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There have been a solid offering of decent Pirate themed games over the past couple of years. The likes of Yggdrasil’s Pirates: Smugglers Paradise and Pirates 2: Mutiny, Iron Dog’s Pirate Kingdom Megaways, and especially the two Pirate’s Plenty games by Red Tiger have set the bar fairly high. So, can Blueprint Gaming’s Pirate Frenzy compete in the crowded Pirate slot space?
Pirate’s Frenzy is 5x3 slot (or 6x3 slot depending on how much you’re willing to pay) with 10 fixed paylines. It has the potential to deliver big wins of up to 10,000x the bet size and comes with an RTP of 96.12% and is a highly volatile slot.
Big wins come from a scatter triggered free spins round which also comes with a money feature. Also, players have to option of playing extra to play with 6 reels rather than the standard 5.
You can play Pirate’s Frenzy from €0.20 to an eye-watering €800 per spin (in 6 reel mode).
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Design & Symbols
Unfortunately, the design is what really lets this slot down. Some of you will probably immediately recognise the similarity between this and the slot Fishin’ Frenzy. That’s because, but for one significant feature, this game is a clone of the 2014 release. Although the theme and settings/symbols are different, the sophistication of the design and graphics have sadly remained the same. This is another of Reel Time Gaming’s (Blueprint’s sister company) which Blueprint have decided is worthy of an online release (Reel Time Gaming are famed for developing a lot of land-based slots). I have to acknowledge that retro slots can be surprisingly successful, and with the recent success of Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways, Blueprint obviously thought dropping Pirate’s Frenzy made commercial sense. Still, from a design point of view, it is left wanting and is more 2010 than 2020.
The action takes place on the shore of a desert island. The static scene is competent but simplistic. A Pirate ship can be seen way out to sea. Closer to the shore, waves are crashing with the white surf rolling across the cobalt blue sea. There are palm trees to the left and right of the gameboard, a few rocks, and a fascinated looking crab. The gameboard sits front and centre and is a rather bland looking affair. You can tell it is old school as it has the paylines highlighted by small coloured and numbered boxes either side of the board. Play is accompanied by a series of electronic noises you’d expect to hear coming out of a 1980’s slot – certainly not related to the theme of the game.
Low value symbols are the standard playing card royals 10-A. High value symbols are bottles of grog, oranges, anchors, money bags, and the ship’s parrot. The parrot is the highest paying regular symbol, awarding a healthy 200x the bet size for 5 on a payline. Three of a kind (or more) matching symbols signal a payday, except for the parrot which only requires two.
Captain Sparrow plays the part of the wild (and money bag collector in the free spins round), and is also the highest paying symbol of all, awarding 500x the bet size for 5 of a kind. The scatter is the pirate ship.
- 6th Reel
- Free Spins with Money Grab
Above the gameboard is a button which gives you the option to unload a 6th reel. The obvious advantage of the 6th reel is that bigger wins are available, with 6 on a payline doubling the top prizes for each symbol. Furthermore, it also means there are more opportunities to land scatter symbols, and in the Money Grab Round, more moneybags. However, in order to activate the 6th reel each spin will cost double, meaning the most expensive spin leaps from €400 to €800.
Free Spins with Money Grab
3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters triggers 10, 15, 20, or 50 free spins. During free spins the moneybag symbols have a cash value attached to them which is either 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 20x, or 60x the bet size (unless you are playing six reels in which case halve the amount of each as although the top win doubles, all other values remain the same). The only way you can win the values attached to the bags is if a Pirate Wild comes into view. The pirate collects the values of each moneybag on the screen and it is awarded to you as a cash prize. If more than one Pirate Wild lands, each one collects all the cash values and you are paid the total value for each Pirate.
Our Thoughts on Pirate’s Frenzy
I have to say that Pirate’s Frenzy is something of a let-down compared to other recent Pirate themed slots. That’s not to say it is a terrible game, it has its moments, but is lacking in a few areas. Design is the obvious let-down here. The retro theme doesn’t really work here, unless perhaps you’re a real fan of the original Fishin’ Frenzy. Other than that, it just looks and sounds so dated that it becomes off-putting. The slot wins back a few points with its 10,000x potential and its volatility which could well attract the gamblers looking for a fat payday. However, in my opinion, there are plenty of other slots which fit this bill which are more desirable to play.