The Barbary Coast no longer exists but was once the stomping ground for the pirates that pillaged the North West African coastline. Given the stories and hearsay of atrocities from that time it seems like an odd choice of name for a video slot is 2018, but pirates are cool these days and Betsoft have done a cracking job with the theme. The question now is, does it pay nicely?
Barbary Coast is presented over a 5x3 setup with a generous 30 paylines. An intro in the style of a Hollywood trailer whets your appetite, with the reels that follow set on the deck of a pirate ship. Cannons, gunpowder, rum barrels and lanterns adorn the backdrop; some of these graphics double as control and spin buttons with funky animations, and we really like that.
Ooh arrrh, we got our stereotypre ‘ere
The theme includes a girl, skull and crossed swords, a treasure chest and gold coins; a pistol, compass, map, rum barrel and cannon are also symbols on the reels. You won’t find a wild here, but you will find bonus symbols that appear: a parrot, cannon, Ben Sawyer (the hero), Captain Blackbeard and a worker.
Parrot Free Spins - Triggered by landing three or more of the parrot scatter symbols anywhere in view; you will now receive the determined number of free spins, but unfortunately you can’t retrigger any more spins or any other feature from here.
Cannon Wild - When the cannon symbol lands on the centre reel the worker will walk along the bottom of the reels and fire a cannon, turning that reel completely wild for one extra spin.
Trigger this by landing three or more of the Ben Sawyer scatter symbols anywhere in view; just click the symbols in turn and Ben will swing across the reels to collect instant credit prizes.
Fight Bonus - Triggered by landing three or more of the Blackbeard symbols on an active payline; initially you will be asked to select the order of three sword fighting moves – slash, parry and thrust. The fight with Blackbeard will now play out and you will receive credits per successful hit and an extra prize if you win the fight and rescue the girl.
Grog Challenge - Activated by landing three or more of the worker symbols on an active payline; you now get to play a ‘heads or tails’ game in which the lower has to drink some grog – the loser is the first player to drink three drinks and wins are shared money accordingly.
*Based on descriptions from Betsoft’s media pack
Barbary Coast video slot is super immersive, with stunning graphics and way too much attention to detail for a simple slot machine - but the very reason that we love this slot is that it’s eccentric, wasteful and unnecessary. Bonus features trigger at a decent frequency and when it pays it tends not to hold back. A quality games for quality obsessed players – like us.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring