There be treasure in this here slot machine by Inspired Gaming, that is if you spin the 5 reels right and line up the many symbols over the game's 20 paylines. Treasure Island is a new online release from the veteran land-based game-maker, offering players with a chance to experience some visually impressive design work and some feature-rich gameplay.
In fact, there are two bonus side games to break up the spinning action as well as a progressive jackpot round for some big potential treasure bounty! That's more excitement than you could shake a parrot at!
Hoist the mainsail and scuttle the jib (whatever that means) and prepare to spin up some bright and colourful pirate themed spins. Treasure Island takes its name after the classic adventure novel by R. L. Stevenson, a tall tale of “buccaneers and buried gold” which takes place in the unlawful seas of the Caribbean.
Essentially, this was the book that shaped our modern perceptions of what a pirate is and, as such, this slot machine does its best to present all of the classic pirate stereotypes upon the reels with symbols crossed swords, parrots, treasure chests, cannons and a big bearded pirate character with a Jolly Rodger embellished tricorne hat and customary eye-patch.
There is also a golden doubloon icon, which was the prized possession of any seafaring miscreant. For us spinners, this golden icon is also fairly worthwhile since it will act as the slot machine's wild symbol to complete win lines during the base game.
There are three symbols that won't be substituted by that golden doubloon wild symbol – the treasure chest, the cannon and the pirate himself. That is because this trio of symbols act as bonus triggering scatters, appearing on the reels in random positions to activate special side games and extra features.
The first of these side games is the “Treasure Chest Bonus” and, as you can probably guess, this is initiated whenever three or more treasure chest symbols appear in any position on the reels. This game is a simple pick 'em style bonus round in which punters have to pick one of three treasure chests to reveal a multiplier prize in relation to the total stake that was placed on the qualifying spin. The total stake multipliers on offer in the bonus game range from 12x to 400x.
If spinners find three scattered cannon symbols on the reels, they will start the “Cannon Bonus”. This will take players to a special treasure map game screen, where they must press the “Start” button to determine how many steps are taken along the trail of increasingly growing total bet multipliers. Players can keep on moving up the trail until they stumble upon a skull and cross bones symbol or they reach the 500x total stake multiplier jackpot.
Last, but definitely not least, is the “Progressive Pirate Treasure Jackpot” round. This bonus feature occurs on a much rarer frequency than the others because it takes 5 scattered pirate icons to activate. However, if spinners are lucky enough to play this bonus game, they will be in with a chance to take home the ever-growing progressive jackpot treasure!
The trick to being a successful spin-pirate is to swindle those doubloons at every opportunity because, let's face it, you're never going to win those big jackpots with every spin. In fact, players of Treasure Island are likely to line up many smaller wins from the base game which will apply line bet multipliers in accordance to the size of the stakes on each active line.
Punters can choose to play with 1 to 20 paylines with line wagers that range from 0.01 to 20 credits. Therefore, there is plenty of scope for casual spinners to play it safe while high-rollers can play with total stakes of up to 400 credits per spin. Check out the paytable below to see the line bet multipliers that lie in store for you in this buccaneering slot machine:
There are loads of pirate themed games out there in the vast ocean of online slot machines. But how does this game fare? Well, visually, this effort by Inspired Gaming is adequately well designed with plenty of stereotypical pirate symbols and golden embellishments. However, the most attractive quality of the game is the winning potential. Because, with three bonus games and the chance to win a progressive jackpot, there is every reason to set sail on the 5 reels in search of treasure and glory.