This jolly pirate themed slot is a Net Ent design. The jaunty soundtrack immediately tells you that these are going to be pantomime pirates rather than evil looting and pillaging types, and sure enough the cartoon images give a smiling, hapless impression, as if they may be related to the utterly inept burglars from Home Alone. The reels run before a theatre style impression of moving waves, while the piratesí galleon is a model held aloft by some unseen stage assistantís hand. The reel characters are the dodgy pirates themselves, complete with rubber ducks and goofy teeth to emphasise their harmless boo-hiss style dastardliness. These are supplemented by a few high playing card values. The whole game is charming, and the clear, colourful and well rendered reel characters and symbols make this an ideal game for playing on the go on a smaller device. The symbols are clearly visible on even the most compact display screen, making this a good choice for play on everything from the smallest smartphone through to the largest desktop monitor. So is it time to discover how this game is in action? Oh yes it is!
You can play this title with as little as just 20p per spin, but more daring options are certainly available, as you can stake anything up to £200 per spin if you wish. The Wild symbol is the Captain Hook, who can appear anywhere on your reels, substituting for all the other symbols apart from the Scatter. The Scatter symbol is a pantomime pirate in a crocodile suit. Get two of these anywhere on your reels to trigger a free spin, with one of the three Special Feature Free Spin formats awarded randomly (see below for details). Get three Scatter symbols anywhere on your reels and you get to choose which format you prefer! The top paying line win awards you 900 x your original stake.
The special Free Spin rounds are awarded randomly if you get two scatter symbols anywhere on your reels. One free go is your reward for this. But get three Scatters, and you get loads more free goes, and you even get to choose your favoured format.
In the Fairy Feature, you get 7 free spins. During these, a delightful fairy arrives, suspended from a rope in the ceiling to award you a random selection of free Wilds. You will get between two and five of these overlay Wilds on every spin, so you should be able to build up some really tasty wins.
Meanwhile, in the Mermaid Feature, you are awarded ten free spins, with all prizes doubled during the feature. That is unless you get one or more Wilds as part of a winning combination, in which case your prizes are quadrupled!
Finally, on the Pirate Feature you get a massive fifteen free spins. Not only that, but you do not even need to achieve any winning lines to achieve a prize. Just get three or more of the same symbols anywhere on your reels to claim your reward.
This is great fun to play, with lots of variety and excitement. The trio of alternative Free Spin formats certainly add to the entertainment, and they help to keep the game fresh as there is always something different happening. Oh no there isnít. Oh yes there is! The Return to Player rate (RTP) for Hookís Heroes is over 96%.