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Written and facts checked by Jasmine Thakur, Owner / Online Casino specialist on June 30th of 2022.
How do you make something as fun and thrilling as pirates even more exciting? Make them into zombies or ghosts – whichever strikes your fancy more! A silent ship creeping through the mist, plundering unsuspecting merchants and soldiers, accumulating more loot. They live a good life, and fear only one thing: other ghost pirates! If you’re ready for a showdown of the ages, then come try this slot out.
While there’s no music playing, you do have plenty of ambient noises to immerse you into the world. Ghost Pirates’ RTP is 95.28%, which is below the current average. When this game was released, this was a great RTP, mind you. But not compared to today’s releases. There’s only one actual special feature here: free spins with a 3x multiplier. You also get an occasional, helpful Wild, but it doesn’t have a major impact. The jackpot in this slot is 764x your total stake.
We’re not going to lie, Ghost Pirates looks really rough nowadays. The animations are a much lower quality than what you are used to, and the symbols look a bit wonky. We really cannot say that it’s worth adjusting to the bad graphics, either. Despite being high volatility, the maximum prize isn’t really that amazing. You also only get one special feature, which means you’ll get bored of this game really quickly.
Ghost Pirates has a medium to high variance, which means you can expect a decent grind while trying to win the jackpot. We wouldn’t mind that much, but at best, you can win 764x your total bet. It’s not bad, but other NetEnt releases offer much more lucrative prizes for the same volatility. Add the absence of interesting bonuses, and there’s really no good sides to this slot.
You can set your coin range between ₹1.00 and ₹50.00 per spin. Players can change their coin value, bet level and number of active betways. By adjusting these, you can set your total bet to your liking, anywhere between ₹1 and ₹625 for each spin. This is a great betting spread for casual and mid-range gamblers, since it gives them lots of wagers to use. In contrast, high rollers will be left stranded at sea with a small maximum stake.
Icons can be split into lower and higher paying tiers. Low paying symbols include an anchor, a cannon, deadly rum, a map, an explosive, and a pair of pistols. High paying icons are made up of an undead parrot, a bomb-wielding monkey, one-eyed Ed and Captain Peggy Rotten. A pirate skull is the Wild, and a chest full of treasure is the Scatter symbol. Peggy is the highest paying icon, and the fastest gateway to the 764x jackpot prize!
Wilds: Wilds can only appear on the second and fourth reel. Unlike most games, Wilds can substitute for Scatters, making it more likely to trigger free spins. However, Wilds do not have any cash prize of their own, nor any attached multipliers to boost existing prizes.
Free Spins: Collect three, four or five Scatters to win fifteen, twenty or twenty-five free spins, respectively. Well, that’s true if you’re playing with all 243 ways to win active. If you turned it down to 81 betways or lower, the amount of free spins you get is lowered by five. So instead of getting fifteen, twenty or twenty-five extra turns, you get ten, fifteen or twenty for the same amount of Scatters. All wins during this bonus are tripled.
There’s no denying Ghost Pirates is an old slot. It was quite ambitious for its time, but it has long since passed its prime. The animations feel stiff and the symbols look quite bad. We often review older games here, but they usually hold up a lot better than this NetEnt release did.
The gameplay is rather basic, as well. You only have free spins with a multiplier, which is just standard for modern slots. There’s also the fact your jackpot is too low for the game’s volatility, and the below average RTP.
When you put everything together, Ghost Pirates is not a game we can recommend to anyone. Unless NetEnt eventually return to revamp both gameplay and visuals, you’re better off skipping this release.