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Pirate Themed Slots by Software Providers

By: Joe Valentino, Thursday December 23rd 2010
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Online slot games not only provide opportunities for receiving payouts but also take players into a make believe world. And no fantasy can be more exciting than sailing a pirate ship and searching for hidden treasure. Centuries of fiction novels and decades of Hollywood films have immortalized the pirate legends. Online gaming software providers find it easy to create symbols, graphics, animations and bonus games based on these legends. Most software providers offer at least one pirate themed slot game in their portfolio.

One of the simplest pirate themed slot games is from the software provider Realtime Gaming. It is titled Goldbeard, after the dreaded pirate Black Beard. But the slot game does not have a sinister appearance. The symbols crafted in a comic manner are bright and colorful. Goldbeard is the wild symbol. It also acts as a multiplier and activates a free spins bonus round. In this round players can win up to 24 free spins at tripled payouts. When Goldbeard appears in winning combinations he swings his cutlass in typical pirate fashion. The Gold Coin is the scatter symbol. The other thematic symbols are Pirate Ship, Parrot, Cannon and Treasure Chest. High value card symbols are also used.

The Vegas Technology pirate themed slot raises the bar. It is titled X Marks the Spot, which immediately brings to mind secret maps showing the location of buried treasure and raises the expectation from the game. And X Marks the Spot delivers. The pirate theme is ideal for a bonus game on the second screen. In this slot game from Vegas Technology the second screen takes players to a map with possible locations of hidden treasure marked with an X. Players test their luck by selecting locations and winning bonus credits. X Marks the Spot also replaces high value card symbols with thematic symbols and thus gets more of the pirate legend on the reels. The symbols used include Pirate, Cannon, Map, Treasure Chest, Jolly Roger, Ship, Parrot, Island and Rum.

Using the advances in software graphics technology Playtech revamped an older slot game Captain's Treasure into Captain's Treasure Pro. The main difference is that the later version has 3D graphics, which makes the environment more realistic. Background music superimposed on sounds of the sea and the ship's wheel creaking has been introduced. The symbols are the usual ones and include the Pirate Captain, Treasure Chest, Parrot, Ship and Cannon. The animations of the symbols are also more realistic. The ship rocks and rolls as it navigates the high seas with gulls flying around it. The cannon fires at an enemy and recoils. To add to the intrigue a mystery scatter has been introduced in the free spins.

The Cryptologic pirate themed slots game has also received a makeover, just like the Playtech one. It is titled Buccaneer's Bounty. And the leader of the bloodthirsty horde is a female buccaneer. Buccaneer's Bounty reveals the full power of animations technology. The Ship is the scatter symbol. When two or more of these symbols appear on the reels, the ship's cannons fire. The entire set of reels vibrates with the shock and the cannonball leaves gaping black holes on the reels. The bonus features are also taken to a new level. Players can choose from Island Defender or Pillaging Pirate. Each game exhibits both increased complexity in structure and graphics. In Island Defender a fleet of pirate ships attack the island. The player gets 10 cannon shots to bring down as many ships as he can. The animated graphics of the ships being hit and keeling over are fantastic.

This is not the end of pirate themed slots. As the technology becomes more advanced software providers will bring in more innovations.

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