Nothing struck fear into the heart of a sailor quite like seeing the skull and crossbones of the Jolly Roger fluttering high on the mast of an approaching ship. And although the golden age of piracy has long since passed, you can still experience the thrill of the open seas with Skull Duggery online slot from Microgaming.
When people think of piracy, they will normally think about the piracy that took place in the Caribbean. This has been popularized in recent times by movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, various pirate themed video games and even international talk like a pirate day. The Caribbean era of piracy started around fifteen hundred and lasted over three hundred years into the eighteen thirties.
The first pirates were known as buccaneers. These men were more often than not sailors who used to be in various navies around the world. This meant that they were not only skilled sailors but also many had military training and a keen mind for warfare. Buccaneer comes from the French word boucanier. Boucanier means a person who smokes meat over a fire. It might seem like an odd name, but these men would lure ships to isolated islands by smoking meat on the beaches. The passing ships would stop to trade and these Buccaneers would steal the ship! You can see one of these buccaneers serving as a slot symbol in Skull Duggery.
It wasn’t long before captains of pirate ships were actively recruiting sailors in order to attack and steal the contents of European merchant ships making their way to the various islands in the Caribbean.
Another type of piracy was actually allowed and even encouraged by various governments. Because the colonial powers were competing over resources, France actually sanctioned what they called privateering, which was attacking of foreign vessels to weaken their hold in the Caribbean.
Skull Duggery Entertainment on the Reels
In Skull Duggery by Microgaming, you can step back into a world where the motto of an average pirate was a merry life and a short one. This five reel and nine payline slot offers players a colourful and engaging experience set in the world of sword fights, buried treasure and grog a plenty.
The symbols for this slot are made up of some classic fruit entries with the addition of tropical offerings. Coconuts are quite big in the Caribbean after all. There’s also a treasure map, a wily buccaneer captain with a big red beard, a stein of grog, and green skull sitting on a stack of golden coins. The theme of this slot is carried through and through.
Skull Duggery also has a bonus feature that sea lovers are sure to enjoy. Simply get three or more of the blue thief stealing the treasure chest in order to activate the booty bonus. You’ll then be presented with a choice of five pirates to chuck overboard. As soon as you’ve made your selection, he’ll be tossed into the sea and you’ll be given a cash reward!
The Pirate Code
Before partaking in an adventure, it’s good to know the pirate code. We can’t have you breaking the rules on a pirate ship!
First you’ll have to swear an oath not to betray your crew and you’ll have to sign the ship’s article. And remember, disagreements among crewmembers can be settled by fights to the death. Once you’ve looted your first ship, you can take your 5-6 shares of the loot as captain of the ship. That’s it!
Grab your sword and put on that sailing hat. It’s time for adventure on the high seas with Skull Duggery!