Five Pirates became available to online casino operators in October 2017 shortly after appearing in land-based casinos in both Asia and across South America. Lightning Box Games’ effort into this slot game adaptation of the exploits of the Caribbean pirates cannot be understated. In fact, its press release describes it as a truthful casino game that takes players to the Caribbean region and reenacts the then hotpot of pirating. Games like Exploding Pirates from Spinomenal, Blackbeard’s Gold slot from Cryptologic, and Pirate Plunder from Playtech have similar themes.
The name “Five Pirates” is based on its five optional female pirate bonuses, wherein the player chooses one pirate bonus to qualify for its respective winnings multiplier and free games. The Five Pirates players aim for two, three, four, or five matching symbols.
Five Pirates Game Characteristics
Five Pirates has a 5X4 grid, and no pay lines—it has 1024 winning ways instead. With thirteen symbols, the two special symbols are: a “Wild” and substituting male pirate; and a “Bonus” (scatter) skull-and-cutlasses (the swords are crisscrossing like crossbones). The eleven ordinary symbols are: a sailing ship with a Jolly Roger flag, a typical pirate mascot, a colorful pet parrot, an old Caribbean Sea map and a marker, an old cannon, a purple A, a red K, a golden-yellow Q, a blue J, a golden-brown 10, and a green 9.
The following are the Five Pirates coin values: $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.25, $0.50, $1.00, $2.00, $2.50, $5.00, and $ 7.00. The chosen coin values are multiplied by 50 coins to offer these Five Pirates bet sizes: $0.50 (minimum total bet), $1.00, $1.50, $2.00, $2.50, $5.00, $10.00, $12.50, $25.00, $50.00, $100.00, $125.00, $250.00, and $350.00 (maximum bet).
The Five Pirates payouts for two, three, four, and five combinations. The “Bonus” skull-and-cutlasses symbol pays X100, X250, X400, and X2000. The Pirates’ sailing ship pays X50, X250, X350, and X500. Either the pirate mascot or the pet parrot pays X20, X100, X200, and X250. And the 9s pay X2, X5, X20, and X100.
The payouts for the symbols requiring three, four, and five combinations: either the old Caribbean Sea map or the old cannon offers X60, X100, and X150; As offer X10, X60, and X150; Ks pay X5, X50, and X125; either Qs or Js offer X5, X40, and X100; and 10s offer X5, X20, and X100.
Two, three, or four skull-and-cutlasses symbols activate the so-called “Hold N Spin” side game—it is also fitted in Lost Temple (2011)—whereby the said symbol is frozen and padlocked; if five padlocked skull-and-cutlasses features appear on the grid concurrently, the game proceeds to Barrel Bonus.
Next, the players are prompted to pick a pirate bonus mode from a choice of five; they choose from stacked rum barrels, which determine (by revealing green arrows or red Xs) if they progress to the subsequent challenge level.
In so doing, pirate bonuses offer (maximum): blue pirate bonus has seven free spins and X15 winnings multipliers; yellow pirate bonus has 9 free spins and X10 winnings multipliers; green pirate bonus has 11 free spins and X8 winnings multipliers; red pirate bonus has 13 free spins and X6 winnings multiplier; and purple pirate bonus has 15 free spins and X5 winnings multipliers. Five Pirates has a $200,000 non-progressive jackpot.
Five Pirates has good software, interesting sound effects, and the animated imagery resonates with fans of pirates-related fantasy.
Luck in Five Pirates
Five Pirates is a game of chance, has an RTP rate of 95.49% and the house edge is 4.51%.