Game Provider: RTG
Type: Video Slot
Most people who read our reviews and play slots will have come across plenty of stories about pirates and treasure islands over the years, especially growing up. They have been told in various ways, with books, films, TV shows and video games the most popular formats. RTG are one of several development teams bringing the idea to life as a slot, and we couldn’t be more excited about what they have in store for us.
Goldbeard does see RTG go back to their traditional slot game setup of five reels, three rows and twenty paylines. We often get fed up with saying it, but it’s always important information to have before deciding whether to spin the reels of a game or not. Again, we will add that it’s different elements that will make or break a slot. The game’s theme and design at first viewing look brilliant, so this could Goldbeard’s selling point. We do expect RTG to bring bonus icons and free spins into play, too.
Design & Theme
It won’t take a genius to figure out that Goldbeard is a game about pirates and treasure. It’s an excellent theme as it delivers a healthy dose of nostalgia, rolling back the years for many who are at the controls hitting spin. The theme and what RTG aim to achieve comes through thanks to the design, which is cartoony and colourful.
The game’s surround is of an island flanked by palm trees and features a treasure chest while being sandy underfoot. You get the same sort of feel on the reels, with treasure chests, cannons, gold coins, and more all appearing as icons. Everything blends well, and that’s a plus for us.
It’s the standard approach by RTG when it comes to the features in Goldbeard – wild, scatter and free spins. Goldbeard is the wild to watch out for, appearing on reels one and five. Will it substitute for the scatter? No. But it will replace other regular icons.
Coins are the scatter, but they will not get a punter the free spins they are looking for when spinning the reels for the first time in forever. Instead, it’s the wild icon appearing on reels 1 and 5 that will trigger the bonus round, and the spins are re-triggerable, too.
If you are spinning the reels of this game, you can start betting at 20c per spin. The maximum stake per round is $100. Therefore, this is a title that suits casual players as well as high-rollers.
The scatter won’t get a punter free spins, but it provides wins multiplied by the bet in play when it appears on the reels. So, if you’re using the maximum stake, you could pick up a massive prize.
The wild icon appears on two out of the five reels, so it cannot pay directly. However, the wins it is involved in will double, which is excellent.
If you are playing through some free spins in Goldbeard and want to add more to your total, the wild icons must appear on reels 1 and 5.