Land ho! Join this swarthy pirate on his big sea adventure that promises exciting features - if you have the bankroll

Each and every week at Stakers, we take a look at one game a week and review it to see if you'll like it. This week we decided to check out Red Tiger's Pirates Plenty – Battle for Gold. 

We picked this game because it advertised what looked like interesting features that we wanted to check out. Like every week, we bet one credit per spin and played for two hours.

When you first get to the playing screen, you'll notice that it is laid out in a traditional five by three configuration. (But, it will not always be like this – more details later.) 

On the left-hand side of the screen are the daily jackpot and the general jackpot that you see with all Red Tiger games that we have in our collection. On the day we played, the daily jackpot was considerably higher than the normal jackpot. We didn't win either one.

The icons are spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs plus general pirate stuff. Get three in a row and you'll win – the standard style of slot games.

Every so often during normal play, a monkey will descend onto the screen, get rid of all the spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs, and cause the remaining symbols to cascade down. The rest of the spaces filled in. Usually, he gives two or three times multiplier.

But look at the top of the screen. This is what you are going for. You'll notice a ship sitting on a map. As you play, every so often, pieces of the map will come upon the reels. You'll then move your boat forward one space for each piece of map you get.

When you get to the end of the map, your game will now have four rows instead of three to play with. And you'll keep this for the rest of your time playing!

Plus, now you'll finally get wilds – and usually they will have a multiplier attached to them. This is when you really start playing the game. We should note, however, that it cost us 207 credits to get to this real part of the game. So come in with a big bankroll.

In addition – and this only happened to us once in two hours of play – if you get three of the Battle Play scatters, you'll be rewarded with nine free spins. There will be bombs on the board that explode and turn into wilds. This is where you can win your big money. But to be honest, we were more than 400 credits down, and only won a little over 200 credits. So we are not sure if it is a good investment to chase this.

All in all, we found Pirates Plenty – Battle for Gold to be a very, very high variance game. We had to invest a lot of money to get the features to come out.

Once we got that extra row our winnings did start to come more often and become bigger. So when you go into play make sure you have enough of a bankroll to activate the real part of the game.

We give this game five out of five stars – but only for people who can afford to get to the good stuff. You know who you are. If you are just a casual player this game is not for you.

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