Every online casino slots game, in its own way, is (duh) just a little bit addictive. Each time you tap the “spin” thingee on your phone, you’re like a rat getting some sugar water. Or something like that. You know what I’m talking about.
This doesn’t make online slots inherently bad; I mean, I can count about 100 things that give me pleasure that I do over and over and over and over again, sometimes to the detriment of my bank account, personal relationships, or body mass index.
The key, of course, is moderation — moderation in all things, a concept first brought to the fore by the Greek poet Hesiod in 700 B.C.
Of course, Hesiod died of a heart attack during one of his regular Monday night cocaine-fueled orgies, so who’s to say. (That’s almost certainly an outright lie, but who can fact check things from nearly 3,000 years ago? I like to think all ancient Greek poets died in cocaine-fueled orgies. Helps me sleep at night.)
Anyway, this intro is gobs better than the “aaaargh, ahoy matey” pirate-themed stuff you normally would get with this slot review, an exclusive from Borgata online casino titled “Cash Falls Pirate Trove” from Light & Wonder.
Yeah, it’s pirate-themed, with skeletons and ships and all that, but what sets this game apart — and what makes it addicting in its own way — is the gameplay. I assume there are other slots out there like this, but I’ve yet to see one in my months on the slot review beat.
This one … this one is fun. Capital-F Fun. I’d walk the plank to play this one. Blindfold me and stick a cigarette in my mouth, you know what I’m saying? And please note I’m unsure if “blindfold and cigarette” is a pirate thing or not, but it doesn’t matter: Blindfold me and stick a cigarette in my mouth, for I’m still thinking about Hesiod’s Monday nights. (Note to editors: Dead men can’t sue.)
Let’s get to it, matey.
The game features a not-great 94% RTP, and spins will run you anywhere from 20 cents to $80 a pop.
But beware: Once you spin, you’re going to want to keep spinning. Why? Because the reels progress.
First off, though, the basics. You can win cash the traditional way, getting three or more like symbols on each reel starting with the first. They don’t even have to be in order. Tops is the skeleton with an eye patch (why a skeleton needs an eye patch, I’ll never know), followed by a pair of dice (“bones,” y’know?) and a telescope to sight up other buccaneers. Then there’s the AKQJ.
Wonderful. But the real fun (reel fun?) is the “cash falls” feature. Here’s how this works, and why the game is so enjoyable: Basically, if you get a cash fall symbol, it will have a multiplier on it, anywhere from .5x to 100x. If you get one, it will lock on the reel for the next three spins. If you get another cash fall symbol, that one will also lock — and you’ll get another three spins. Fill up a reel — and the reels go four deep on the first two reels, six deep on the next two, and eight deep on the last one — and you win the sum total of the multiplier (based on your bet).
So if you bet a buck, and fill up the reel with a 1x, a 2x, a 3x, and 4x, you win $10.
Basically, every time a cash fall symbol appears somewhere — and it happens on probably 80% or so of the spins — you’ll want to keep spinning to see where it takes you. So, yeah: like a rat and some sugar water.
There is also a free spins bonus round — get three bonus symbols anywhere on the reels, and you can win up to 15 free spins. The goal is to get as many cash fall symbols as possible, as they will all add up at the end. If you manage to fill up an entire reel, you get an additional multiplier.
Lastly, there are mini, minor, major, and mega prizes that can show up on the cash fall symbols in lieu of multipliers. They pay out at 20x, 50x, 500x, and 10000x, respectively.
Look and feel
There is no music, outside of if you win, which gets you a little pirate-themed (I guess?) ditty. There are some punctuated sounds that happen when you spin, like little pirate gunshots or something.
Also, if you have one more cash fall hole to fill and you’re on your final spin, that reel turns blue and exciting. Yes. That’s the description: blue and exciting.
Truly, there’s nothing that stands out in the look-and-feel department. Who cares, though, as all you’re looking at are those cash fall symbols.
I played a lot more than I anticipated. Like, for 45 minutes at 20 cents a spin. I lost $10 for my troubles, but was up about $10 at one point. I hit a bonus for $6 and change, and I nailed the eight-symbol cash fall reel for another moderate victory.
Truly, trying to fill up those rows is pretty darn fun. I’ll be back to this game. Ahoy matey and whatever.