Pirate Golden Age Review

From Pragmatic Play

Pirate Golden Age is a super high variance pirate slot set in the Caribbean with 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 fixed paylines. It’s all about the free spins round where Mystery Symbols transform into identical pay symbols and collect in a symbol meter to be redistributed after each spin. Multipliers and high value premiums of up to 75x give good potential payouts. Top payout is 3,000x.

OUR RATING:

Score
7.0

Name:  Pirate Golden Age

Developer:  Pragmatic Play

Paylines:  20

Reels:  5

Rows:  3

RTP:  96.49%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  3,000x

Jackpot:  No

Release Date:  October 2022

Features:  Wilds, Free Spins, Mystery Symbols, Mystery Symbol Meter, Multipliers

About This Slot

Yet another pirate slot drops this autumn with Pragmatic Play’s new Pirate Golden Age game. This is a high variance game with few features and aimed directly at the high-risk gamblers out there. The gameplay is stripped back and the only extra is the free spins round which is embellished by Mystery Symbols and Multipliers.

The action takes place on a Caribbean Beach with azure blue waters and golden sands overlooked by high, rocky cliffs. A huge skull carved into the rock protruding from the cliff face gives a sinister feel to an otherwise idyllic scene and adds a dash of Pirates of the Caribbean.

This game becomes available at your favourite slot sites from 6th October 2022.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Pragmatic Play have cranked up the volatility here. This game is for high risk fans only! Here is the maths:

  • Pragmatic Play rate this as a 5/5 on their variance scale. That means high risk for potentially high reward. There will be little to speak of in the base game but it’s all about unlocking the free spins round. Note the high value of the paytable symbols that will drive up wins when they do drop.
  • The top win is 3,000x – very underwhelming in today’s slots market.
  • The RTP of Pirate Golden Age is a standard 96.49%.
  • Bets start at 20p per spin.

Symbols and Graphics

The paytable here is made up of classic pirate iconography – the symbols are nothing new but their values are quite impressive. Here are the highlights of the paytable:

  • Pirate Golden Age is a 5 reel by 3 row slot with 20 fixed paylines active at all times. There are no expanding reels in this game.
  • Wins are scored by landing 3 or more identical symbols from left to right on the reels.
  • There are 4 low paying symbols – the Jack through to Ace. Their values range from 1.5x to 3x your bet for five on a line.
  • There are 6 premiums – the bomb, the anchor, the parrot and the 3 pirate characters wielding cutlasses and revolvers. The highest paying pirate triggers an impressive 75x for five on a payline.
  • There are also Wilds represented by the skeleton in the 3-pointed hat. These sub in for all other symbols and also pay 75x for five on a payline.
  • Finally, look out for the Pirate Golden Age bonus symbol – it triggers the free spins round when 3 or more land on a spin.

What We Like

  Cool graphics and setting
  High value premiums at 75x
  Good if you like simple gameplay
  Mystery symbols collect in bonus round
  Get extra free spins in bonus round

What We Don't Like

  Fewer features that rival slots

Gameplay and Features

This simple, high variance slots play with no frills. Here is a summary of the gameplay. Note that there are NO extra features in the base game – it’s all about the free spins round!

  • Free Spins trigger when three or more bonus scatters land at the same time.
  • In the free spins round a new MYSTERY symbol is added to the reels in the form of a Golden Skull.
  • When they land, these Golden Skulls all transform into the same symbol – a pay symbol or a wild. Mystery symbols are also COLLECTED in a meter at the side of the reels.
  • After a free spin, the total number of mystery symbols collected in the meter is added BACK onto the reels.
  • Mystery symbols added back onto the reels can be dropped on existing ones. When this happens a multiplier is applied at 1x for each mystery symbol. So, if 3 mystery symbols are on one position, then a 3x multiplier is applied to any win that includes that position.
  • EXTRA FREE SPINS – are awarded too! Every 5 mystery symbols collected in the meter gets you an extra 1, 2 or 3 more spins (number chosen at random).

Our Verdict

Pirate Golden Age is a very simple slot that will only appeal to a particular type of gambler. The trend right now is for highly complex and intricate gameplay and features in slots like No Limit City’s San Quentin xWays or Tombstone RIP, or Relax Gaming’s own pirate slot, Dead Man’s Trail. So Pragmatic Play are very much going against the grain here. But that’s not to say this game doesn’t work – it does what its supposed to by offering you straight forward, no frills gambling.

Highlights of the game include the super high-value pay symbols and wild that can score you a 75x top win. And a good run of Mystery Symbols in the free spins round could be lucrative if you can add more spins and some good multipliers. On the down side, the 3,000x top payout just doesn’t come close to rival games – Dead Man’s Trail runs at a 50,000x top win for example.

In short, Pirate Golden Age could offer a good slots fix for those into their high risk action but in our opinion there are other more compelling games on the market right now.