Barcrest’s Pearl of the Caribbean Video Slot Review

Take to the high seas and go plundering for treasure in Pearl of the Caribbean. Created by Barcrest it’s a 5 reel, 50 payline video slot that comes with a bonus round that awards at least 8 free spins. Land a pirate wild in the free spins round and it expands to fill the whole of the reel. Play in Big Bet mode to bring even more extras into play. Stakes start at 10p per spin and rise to £500 (per spin) – across all devices.

Your first decision here is to decide how many paylines are active. You can play with between 10 and 50 lines active with stakes to match. There is 1 main set of reels as well as 4 smaller sets above.

Like most video slots from Barcrest, the design here is pretty simple. On the wooden style reels, you’ll see heart, diamond, club and spade symbols as well as a treasure chest, a cannon, a parrot, a pearl and a sailing ship at night. The best of the standard symbols is the skull and crossbones which pays 25 times your bet if you land 5 on a payline.

The female pirate is the wild. Land this fully on the main reel set and it activates the 4 reels above with the Expanding Wild feature. The stacked wild fills the equivalent position on those machines. With all 4 machines live, there are 250 paylines.

The gold doubloon is the scatter. Land 3 or more of these on the same spin to trigger the game’s Free Spins Bonus feature. 3 or 4 scatters award 8 or 12 free spins respectively. Each extra scatter on the triggering spin adds another 3 free spins to your total meaning up to 15 in total to start with.

During the free spins round, expanding wilds are in play. Every time part of the pirate hits, it expands to turn the whole reel wild. Re-triggers are possible here too meaning up to 30 free spins altogether.

You’ll also have the chance to play with the Big Bet Mode feature. This series of linked spins will set you back £20, £30 or £50. In return you’ll get expanding wilds, the lower value symbols are removed and a 5x wild multiplier depending on the stakes.

This pirate adventure is a little unusual. The design is simple and nothing to write home about. The gameplay offers something different though thanks to the multiple reels which can lead to payouts of 1,250 times your bet per free spin. Using the Big Bet Mode feature, you can win 5 times that amount but for £50, it’s an expensive and unlikely option.

If you enjoy the buccaneering theme, then this quest for the Pearl of the Caribbean is one to consider. If you want pirates though, Pirate’s Charm from Quickspin would be my choice as you can plunder over 3,800 times your bet on every free spin.

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