Here at Stakers, we know we have a wide variety of punters interested in different types of games. Some of you like three-wheel fruit machines. Some of you like things with seven reels and multiple mini games.
It's all good, but we believe that people should only play slots that they really like. So we give you a sense of whether or not a given game will be for you.
Caribbean Anne looks so complex, and we were itching to really understand it. As we do every week, we played it for two hours and we bet a single credit per spin. Now we reveal to you what we found out so you'll know if it’s the right game for you.
When you start off, you have a five-by-four configuration. Not exactly normal, but not the craziest thing we have ever seen. You then have the playing cards of nine through ace, plus various pirate figures.
As usual, your goal is to get at least three in a row. Off to the right hand side of the board are four progressive jackpots – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. When we played, the bronze jackpot was about 10 credits and the platinum jackpot was about 2,500 credits. Alas, we didn't win any of them.
When you get into the gameplay is when you will notice the first odd thing. Every time Caribbean Anne appears on the board, she'll leave behind the place she was in, covered with a gold outline. That's important. Because every tenth spin, all those spaces will turn to wild cards. Then it resets and starts over.
In normal game play this was really the only way to make money. Getting three of a kind without the wilds was nearly impossible.
Then you have the bonus round. This happens when you get three death ships on reels two, three and four. Suddenly you'll be given seven free spins. These are broken down into three Collection Spins and four Wild spins.
During the collection spins you are trying to get Caribbean Anne to appear on the reels. Then during the wild spins every place Anne was turns into a sticky wild. So get a bunch of her and you can win a fair amount.
But we have to admit that you won't win all that much. On our first time with the free spins, we won 5.75 credits. That's not really that much on free spins – and it took us over an hour to get them.
Other games pay out a lot better on free spins than this game does. In fact, our experience was we got better pay outs on every 10th spin than we got from the free spins.
This is the first game we've ever played where we can say that.
Overall we found this a very high variance game. Obviously what you want to do is try to chase those jackpots. But getting them isn't going to be easy. And the free spins don't pay off a lot.
We are sure there are people out there who love the highest variance games possible. This is it for them – easily the highest variance game we have every played.
For the average punter though this game is going to be too complex and take too long to win.
We give Caribbean Anne 3 out of 5 stars. If they'd let the free spins pay off better, we would have given it 5 stars. But the disappointment of the low payoff from the free spins just brought us down.