The Goldbeard slots game is a 5-reel, 3-row video slot game designed by Real Time Gaming, one of the leading online slot game vendors in the world. The game features 20 pay lines, a free spins bonus, and a random progressive jackpot. All prizes are awarded from left to right on the 20 pay lines, which must be active in order to pay a prize. Only one prize per pay line is awarded for any winning combination. The game’s progressive jackpot is only available to real money players.
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Game Controls in Goldbeard Slots
Real Time Gaming designed this game to be easy and simple to use. The informational widgets are displayed above the playing area and the betting controls are displayed below the betting area. The information widgets tell you (from left to right) your current balance, the mount of your total bet (bet per line times number of active pay lines), how much you won on the last game, and what the amount of the random (progressive) jackpot is.
Each of the 20 pay lines has its own numbered control on either the left side or the right side of the playing area. Just click on the number of the pay line you want to activate. All lower-numbered pay lines will be activated at the same time. All higher-numbered pay lines will be deactivated.
From left to right the betting controls are:
Help: Click on this button to enter the pay tables screens. You can learn what the symbols are and how the game rules work by browsing these screens.
Bet: This is a multi-part widget using a down arrow and up arrow to modify the bet per line coin value. Available values range from 0.01 to 5.00.
Autoplay: Clicking on this button brings up a dialog that confirms you want the game to play continuously until any of the following happens: A) you run out of money; B) you stop the Autoplay; C) you leave the game.
Lines: This is a multi-part widget that allows you to scroll through the pay lines, activating them as you increase the number and deactivating them as you decrease the number.
Spin: Click on this button to play a single game.
Symbols Used in the Goldbeard Slots Game
There are two special symbols in the Goldbeard slots game: Goldbeard is the Wild symbol and a gold coin is the Scatter symbol.
The Wild symbol only appears on reels 1 and 5. It substitutes for all other symbols except the Scatter symbol. Any winning combination containing a Wild symbol pays double the normal prize. When Wild symbols appear on reels 1 and 5 you win the Free Spins bonus (see below for details).
Up to five Scatter symbols may appear on the screen at any time. They do not have to form winning combinations on pay lines and your Scatter prize is multiplied by the Total Bet. Five Scatter symbols pay 100 times bet, four Scatter symbols pay 20 times bet, three Scatter symbols pay 5 times bet, and 2 Scatter symbols pay 1 times bet.
The remaining symbols pay prizes based on bet per line. They are divided into groups:
High Value Symbols
Pirate Ship pays a maximum of 2500 times bet per line for 5 of a kind, 5000 if Goldbeard is part of the winning combination.
Parrot pays a maximum of 1000 times bet per line for 5 of a kind, 2000 if Goldbeard assists with the win.
Cannon pays a maximum of 500 times bet per line and double that with Goldbeard.
Treasure Chest pays a maximum of 500 times bet per line and double if Goldbeard is part of the combination.
Low Value Symbols
The remaining symbols are the usual “A”, “K”, “Q”, “J”, “10”, and “9” symbols you find in many slot games. Their highest prizes range from 200 times bet per line down to 100 times bet per line, and as always Goldbeard doubles the prize if he forms part of a winning combination.
Bonus Round and Progressive Jackpot in Goldbeard Slots
When Goldbeard appears on both reel 1 and reel 5 his symbols each reveal 2, 3, or 4 free games so you can win a maximum of 8 free spins.
Goldbeard can appear on reel 3 during the free spins and you can retrigger the bonus.
All prizes pay triple during the free spins game.
The progressive jackpot is awarded on a purely random basis. After every spin, regardless of whether you win a prize, the game checks to see if you win the jackpot. You must be playing for real money in order to win the jackpot.