A Motley Crew
Pirate Queen is a five-reel, 40-payline slot machine that mostly acts like a pretty standard game of this type. Players are tasked with matching their symbols across the reels, with left-to-right matches scoring prizes that increase as you match three, four, and five in a row. The game uses a slightly expanded format with four positions on each reel, allowing for a bit more action to appear on screen at any one time.
The basic symbols in the game are, as in many machines, the card game ranks. These begin with nines and tens but work their way up through the somewhat more valuable kings and aces. For bigger prizes, players will want to match the pirates themselves. There are several crew members that can earn larger rewards, culminating in the queen herself. She presents on the reels as an expanded symbol that can potentially cover an entire reel, allowing it to take part in some huge wins over multiple paylines.
Special Features and Hidden Treasures
There are also a number of symbols and other aspects that can help players earn huge rewards on any given spin. The game’s logo takes the role of a wild substitute, filling in to complete winning paylines wherever it can. Meanwhile, the pirate ship is a scatter symbol: hit three or more anywhere on screen, and you’ll instantly find your way into the free spins round, where you’ll get to play at least 10 free plays. While there aren’t any particularly impressive animations used, the graphics are bright, colorful, and attractive, with plenty of detail and quality artwork that makes this cabinet a feast for the eyes.
This special feature can be retriggered, potentially earning you far more spins than the initial number that were awarded. This is easier than you’d think, as more ship symbols will appear during the special round. Extra wilds also appear, with plenty of stacked substitutes making it easier to score multiple wins.
Finally, players will also want to keep an eye on what’s going on behind the symbols. During play, you’ll notice that certain segments of the reels have a good background. This is tied to the game’s progressive jackpot system, which pays out if you can fill three or more consecutive reels with a completely golden backdrop. Three in a row will earn you one of the three mini jackpots (depending on which three reels you hit on), while four in a row will earn you one of the two minor prizes. The major progressive jackpot can only be earned if all five reels are gold, making it both the largest and most difficult prize to obtain.
Adventure and Excitement for Those Who Seek It
Pirate Queen is a game that does an excellent job of combining exciting and interesting gameplay with a core simplicity that makes the game accessible to a wide range of players. There’s nothing too crazy going on during each spin, so even someone who only has a passing familiarity with slots should be able to keep up with the action without getting lost.
However, the addition of an added progressive jackpot element and the free spins game does add enough variety to make this a solid and interesting option for more advanced players as well. That makes this machine a fun mid-range option that can appeal to a wide range of slots fans, especially those who enjoy a little seafaring adventure from time to time.