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Ice Pirates slot review

Added by Endorphina. Information last updated: 01/07/2020

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Tester rating:

3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Endorphina

Release date:06/2014

RTP:96%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 1000

Mobile version:No

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Highlights

Freespins

Multiplier

Wilds

Scatter symbols

Max. win

Themes

Sea & shore

Adventure & action

Nature & animals

Winter

3D

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RTP (Return to player):
96%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 1000

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
0
Endorphina score (compared to other slots of supplier)
4
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

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Ice Pirates takes the classical pirates and instead of having them sail the tropical seas of the West-Indies, they roam the icy waters of Antartica! This game features Free Spins, Wilds and Multipliers to help its players.

To start with, I’ll offer a warning that the game is currently no longer playable. This isn’t due to the game being taken out of the rotation but rather that the game is only available through Flash. Since Flash has been decommissioned, it’s no longer feasibly possible to play Ice Pirates until it is transferred to HTML5. While it’s technically still possible to use Flash on your computer it’s highly recommended you don’t do this, as it is no longer updated and any security gaps will not be fixed.

Ice Pirates was developed by Endorphina and released in 2014, making it one of the older slots by this studio. The game looks rather odd, with the design of the characters being especially jarring. The girl has a small face and giant hair, while the lead pirate is seemingly malformed and the bearded pirate looks halfway in between normal and a cartoon. The whole style felt really off to me, but it did give it its own appeal.

When it comes to the 5-reel, 3-row playing field it’s mostly filled with generic card symbols. These are drawn to look like they’re cut out of ice to fit the theme but they are still simple card letters. The high-paying symbols are the different characters as well as a few items you might find on a ship used by ice pirates.

The sound design is on par with other Endorphina slots from the time, meaning there are some generic sounds that play whenever the spins are started or when there’s a win. These don’t fit the theme at all. Only occasionally do you hear anything that sounds like ice or snow.

Symbols

The symbols in Ice Pirates are drawn to look rather cartoony but as I mentioned before, the style is seemingly all over the place. The female pirate looks like it was rendered in 3D while the other two resemble hand-drawn art. The style is also completely different, which makes it look rather jarring.

The other symbols, both the different objects and the card letters, look a little better. It seems that the artist just wasn’t that great at drawing people. There are some animations when the symbols fall on one of the 10 paylines, but these are brief and mostly involve some simple movements. Still, I appreciate the effort and all the symbols are animated.

Features

Even though the game is getting older, the features help it stay relevant a bit better than the graphics do. Where the gameplay is largely pretty standard it also offers enough excitement to keep the player engaged.

The features include:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols except the Scatter symbol.
  • Free Spins: 3 or more Scatter Symbols activate the free spins mode.
  • Multiplier: During the Free Spins mode, there is a multiplier applied to all wins.

Obviously, most players will already be familiar with these features and won’t need much explaining. They work almost exactly like they do in all other slots, especially in the various Endorphina slots that were released around the same time.

The main feature is the Wilds, which appeared semi-regularly during my time playing the game. The slot has a Medium Volatility which fit my experience rather well. Wins aren’t that common but when they do trigger they’re big enough to make back a number of spins. As I played, my funds stayed relatively stable. I can’t say it was terribly exciting gameplay though, with just a series of spins that were sometimes enhanced by the Wilds.

The Free Spins mode was a lot less common but occasionally turned out pretty well. It triggers when the player gets at least 3 scatter symbols on the screen. Once this happens, the player receives a number of free spins to play with.

I would advise players to mitigate their risk somewhat as they get started to get a feel of the game. They can do this by choosing a bet between $0.10 and $100 per spin, making the game more or less volatile as they go.

All in all, the features are simple but effective. They don’t change the core gameplay too much but the way it plays stays consistently good. Don’t expect any big wins, with the max. win of 1,000x your bet not the highest jackpot, but it’s still a nice incentive.

In Conclusion

Ice Pirates is an early Endorphina slot that resembles the other games that were released around the same time a lot. The game includes some simple features that do exactly what you expect them to do. This slot is perfect for beginning players as it introduces these features without making things complicated.

If you’re a more experienced player, or you played Ice Pirates when it was first released, you might find it a bit outdated. The graphics definitely did not keep up with what is more commonly available now and the few features might be a little too sparse. If you enjoy something with a bit more engagement, Ice Pirates might not be the game for you.

Still, I had a good time playing this game and it does what it has to do. Over time my funds stayed relatively stable. Even if I didn’t make a profit, my coins did give me a lot of playtime so it’s a great game for people that want to play a slot to pass the time.

Overall rating:

3

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 1000

    Min. bet:C$0.1

    Max. bet:C$100

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    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:10

    Min. lines:1

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    Wilds

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    Languages

    You can play Ice Pirates in English

    Currencies

    Ice Pirates supports GBP, EUR

    Stats

    Release date 06/2014
    53rd newest on Endorphina 1,939th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96% 0.14% > average
    The highest on Endorphina 1,273rd highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 1000 x your bet
    41st highest on Endorphina 1,361st highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 10 50% < average
    35th highest on Endorphina 1,553rd highest on Bojoko
    Min bet C$0.1 per spin
    56th lowest on Endorphina 481st lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet C$100 per spin
    35th highest on Endorphina 655th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Endorphina 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    I've been playing videoslots for almost 10 years and been a professional reviewer for over 5. I look at slots not just as a writer but also as a player, hoping to help others find their perfect slot.

    I also enjoy movies, books and travel so any slots with those topics usually have my preference. But in general I'll play everything!

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    Game supplier:Endorphina

    Release date:06/2014

    RTP (Return to player):96%

    Max. win:bet x 1000

    Mobile version:No

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3

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