Treasure Island

Published: 02/06/2013

Today’s most common views of seafaring pirates have come from a single novel written by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson in 1883—“Treasure Island.” It is a tale of sword-wielding buccaneers and buried gold, secret treasure maps, tropical islands and one-legged seamen carrying parrots on their shoulders. As one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels, it’s been portrayed in silent films in 1918 and 1920, with sound in 1934, adapted by Walt Disney in 1950, remade with Orson Welles in1972 and most recently filmed as a two-part mini-series for Sky1 in the U.K. in 2012.

The 5-reel, 20-payline slot called “Treasure Island” captures the action and excitement of Stevenson’s adventure story and brings it to the Internet. The game was developed by Inspired Gaming for access via major online casinos such as Bet365 and SkyBet, where it can be found in the progressive slots category, offering a special “Pirate’s Treasure” jackpot.

The game of Treasure Island begins with the player selecting an amount for wagering. This is accomplished by using the “Stake/Line” +/- arrows below the first reel. Available wagers range from £0.01 to £20.00. From 1 to 20 paylines can be selected, too, by using the “Lines” +/- arrows below the first reel. With all 20 lines activated, the maximum possible total stake is £400.

The basic symbols on the reels on Treasure Island are the common card symbols, Tens through Aces. Catching three or more of them on an active payline from left to right is worth a line bet multiplier of from 5X to 300X. Higher awards are paid for aligning three or more matching symbols for the Cutlasses, Parrot or Treasure Island Logo, from 20X to 500X. The wild symbol on the reels is the Gold Coin icon, which substitutes for all of the above symbols.

Three different scatter symbols can be found on all five reels, and they provide access to the game’s Special Bonus Features. Whenever three or more of the Treasure Chest scatter symbols appear in any positions, they trigger the “treasure Chest Bonus.” A second screen is displayed with three Treasure Chests to choose from. Each one contains a hidden Bonus Multiplier to be applied to the entire triggering stake in addition to any line wins. The amount of the prize is proportional to the Total Stake.

The Cannon Bonus is activated whenever three or more Cannon symbols appear in any position on the reels. A second screen opens showing a large Treasure Map with trails made up of Total Stake Bonus Multipliers. The player must press “Start” to fire the cannon and determine the number of steps up to move up the trail. Continue firing the cannon and moving along the trail until a “Collect” cannonball is fired or the top of the trail is reached for the maximum Bonus Multiplier.

One other scatter symbol on the reels is the Pirate, who resembles bearded Captain Long John Silver with his black eye patch and a hook in place of his left hand. Whenever five of the Pirate icons show up anywhere on the reels, the progressive Pirate’s Treasure jackpot is won, the value of which can be seen in the upper right corner of the game display. Note that a minimum Total Stake of £1 or higher must be played in order to qualify for and win the progressive jackpot.

Among other functions available on Treasure Island, the red Auto Play button beneath the fifth reel can be used to select 5, 10, 25 or 50 automatic spins. On/off toggles for “Sound” and “Quality” can be found under the Options menu on the Tool Bar at the top of the screen.

Published on: 02/06/2013

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