25.00, and $50.00.
Six paylines: $6.00, $12.00, $18.00, $24.00, $30.00, and $60.00. Seven paylines: $7.00, $14.00, $21.00, $28.00, $35.00, and $70.00. Eight paylines: $8.00, $16.00, $24.00, $32.00, $40.00, and $80.00. Nine paylines: $9.00, $18.00, $27.00, $36.00, $45.00, and $90.00. Ten paylines: $10.00, $20.00, $30.00, $40.00, $50.00, and $100.00 (maximum bet).
Example. Staking the $100.00 maximum bet offers these Ice Pirates possible payouts for three and four winning combinations: tricorn-wearing pirates pay $1000.00 and $10000.00; “scatter” skull and crossbones pay $500.00 and $2500.00; brown-bearded pirates, or one-toothed eye-patched pirates pay $400.00 and $2000.00; orange-haired female pirates pay $200.00 and $800.00; bears, or penguins pay $150.00 and $600.00; A, K pays $100.00 and $400.00; J, or Q, or 10 pays $50.00 and $200.00.
More than three “scatter” skulls and crossbones unlock twelve free games. Appearing on reel 5, the Ice Pirates win multipliers are: X2, X3, X5, X10, and X20. However, these multipliers are only applicable when represented by thawed symbols. The “Risk Gamble” side game requires players to select hidden cards whose values are higher than the dealt card to double wins. Ice Pirates’ non-progressive jackpot is $500000.00.
The Ice Pirates software is good, with: optional low, medium and high-quality graphics; stretchable interface; session statistics; reality check; autoplay with up to 999 automated rounds that can be set to stop after up to an hour playtime, single wins capped at 1000 bets, 90% balance decrease, and X10 balance increase. Strangely, Ice Pirates bet sizes can fluctuate; sometimes, the optional total bets can be as low as a tenth of the aforementioned bet sizes.
Ice Pirates has water sloshing, ice cracking, heaving pirate, water splashing, and thawing sound effects. The 3D animated graphics include a fuming pirate, jumping fish beside the anchor on the glacier, water ripples, and burning win multipliers diving into mugs.
Luck in Ice Pirates
The return to player rate of Ice Pirates, a game of chance, is 96% and the house edge is 4%.