There is something inherently attractive about pirates. Unlimited freedom out in the open sea, plundering the riches of far-away kingdoms, living life how you want! For us, who live in a world of strict rules and non-existent adventures, such tales are incredibly popular. They let our brains wander, imagining an experience unlike any other you might experience in the real world.
So what sort of booty is hidden in this mysterious chest full of loot? Opening it will uncover expanding reels, expanding Wilds with multipliers, free spins, and symbol substitution special features!
Ever since they were founded in 2014, Red Tiger Gaming has been a rising star in the slots industry. The original team was made up of experienced developers, who kick-started the company’s ‘Science of Fun’ approach. It feels like they were the new kid on the block just yesterday. Now, five years later, Red Tiger Gaming has improved immensely, and is ready to compete with the biggest developers.
How to Play it
The slot is played on a 5×3 board, which can expand to become a 6×3 playing field. Despite the number of reels increasing, the number of paylines does not increase, remaining at a fixed 20. Tapping the stake button allows gamblers to choose their wager from a drop down menu. The minimum total bet is $0.20, while the maximum goes up to $20 per spin.
The user interface is mobile friendly, and makes good use of the touch screen. We quite like the fact we can ‘physically’ spin the reels by pushing them down with your finger. It is a small gesture, but one few software developers remember to include.
Activating the Autoplay options, players are allowed to choose the total number of spins and their loss limit. There are additional, optional settings that let you set a single win limit, and let you choose whether the reels stop if a bonus is activated.
The game has a lot of love and effort put into it. The glow of the lamps is quite cool, as is the smoke effect escaping from the lamp. The background image is mostly static, and depicts a treasure room within a ship. Gamblers hoping to find interesting animations may be somewhat disappointed. Only a few are available, and mostly happen when it contributes to one of the bonuses.
That said, Red Tiger’s release is better than most at hiding the absence of fun animations. The icons will only have a sheen of light pass over them, not counting the ship wheels. Instead, the developers have added a black waving flag effect to all winning symbols, and gave it fluid animations instead.
If you plan to unlock the sixth reel, get ready for a grind! Each time a treasure map icon appears, it adds a miniscule amount of progress to the map on top of the sixth reel. Once enough symbols are collected, the map is completed, and is permanently unlocked! Sort of. If you change your wager, you have to unlock the sixth reel all over again.
When you unlock the sixth reel, Wilds can randomly choose to cover the entirety of the reel they land on. They may also appears with a 2x, 3x or 5x multiplier attached to them.
Collect three Scatter to win ten free spins. During this time, the appearance of the ghost captain will add award a key. You need three keys to unlock a single chest, and will need nine in total to unlock everything. The prize for opening chests are additional free spins, and the chance to transform low paying symbols into Wilds.
When the Wild Monkey appears, there is a chance he will steal all low paying icons. This triggers a re-spin with only top paying symbols.
This high volatility game has a maximum win worth 1000x your total stake. The RTP for Pirates Plenty: The Sunken Treasure is 96.12%.
We have had our eyes on Red Tiger Gaming for a while now. Their slot quality has shot up in the last few years, and we are not the only ones to recognise this. This release only shows that positive trend continuing, which we are quite pleased with. Superb visuals and engaging gameplay will woo a great deal of players. Give it a spin, you will not regret it!