Gold-gathering pirates have always been a popular gaming theme, and thanks to a hugely successful series of movies, the yo-ho-ho life fuels many fantasies. Treasure Skyland, a gorgeous new online slot that is set to launch this month puts a new spin on the theme in more ways than one.
For starters, the pokies action is set in the air and not on the waves. Second, the crew you will be joining when you play the 5-reel, 20-payline game are not humans. They’re monkeys. Three of them, to be exact.
What’s more, the gold they are after is not the shiny stuff mined deep underground or panned out of mountain streams. No, the treasure they are after is a seemingly endless supply of bananas, the only gold that monkeys could care about. Spinning the reels at River Belle Casino, however, offers chances to win potential payouts and to trigger special features such as Win Extenders and a Pick-Me bonus game.
A Visual Adventure
Set against a backdrop of fluffy clouds in a bright blue sky, the shades of which change as players play the game, the Treasure Skyland reels will offer a visual adventure with every spin. The graphics and animations are everything you would expect from Microgaming and one of its top creative partners, Just For The Win Studios.
Of course, the Treasure Skyland imagery that you would probably be most interested in are the symbols on the reels. The most important symbols include a treasure map Wild, the dark blue game logo with a small skull and crossed bones, and the three crew members. There is the young captain holding a telescope, the burly first mate, and a sly-looking smaller monkey wearing a green bandana with a gold crescent.
Other symbols on the slot’s reels include tokens of various metals, each of which sports a different playing card symbol. They include A, K, Q, J, and 10. The ship’s wheel also appears on the reels, but as a frame, rather than as a symbol. The treasure map Wild and the logo are the highest paying of the symbols, and landing five of a kind can pay out 40.00. The crew are the next most valuable symbols, so you’ll want to keep an eye on them too.
A Look At The Bonus Features
Treasure Skyland has a unique way of offering special features, but before we get into that, let’s take a look at the simpler features, starting with the Wild treasure map. As a Wild, it can substitute for all the other symbols. However, it appears on reels 2, 3, and 4 only.
If the ship’s wheel frame appears on the reels and a winning payline runs through it, the reels will shift slightly to make room for the Feature Reel on the left. It is a more ornate version of a standard reel, and instead of featuring the paytable symbols, it is decorated with icons that activate one of the special features.
One of those that can land on the special reel is a 2x, 3x, or 4x Multiplier. If a Multiplier lands, it will multiply the payout by the number indicated. If the Symbol Upgrade feature lands on the reel, it will upgrade the triggering symbols to higher-value ones. The only symbol that cannot be upgraded is the Wild.
If the Win Extender symbol lands, it will add 2 Wilds to a combination of 3 symbols, or 1 Wild to a combination of 4 symbols. The Symbol-To-Wild feature has the potential to be particularly generous. If that feature lands, it will convert all the symbols in that winning combination to Wilds.
If the Feature Reel produces the bright red bonus symbol, it will trigger the Pick-Me bonus game. Played on a new screen, it features 15 cards and a treasure map with as many steps. You can select cards to win potential payouts or extra picks. Every successful selection will see you advance further along the map.
RTP and Betting Options
This new online slot from Microgaming and Just For The Win Studios has a betting range that most players should find quite comfortable. The minimum bet is a low 0.10, and the options go all the way up to the maximum of 100.00 per spin. The game, which launches on 24 March 2020, has a 96.18% RTP and a 24.24% hit rate, and you can enjoy it whenever you choose at River Belle Casino on desktop or mobile.