|Software:||Play ‘n GO|
|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Bet Levels:||0.20 - 100|
Jolly Roger 2 is one of Play’n GO’s most recent creations. It’s a 5-reel video slot with a pirate theme, and takes place on a pirate ship voyaging through the high seas. The game is chock-full of features, has a medium volatility, and incorporates an epic soundtrack – all the characteristics that make for a pretty powerful game.
The video slot adopts the same title as the original Jolly Roger game, released by Play’n GO in 2012, but there aren’t many similarities in gameplay between these two games. Jolly Roger 2 offers 20 paylines and plays out over a classic 5 x 3 reel set. The bets start at 0.20 and increase to a maximum of 100.
Symbols and Payouts
Jolly Roger 2 incorporates 9 regular symbols, a wild symbol, and a scatter. The regular symbols are made up of 5 traditional royals at the lower end of the pay table, and 4 premium symbols at the high end. A player must land at least 3 matching symbols to strike a winning combination.
The 10, J, Q, K, and Ace symbols pay from 1x up to 2.5x the bet. Premium symbols are represented by skull rings, skull crosses, diamonds, and treasure chests, and they pay between 5x and 10x the stake. The wild symbol substitutes for all symbols, and pays out the same as the treasure chest – the highest paying symbol in the game.
The video slot has a RTP, or return to player, of 96.2% and offers a maximum exposure of 5000x the stake. This gives players a chance to win up to 500,000 on a single spin when playing the maximum bet.
The base game has a special feature called the Compass feature. It’s a compass located at the top of the screen that spins simultaneously with the reels. The compass can award random multipliers, up to 10x the bet, at any time. The Compass feature carries over to the bonus games as well.
When 3 scatter symbols appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 the Bonus Quest feature begins. The player must pick scrolls to reveal their contents. Once 3 matching scrolls have been revealed, the bonus game relating to the matching symbols is triggered. There are 4 possible bonus games which can be awarded: Treasure Hunt, Bottle of Rum, Instant Prizes, and Battle Free Spins.
Treasure Hunt is a free spins bonus that comprises 10 spins. The free spins are jam-packed with additional features such as symbol upgrades, wilds, and extra multipliers. Players can level up during the free spins by landing maps on the reels. Each time the level is upgraded, the game awards additional free spins and bonus features that increase the chances of striking winning combinations exponentially. There are a total of 7 levels that can be achieved, and some incredible wins to be made during the Treasure Hunt bonus.
The Bottle of Rum bonus game awards one free spin. When the spin is over, a bottle of rum appears at the base of each reel. Players must select bottles until a poisoned bottle is revealed. When this happens, all the bottles that were not poisoned turn their reels into wild reels, resulting in some great wins.
The Instant Prizes bonus is pretty straight forward. The game awards random prizes ranging from 2x to 20x the value of the bet. The Compass feature is also in play so the value of the instant prize can go as high as 200x the bet.
Last, but definitely not least, the Battle Free Spins bonus is probably the highlight of the game. Players begin the bonus feature with 3 lives but more can be added. During the feature, the player’s pirate ship battles other ships on a one-on-one basis. The opposing ship could be a Privateer, British, Portuguese, or Dutch ship. The type of ship that is defeated determines the additional features and bonuses that a player receives:
- Defeating a Privateer ship is rewarded with an extra life, plus one spin with a stacked wild reel and the compass feature.
- Defeating a British ship upgrades all the premium symbols to treasure chests.
- Defeating a Portuguese ship swaps all the instances of two randomly selected symbols for wild symbols.
- Defeating a Dutch ship morphs three adjacent reels into 1 large reel that displays a single symbol.
If the player’s ship loses the battle a life is removed, but the player is still awarded a free spin with a stacked wild reel.
Verdict: Jolly Roger 2
As you can probably gather from the bonus features, Jolly Roger 2 is quite a complex and intense game. There are many elements to wrap your head around, but it can be exciting getting there. Players that are familiar with Play’n GO’s 2019 release, Divine Showdown, will instantly get the hang of Jolly Roger 2. For other players, it may take a bit longer.
Regardless, this is an epic video slot with an entertaining learning curve. The game is due to be released in August this year, and will be available on desktop, tablet, and mobile. The game’s medium variance should provide players with some decent play time while they learn the ropes.