Ghosts and pirates are two typical themes often used in stories and once in a while a story contains both themes. Once of those stories is The Ghost Pirates, a novel by William Hope Hodgson, first published in 1909. Just as in Ghost Pirates the video slot, the novel is about a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage while occupied by ghost pirates, although not officially described as pirates nor ghosts, who eventually drag it down to an unknown fate. Unlike the characters in the novel, the ones in Ghost Pirates do look a lot like pirates. The only handsome ghost I know from a story is Patrick Swayze in the movie Ghost, and I can assure the characters in Ghost Pirates definitely don’t look this handsome at all. The conclusion; ghosts don’t look handsome in general, and pirates neither, so don’t expect any charming characters while playing Ghost Pirates.
Get on board
If looking for some adventure, get on board of this haunted ship if you dare. Don’t be afraid to be surrounded by the main characters Peggy Rotten, One-Eyed Ed, Mad Monkey and Polly the parrot, but also treasure chests, skulls, crossbones, pistols, coins, treasure maps, grog bottles, canons and anchors. Each of these symbols is designed to a high quality standard with most of them also animate when used to create a winning combination. To complete this amazingly designed video slot, Net Entertainment added intricate graphics surrounding the reels as there are flaming torches and skeleton ghosts pirates. You just can’t stop looking at the amazing details, but even more important while designing a video slot are the features, but even when it comes to the extra features, Ghost Pirates has a lot to offer.
While many features will help to create winnings, you can also choose a number of ways to bet going up to 243. Activate 3, 9, 27, 81 or 243 bet ways, but realise that the more bet ways you choose, the more chance you’ll have a winning combination will be made. For this reason I recommend to play with either 81 or 243 bets to win, but preferably 243. Not only because 243 ways to win will give you the best winning chances, but also more Free Spins when three or more Scatters will be visible on the reels. If playing with just 3 ways to win, the lowest level and with the lowest coin value possible, you’ll spend just 0.01 a spin. Though to make a few bucks a total bet of 0.01 won’t make any difference. To start winning seriously I recommend you to activate at least 81 or 243 ways to win. This will increase your total bet up to 0.25. Increase the chances to win by increasing the bet levels and choose a higher coin value to increase your winnings in general. If all ways to win have been activated, played in level five and with a maximum coin value of 0.50, your total bet can get up to 62.50.
Free spins feature
Besides the amazing option to play with 243 ways to win, this Ghost Pirates video slot also offers a Wild and a Scatter. The Wild, which appears on the reels as skull pirate, will substitute for any other symbol this game is offering. The reason why the Wild symbol can be responsible for many more winnings during the regular game, but also during Free Spins. Talking about the Scatter, also this symbol can’t be missed in Ghost Pirates and is responsible for Scatter wins and Free Spins. Three Scatters will multiply your total wins with five, four with 20 and five Scatters will be responsible for a x50 Multiplier. But that’s not all the Scatter does as three or more of these special symbols will get you up to 25 Free Spins. The amount of Free Spins you will be spoiled with depends on the total of bet ways activated. If 3, 9, 27 or 81 ways are activated, you will receive 10, 15 or 20 free spins when 3, 4 or 5 icons appear. If you’re playing with 243 ways to win, you’ll be even more spoiled as 15, 20 and 25 Free Spins will be rewarded.
Innovative video slot
if you would ask me how to play Ghost Pirates, I will definitely recommend you to play with 243 ways to win. Just as I always recommend to activate the maximum amount of bet lines. Not only because your chances to win increase significantly, but in Ghost Pirates it also increases the amount of Free Spins awarded when three or more Scatters appear on the reels. Another reason is the theoretical return to the player which increases enormously when you activate all bet ways to win as this percentage can be between 95.3% – 96.9% of which this last number regards the 243 bets to win. Rarely you see the pay-out percentage so high with video slots, although it’s normal for Netent video slots to pay out around 96%, Ghost Pirates is above average, even without any jackpots involved. This together with high quality 3D graphics, will make it even more worth to go for a trip on board of this haunted ship.