Pirate-themed titles aren’t exactly rare in the world of online gaming, but that’s only because they just happen to be extremely popular with players. Quite why that is the case is a tricky question to answer. Perhaps it’s the appeal of travelling the high seas in search of the next big hoard to plunder. Maybe it’s the rebellious spirit of the pirating life itself. Or it could simply be all the rum that tends to be handed around. Whatever the case, pirate games are as popular today as they always have been, and the latest title from Playtech, Buccaneer Blast, should help that popularity to continue for some time to come.
About Your Destination
Buccaneer Blast is a five-reel video slot with ten pay lines, and as you would probably expect from a game about buccaneers, the action takes place on a pirate ship. Those of you who know your history will already be aware that the big difference between a run-of-the-mill pirate and a buccaneer is that the latter specifically sailed the Caribbean Sea in the 17th and 18th centuries. For that reason, the backdrop in this game is of the Caribbean, so you should expect a clear blue ocean and bright blue skies for the most part, and that gives the game a strangely uplifting feel despite the dubious nature of the pirating activities which it portrays.
The high-paying symbols in this game are four characters: a red Captain with his sword drawn, a green female buccaneer with her gun aimed at an unseen enemy, a blue male buccaneer with a parrot sitting on his shoulder and a purple monkey who is poised to engage in hand-to-hand combat. Lower-value symbols comprise three different pirate ships: a large green ship, a medium-sized blue ship and a smaller purple ship.
Spin the reels and you can land a winning combination of symbols both from left to right and from right to left. In addition, symbols can be stacked, making it even easier to land bigger winning combinations, especially when the first of the game’s two special features is triggered.
Ships Turned Wild
That first special feature is called Ships Turned Wild, and is triggered when a cannon appears beneath the second or fourth reels. This is something that happens at random, and when it does it will transform any lower-value symbols that are on the corresponding reels into wild symbols. If you have a reel full of lower-value symbols above a cannon, the entire reel will effectively become a stacked wild. All wilds thus created will not only make it easier for you to complete a winning combination, but they will also multiply your wins by 2x.
The second special feature in this game is the Buccaneer Blast. Again, this is a feature which is triggered at random, so it can occur at any time. The feature is triggered by the appearance of a black pirate ship on the horizon (above the third reel, to be even more precise), and when that happens you will receive a free respin. Cannons will appear beneath the second, third and fourth reels, and will randomly shoot cannon balls into those reels. Any symbol which is hit by a cannon ball will then be transformed into a wild.
Set Sail for a Winning Adventure
Buccaneer Blast is a good-looking game which is simple to play but incredibly satisfying. Graphics are bold and colourful, animation is smooth and the audio provides a good sense of atmosphere. Visit your favourite casino venue which offers Playtech titles to play on desktop, tablet or mobile, and have a winning adventure!
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