Hook’s Heroes Slot
Aarrr! Just what the online slots world needs, another Pirate-themed slots game. Hook's Heroes is a September 2015 release from NetEnt, with 5 reels and a fixed 20 pay lines. This time, it be only playin' pirates, as Cap'n Hook and his crew are all cabin boy age. They seem to be enacting a recreation of the Peter Pan tale, although for once the precocious boy-who-won't-grow-up is nowhere to be seen. The young Cap'n Hook is the star of the show, along with his motley crew of fellow ankle-biters. All the symbols in the game are beautifully animated, as we have come to expect from anything that originates from NetEnt's development team. Hook and his pals are joined on the reels by pirate-y playing card symbols from ten to ace.
To launch this game, you simply need to pick your coin size from 0.01 to 1.00, and the number of coins you want to gamble with each spin, from one to ten. All twenty lines are in play at all times, so your final wager is always your coin size multiplied by the number of coins you're betting with, multiplied by twenty. To win one of the jackpots on offer, you need to land at least three identical symbols in sequence from the left hand reel on one of the pay lines. When you're happy to start loading booty into your bankroll, hit that spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest possible wins are 5x for three tens, jacks or queens. The jackpot in normal play is 900x for five of Hook's mate who's indulged in a little skull face-painting.
Cap'n Hook acts as the wild symbol in this game. He substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter.
A smiling chap in a crocodile costume acts as the scatter symbol. You only need to land two of him anywhere on the reels to trigger a free spin with one of the three random spin features:
- Fairy feature: a fairy appears and places between two and five special overlay wild symbols on the reels
- Mermaid feature: all wins are doubled, and all wins containing a wild symbol are quadrupled
- Pirate feature: wins are calculated on the number of symbols on the reels, no matter if they appear on a pay line or not
If you land three or more scatters then you can choose which one of the features you wish to apply to a number of free spins that you will be entitled to. The fairy feature comes with seven free spins, the mermaid feature with ten and the pirate feature with fifteen. If you land four scatters you get to choose two of the free spin features (or two the same), and if you land five you can pick all three, or three of the same feature, or two and one … you get the picture …
Hook's Heroes is a welcome return to form for NetEnt after a couple of tepid releases. The imagery is perfect, and the three features are splendid, especially if you get them for an extended number of freebie spins. Play Hook's Heroes and with a bit of luck, you'll soon be filling your treasure chest with lots of lovely cash.