Today’s online and mobile pokies come in a vast assortment of themes. Anything you can imagine has been done, probably over and over again, by various digital gambling software companies. One of my personal favorites is the pirate pokies theme, like Microgaming’s 2013 release of Sovereign of the Seven Seas.
As you probably know, the word ‘sovereign‘ relates to an entity that has ultimate power, or supreme rulership, over a particular body. Australia, for example, has been a sovereign nation ever since its ties with Great Britain were formally severed by the Australia Act of 1986, at which time the country’s government claimed 100% control of its own leadership.
Despite a ‘sea‘ begin traditionally smaller than an ocean, anyone with a mild education in geography knows that the ‘Seven Seas‘ is a reference to all oceans of the world. Put all that together and we can surmise that a ‘Sovereign‘ of the ‘Seven Seas‘ would be, by definition, the ultimate powerhouse to sail upon earth’s waters – a fierce pirate the likes of which no other would dare tangle with. Arg!
It’s a great starting point for any pirate pokies, and that certainly helps boost the game’s popularity – a good thing since the graphics don’t do much for it. Developed over 4 years ago, the imagery is kind of flat, aside from an awesomely large pirate ship and animated firing cannons.
Sovereign of the Seven Seas Pokies
This 5 reel, 40 payline online and mobile pokies title is pretty basic in terms of features. The highlights are the thematic symbols, including the Siren, Cannon, Nautical Bell, Treasure Chest and the grizzled Captain.
The Siren is the Wild, and although she only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4, she has a lucrative power that allows her to transform into a massive, 5-masted pirate ship, expanding to turn the entire reel wild, both in the base game and during free spins.
To get those free spins, you’ll want to land a few Cannon Scatters. Three or more anywhere on the reels in one spin triggers a sort of Pick Me Bonus. The player must choose one of three barrels to reveal how many free spins they will receive, and what multiplier they’ll all be paid at (2x, 3x or 4x).
Like most Microgaming pokies, after each winning spin in the base game, players can choose to accept the Gamble feature; a 50/50 double-or-nothing bet. If accepted, the player is shown a face-down card and must select whether it’s suit will be Red or Black. Or, they can take it a step further, choosing the actual suit of the card – heart, diamond, club or spade – for a higher potential payout.
Honestly, I think this is a love-it-or-hate-it game. If the pirate pokies theme tickles your swashbuckling fancy, chances are you’ll enjoy it. If, however, sailing the high seas holds no entertainment value for you, the aged graphics (and fact that there are more generic playing-card symbols than themed ones) will probably incite boredom after the first few spins.
If you want to give it a try, just about every Microgaming-powered online and mobile casino, including Royal Vegas, offers Sovereign of the Seven Seas.