Arr me hearties, the pirates are in town on the slot from Live 5 Gaming. Jump aboard Ships Bounty to discover what they brought back from their latest plundering voyage. A randomly expanding game window, booty reels, a treasure chest bonus game and a free spins round with progressive multipliers can lead to wins in excess of 5,000 times your stake.
Ships Bounty is a video slot with five reels, four rows and 1,024 ways to win in default mode. It will expand in the features to reach a maximum of seven rows and 16,807 ways. Pays are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. Get aboard on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility and an RTP of 95.61%.
Visually, the game concept is directed towards mobile play in portrait mode which will not adapt if you are spinning the reels on a desktop computer. An ocean scene with a lost island in the distance on a bright, sunny day is the backdrop to the intricately designed game window that is held by ship flagpoles. A giant Kraken will awake when the features are triggered to crank up the rows and increase the ways to win. The soundtrack could have been taken straight from one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, giving the game the fitting audio background.
Open the game to find wooden plank card suites – diamonds, clubs, spades and hearts – at the low end of the paytable, awarding wins from 0.60x to 1x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by swords, pirate hooks, compasses, cannons, anchors and a captains skull at the high level. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 2x to 20x your bet.
A ship’s wheel marked with the word itself is the wild symbol substituting for all regular pay symbols. An icon marked with “Free Spins” is the scatter while a treasure chest is the bonus symbol on this slot. Differently coloured coins appear in the bonus game only.
As usual with games from Live 5, Ships Bounty is packed to the brim with features and extras that will take some time to get through and understand. The most visible is the Booty Reels, which are one or more randomly highlighted reels. It will enhance the rewards if the Free Spins scatter or the bonus treasure chest land on it on the triggering spin.
On any spin in the base game, the giant Kraken can awake to trigger the random Expanding Reels feature. Up to eight respins can be awarded with the game window increasing from a 5×4 format to 5×5 on the first respin, 5×6 on the second and ultimately to 5×7 on the third respin. Any further respin is played on the maximum 5×7 game window with 16,807 ways, providing extra potential to hit multi-way wins.
Bonus treasure chests landing on reels two, three and four in one spin will award the Chest Bonus game. The Kraken will open the big chest sitting on top of the reels and empty the coins onto the reels. The game window is increased to the maximum 5×7 format, containing only blanks and differently coloured coins, each worth a bet multiplier.
You will get now three spins to hit as many coins as possible. Any landing will reset the counter to three. This will continue until you run out of spins or all 35 positions are filled with coins. The maximum win in the bonus game peaks at 1,750x your total bet.
And there is more, actually, the main act on this bounty hunt which will again put the Booty Reels at the centre of attention. Hitting scatters on reels one, three and five will trigger the Progressive Multiplier Free Spins which can be retriggered indefinitely. The scatters landing on active Booty Reels will award four free spins and increase the win multiplier by x1 while standard scatters will award only two free spins and no additional multiplier. Retriggering the free spins will use the same mechanic to determine the amount of extra free spins and multipliers.
And that is still not the end as wild symbols landing on a Booty Reel during the free spins will increase the win multiplier by x1 for each wild, no limits.
Ships Bounty turned out to be an entertaining game with the visuals still working OK on a large desktop screen. The features are plentiful and the win potential too. Well worth to give it a few spins in your next slotting session.