I'm glad I stuck with the game for a while though because I soon found it to be a fun machine and more importantly one that really seems to like paying out lots of small wins extremely frequently. It's not a high variance monster like so many games I tend to play but it's certainly no bankroll drainer either and I found myself constantly making my way back up over my starting balance over and over again even when it really did look like I was about to go bust. I guess you could say it was all a bit suspicious in some ways, I don't buy the whole "slots are rigged" theory though so I'll stick with the thought that I was just particularly lucky on this day!
There's not much to get excited about during the base game though, assuming you are playing all the lines the biggest prize on offer is just 25x your stake for a full line of the pirate wilds, although it is likely you would win on many other paylines on the same spin if you did catch five wilds. As ever you'll be praying for the scatters to land, and should that happpen with a decent sized bet my experience has been you are almost guaranteed a decent return, at least 50x your stake and more likely around double that most of the time. Try not to go broke before you get the bonus then, would be the moral of the story!
That's easier said than done though as there's no way of predicting what will happen when you play this or any other slot game. When you do catch the scatter symbols though you have the choice to pick from a number of coins which can award additional free spins, add extra wilds to the reels or add special bonus symbols for the duration of the free spins. Each of these approaches has their advantages although I had the most success concentrating my picks on adding additional wilds to the reels. The bonus symbols are a neat touch and award a fixed prize whenever they land during the free spins and you usually get a couple of them on every single free spin making them worth at least 20x your stake, maybe much more if you concentrate all your picks on them.
This game could certainly look a little better, it lacks the professionalism of many games from the larger more well known slots providers but on the other hand it's not often I find a game in the low-medium variance category that really catches my attention and the payout ratio of this one really does feel spot on to me. I'm looking forward to playing this game some more in the coming weeks, see if I can force a big profit from a low variance game for a change!