With a surplus of pirate-themed pokies out there on the net, one would imagine that Quickspin are going to have to pull off something somewhat surprising to make their Pirates Charm game stand out.
Although stereotypical concerning some of its imagery and theme, there can be no doubt that when it comes to the special features in the latest addition to the pirate pokie genre, originality is available in abundance.
Quickspin are known for thinking outside the box, and it is that cleverness which could see their Pirates Charm pokie rise above so many of its mediocre rivals in what many consider to be an extremely tough genre to crack. With ample paylines, a great RTP (return to player) rate and cheap bets, it’s hard to see where the software providers have put a foot wrong here.
How to play it
Like other games from this provider, the standard orange and white wagering menu sits below the 5 reels and can be used to alter total bets, though not lines and coin values. This, of course, makes wagering on this, 243 ways to win pokie a doddle, with stakes rising from just $0.20 per spin to no more than $100 a game.
Mystery Charm symbols: Players will note that there is a distinct lack of wild symbols in this pokie. Instead, the game relies on Mystery Charm symbols and scatters to provide its thrills and spills. These golden gemstone symbols can transform into any other symbols in the game, save for scatters. All instances of them will effectively become the same symbol on the reels. Note that these symbols can randomly appear on the reels too following a spin.
Mystery Charm re-spins: Once Mystery Charm symbols appear on the first, second and third reels at the same time, a Mystery Charm Re-spin bonus is triggered. This can freeze the charms on the reels as a single icon, while a re-spin is granted. Landing more Mystery Charm symbols on the reels prolongs the feature.
Scatter symbols: These pop up as ghostly pirate ships. The icons can trigger a free spin bonus when 3 or more of them appear anywhere on the pokie’s reels during a base game spin.
Free spin bonus: Triggered by landing at least 3 scatters on the reels in any position; the feature offers players a total of 10 free spins. During the bonus, Mystery Charm icons will remain frozen on the screen for the duration of the feature, although you cannot retrigger this bonus round.
The nature of the Mystery Charm icons and the 243 ways to win payline structure ensures that Pirates Charm carries an RTP (return to player) rate of 96.49%, well above the industry standard. As for prizes, the pirate captain is the best-paying icon, delivering wins of around 5x your total bet when 5 appear on a line. The shockingly poor non-progressive jackpot is the only black spot in this pirate-themed pokie.
Leaving aside the fact that the non-progressive jackpot is barely worth getting out of bed for, wins occur frequently enough in this pokie to make it worth a punt. Decent and original, it should do well when held up against similar-themed pirate pokies, on account of its Mystery Charm feature, its dirt cheap stakes and its very agreeable RTP rate.