As pirates are associated with freedom, adventure and gambling, pirate-themed slot machines are not something uncommon even for Las Vegas casinos, not to mention online slot games. On the other hand, Oriental-themed slot games also enjoy huge popularity nowadays. Yet, to date only Skywind Group have made a decent game that combines both themes – the Pirate Empress slot game. Contrary to the pirates of the Caribbean sea that enjoy huge popularity all around the globe, Asian pirates are somewhat less known.
Still this is a very interesting theme, as the Pirate Queen Ching Shih (known as “Madame Cheng”) was one of the luckiest pirates in history. No wonder that her image lies in the basis of the Pirate Empress style.
Gameplay and Prizes
As this game is about freedom, no download and even no registration are needed in order to play it. So it seems that pirating in Oriental seas is still profitable today, as the Jackpot in this game is 44,440 Euros.
The game is played by spinning 5×3 reels. As this game is one of the few slot machines that implement the “All pay” system, there are as much as 243 possible winning lines, as symbols from left to the right are counted towards winning combination despite their vertical position.
There is the autoplay feature in Pirate Empress, yet it has no variable options, so you can just turn it on and off. There is also the turbo mode that makes the gameplay faster by increasing the speed of animations. The paying symbols of Pirate Empress include a deck or poker cards from Nines to Kings, a pirate with a stopwatch, a pirate with a looking glass, a pirate with a sword, a pirate with a treasure chest and a white tiger.
It is interesting that almost all bet multipliers for combinations include number 8 (so they are like 8xBet for 3 Queens or 88xBet for 4 white tigers). This is due to the fact that the number 8 is a symbol of prosperity in China. When any winning combination is collected, unique and spectacular animations are played for all the symbols that participate in it.
Features and Bonuses
There is a wild symbol in Pirate Empress that is drawn to represent Madame Cheng and can replace any paying symbol (except scatters). The wild card can appear only on reels number two, three and four. In addition, there are two scatter symbols in the game – Madame Cheng Black Flag who just pays in the number of 3, 4 or 5 and Golden Ship that not only pays, but also triggers special bonus games.
An interesting feature of Pirate Empress is the fact that the player can select the type of a bonus game, triggered by scatters. There are 6 types of these games, which differ in the number of free spins and the value of a multiplier that is applied to all wins that include the wild symbol.