I like a good laugh, I like a good prank, I like a good pirate.
Put those together, and one of my favorite YouTube videos of all time is when Johnny Depp went to Disneyland and replaced the animatronic Capt. Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride with … himself.
It’s a pleasure. Enjoy.
Anyway, who doesn’t like a good pirate adventure?
Which brings us to the Borgata online casino and its exclusive slot, High Seas Jackpots, a pirate-themed 5×3 slot that … well, that has the look and feel of many slot games you’ve played before, but is still a fun little diversion when navigating through choppy waters of the NJ casino apps.
So … ahoy, and avast ye! Might as well batten down the hatches while you’re at it, ya grog blossom.
The game — courtesy of Greentube, with a not-great 95.19% return to player — is standard in the general way: Spin the wheel, try to get three or more items in a row, win a prize.
You can spin for as little as 20 cents, and as much as $200.
Sevens are the best: Get five of them lined up, you can win 35x your bet (three nets you 3x). Bells are the next best, paying 20x if you get five in a row.
After that, in descending order, it’s watermelons, grapes, plums, oranges, lemons, and cherries paying out less and less.
Clearly, no need to worry about scurvy on this here ship, matey.
Also, there are wilds, in the form of the standard sexy lady variety. She’s a buxom pirate this time, who can appear on reels 2, 3, or 4 and will expand to replace all symbols except the treasure chest and the skeleton coins.
Speaking of treasure chests and skeleton coins …
Get three or more treasure chests, you get five free games plus up to 20x on your original spin.
During free games, a giant treasure chest yields three more free games, and a giant skeleton coin triggers the High Seas Jackpots feature.
As for those skeleton coins? Get five or more on any one spin, and you get into the bonus round, where you win the amount on each skeleton coin. You get to spin three times, and each time you get another coin, you get three more spins. There is also a mini, minor, major, and grand jackpot, which is awarded if you fill up the screen with coins.
Look and feel
For starters, you have to play this game on landscape mode if you’re on your mobile device. Not a big deal, but if you hold your phone for 12 hours a day like yours truly, it’s just not natural to flip it around.
The music is pirate-y. Honestly, it sounds a little bit like the Depp clip from above. A little haunting, a little propulsive. It’s also interrupted every few spins by a loud clink-clunk whenever a treasure chest pops up on the screen.
Despite the high seas pirate theme, there’s not a lot of high seas pirating going on. A little more pirate, a little less fruit, and I think everyone would be satisfied.
Also: When you get three coins on the first reel or two, the reels slow down, the music picks up in anticipation of getting two more coins to hit the bonus.
Well, it had been a while since I logged on to the Borgata casino, so as a “welcome back” bonus, I found $5 sitting in my account.
I immediately started spinning.
There were a lot of empty spins, interspersed with a few lemons here and there.
And then … I hit the coin bonus, cashing out a $7.20 “mega win” on my 20-cent spin.
At that point, I walked away with $10 and change in my bonus drawer. (I only need to wager another $122.20 to release the winnings! Yay!)
Overall, the slot is … OK. Nothing you haven’t seen before, but if you’re in the mood for some pirate-themed entertainment, it’s this or Johnny Depp. Choose wisely, ya bucko!