Pirate Radio

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The series of “Real 2 Reel” online slots developed by Realistic Gaming is noted for its hyper-realistic looking games. Just like Pentagram, Double Bubble and other games in this line-up, the 5-reel, 20-payline slot called “Pirate Radio” can be operated in either “Full Cabinet” mode, with other slot machines surrounding it as if on a real casino floor, or in “Close-up” mode with only the reels showing on the screen.

The game console provides a highly authentic 3-D look. Controls are located on a ledge-like panel below the reels, the frame appears to be done in wood and a tombstone-shaped marquee appears at the top, depicting a pirate ship moored in deep-blue ocean waters surrounded by playful dolphins. The reels appear to be nestled in the captain’s quarters, where maps, cutlasses, ropes, barrels, chests and other seafaring paraphernalia are stored.

The game begins with the player selecting an amount for wagering. This is accomplished by using the up/down arrows next to the “Stake per Line” indicator in the middle of the control panel. Available wagers range from €0.01 to €5.00. From 1 to 20 paylines can be selected, too, by using the up/down arrows next to the “Lines in Play” indicator. With all 20 lines activated, the maximum possible total stake is €100.

The basic symbols on the reels are the standard cards, Tens through Aces. Catching three or more of them on an active win line from left to right is worth a line bet multiplier of from 4X to 200X. Three or four matching First Mate, Female Pirate or Captain symbols will pay multipliers of 30X or 300X, respectively. There is also a Jolly Roger (skull & crossbones) symbol on the reels that serves as a wild, substituting for all symbols except the Treasure Chest Scatter. Catching 2, 3, 4 or 5 Jolly Rogers on an active payline is worth a multiplier of 5X, 200X, 10000X or 40000X, respectively. If four Jolly Rogers line up with one of the three Pirate symbols, the payout is 10000X.

The Treasure Chest Scatter appears on all five reels. Whenever 2, 3, 4 or 5 of the scatter symbols come up in any positions, they pay total stake multipliers of 2X, 5X, 75X or 500X, respectively. Catching three or more scatters also activates the Free Spins Bonus Round. A turntable with two large vinyl discs will appear. On the surface of the first disc are numbers indicating how many free spins can be won, up to 25 in all. On the second disc are numbers representing the line multiplier to be applied, up to 6X. Clicking on the Stop button for each disc will determine the number of free spins and the multiplier.

During the free spins, the maximum payout times the stake per line value is 40000X. Any payouts over that amount, or unused free spins, will be cancelled. Note that the free spins can be re-triggered indefinitely. Any scatter award achieved during the free spins will award the scatter payout, too.

Another special feature of Pirate Radio is its “Pirate Bonus Round,” which is activated when five of the same Pirate symbol appear on an active payline. In this case, 10 “Bonus Spins” are awarded with all 20 paylines active, regardless of the number of lines being played during the initiating spin. The Pirate Bonus Round can also be triggered during the Free Spins Bonus Round, too, with all wins multiplied by the awarded multiplier value. The Pirate Bonus Round, however, cannot be re-triggered.

Pirate Radio also offers an Autoplay option. The access button is on the right side of the control panel next to the “Start” button. Clicking on it opens an Autoplay screen with several options, including settings for the number of auto spins from 1 to 500, a stop amount for jackpots, a “Fast Spin” function on/off, and the option to either pause or automatically continue when either of the Bonus Round features is awarded.

One other fun aspect of Pirate Radio is its audio enhancements. A squeezebox plays nautical tunes non-stop as the reels spin, including such appropriate tunes as “What shall we do with the drunken sailor” and “Blow the man down,” among others.

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