Adventures of Captain Blackjack

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Adventures of Captain Blackjack slot

Adventures of Captain Blackjack: Slot Overview

Like kilts in Braveheart or the Converse sneakers in Marie Antoinette, if anachronisms in films get your goat up, maybe give Adventures of Captain Blackjack from Just For The Win a miss. The reason is that while swashbuckling in the Caribbean peaked around the 17th and 18th centuries, Blackjack, the card game, wasn’t known as such until much later. There is an unconfirmed theory of Romans inventing the game, and there are precursors such as Vingt-Un, or the Spanish version Veintiuna. However, Blackjack is said to have kicked off in 1931 in Nevada – the year gambling was legalised in the United States. Then again, history is a contestable topic, especially online, so let’s let Captain Blackjack slide for now and see where his adventure takes us.

It starts in a watery, seaside location, a bit like the towery mountains of St Lucia, where a wooden portside settlement has been established. A dash of adventure is supplied by an alluring lady pirate, dangling precariously on a rope to the left side of the 5×3, 20-payline game grid. On the opposite side of the screen are four fixed jackpots, the values represented as multiples of the current stake. Tentacles, chests, and wheels sit at the top of a screen that has a very Just For The Win feel to it – graphically and in terms of all the extra bits that have been crammed in.

Playable from 20 p/c to £/€50 per spin, JFTW rates the volatility as ‘Very High‘ with regular wins occurring at a rate of around 1 in 4 spins (23%), with free spins and the Kraken Wheel capable of serving up sizeable wins. The game comes in several RTP types, the greatest value being 96.18%, though remaining stats remain more or less the same, no matter the theoretical return.

One way of collecting treasure on this voyage is when three or more matching symbols hit left to right from the first reel on the grid. From the lowest value to the best, we find bottles, bombs, swords, pistols, and four piraty character symbols. The most value is the Captain Blackjack character paying 20x the bet for five of a kind. This drops to 5-12.5x for the other three people and 2.5-4x for the other four objects. Wilds land on any reels, replacing any of the other normal pay symbols. Lines of wilds have the same value as the Captain symbol.

Adventures of Captain Blackjack: Slot Features

Adventures of Captain Blackjack slot

Adventures of Captain Blackjack comes with two features where larger wins may be uncovered. These are from the Kraken Wheel and free spins.

Kraken Wheel

Whenever Kraken Coins appear on the reels, there is a chance players win a spin on the Kraken Wheel. When it triggers, players are guaranteed to win either the Mini, Minor, Major, or Mega prize, which are worth 15x, 40x, 250x, or 5,000x the bet, respectively. The wheel is divided into different segments and wherever it stops is the prize awarded. The Kraken Wheel cannot be triggered from free spins, only the base game.

Free Spins

Skull and crossbones symbols are the scatter and landing at least three awards 6 free spins. In addition, 3, 4, or 5 scatters in view gives players 3, 4, or 5 bonus feature picks, respectively. Picks take place on a screen that displays 9 closed chests. Each contains a bonus feature, such as:

  • Extra spins – 3, 4, 5, 6, or 9 additional free spins.
  • Multiplier – +1, +2, or +3 is added to the win multiplier.
  • A mid symbol is upgraded to a wild symbol.
  • A low symbol is upgraded to a mid-symbol.

Free spins start with a win multiplier of x1 (or higher due to picks), and landing 2, 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols awards 1, 2, 3, or 4 additional feature picks. If all 16 features have been awarded, only extra free spins can be won from then on.

Adventures of Captain Blackjack: Slot Verdict

While we’re in a historical mood, did you know in earlier forms of Blackjack, participants were paid out ten to one for landing the black Jack of Spades or Jack of Clubs plus an Ace of Spades? Any player familiar with the modern form of Blackjack will be aware that this rule has been scratched. A similar feeling of familiarity permeates Adventures of Captain Blackjack, which has a look and gameplay vaguely reminiscent of a number of previous JFTW releases. Not in a copying way, but a similar feel and spirit are aroused as in others they’ve done.

On the subject of gameplay, Adventures of Captain Blackjack is pretty standard stuff. The Kraken Coin collection leading to possible Kraken Wheel spins adds interest to an otherwise humdrum base game. Despite theoretically being able to win more from free spins, the Kraken Wheel’s top prize felt more achievable. The modest number of paylines and symbol values didn’t exactly create major levels of optimism. Sure, there’s the win multiplier bonus feature, if you can collect them from the feature pick section, though the value maxes out at x7, which is handy but still leaves players with plenty of work to do. Still, potential in free spins is technically decent, capped at 5,000x the bet or £/€250,000, presumably whichever comes first.

All up, Adventures of Captain Blackjack was an okay game that feels like a fairly standard Just For The Win release. It’s got the decent looks, sounds, and features we’re used to from the studio, without being particularly noteworthy in any category. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; just pointing out that Adventures of Captain Blackjack isn’t Just For The Win’s way of starting off the year with a bang; but rather sees the studio easing themselves into it instead.

Good

Adventurous-ish, but there won’t be a lot in Adventures of Captain Blackjack you haven’t seen on other, previous escapades.

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