Booty Time Basic information:
If you were like me you might have expected something quite different from this pokie than what was actually offered. This game isn't about butts, to put it inelegantly. Instead, Booty Time is a pokie based around the concept of piracy. That is to say the pirates who sail the seven seas, not those who steal computer software. A lot of room for confusion here, or perhaps my time spent reviewing pokies has opened me up to some unusual designs. Rambling aside, this is one of the few attempts by pokie makers to create a nautical based game. How well does it work? Keep reading to find out!
Created by the talented folks responsible for the Microgaming gaming software, one of the most popular and powerful gambling software systems ever developed, Booty Time is a pokie game released on April 20, 2012.
As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems, such is the versatility on offer.
Booty Time comes with a total of 25 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1
- The maximum coins bet sits at 10
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.10
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.5%, slightly above average.
Booty Time includes all of the main options which a user would expect from modern pokie game. These are accessed by clicking the options button which sits towards the left of the bottom game bar and are then separated into three different sections, these are as follows:
- Game Play Settings
Here the player has the option to enable quickspin. When enabled this speeds up the reels so there is less time waiting between the time which spins is clicked and when it stops. There is no change in the chances of each icon landing when this is enabled.
- Sound Settings
This section comes with four options. The first option switches off all sounds, which can also be accessed via the main game page, these pther options switch off individual sound sources, including game sounds, win sounds and background sounds.
- Display Options
These allow the player to switch their currency display between coins and credits. This can also be achieved by clicking the credits button on the game's main page. This section also offers the ability to toggle high quality effects. When this is active the game is much more demanding on the played computer. This means that older or less powerful computers might be better of disabling this option.
Other Helpful Additions
For more complicated options the user needs to click the expert button. This is located on the bottom gold bar which runs across the main game screen. Clicking this gives the player access to the autoplay function.
The autoplay button give the player access to various quickspin amounts, or they can enter their own custom quantity. The user can also choose to keep spinning until the stop button is clicked, or they can click custom to set further rules. These further rules allow the player to enter a custom amount of spins to complete and choose between two spin-end settings. The first of these settings allows the player to stop when all spins are complete. The second allows the spins to stop when wins equal or exceed a certain amount.
Also offered on the game itself is question mark icon which, when clicked, leads the user to a help page to answer any basic questions which the user might have. An additional view pays button towards the left side of the game lets the player check payouts and combinations information.
Finally, Booty Time offers a statistics button which, when clicked, allows the player to see a variety of helpful information, which includes highest wins, spins player, spins per hour and session time. Note that these stats do not persist through sessions.
The inspiration for this pokie comes from a very specific time in history. Generally speaking this golden age of piracy, as it is called, was set between the 1650's and the 1730's. While it is possible that this might be set in the modern age, I can't help but think the problems relating to robbing modern ships and people with old wooden sailboats might be a little bit foolhardy. Maybe if the game was based around AK47s and small dinghies it might be more believable in the modern climate, but is a somewhat less romantic time to be a swashbuckler.
The actual time of piracy was violent, deadly and chaotic. Lack of food, water and medical care was a real problem to those on all sides of the fight, so the reality of this time was probably not a great fit for a theme either. Instead, what we get in this pokie is the romanticised version of piracy which has been popular in our culture for many years. Plunder, treasure, booty. Combine that with a few gallons of rum and a remarkably stylish parrot and you end up with Booty Time.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of a Booty Time symbol. These can substitute for any icon except the scatter symbol. When multiple wins are possible from wild symbols only the highest possible combination will payout.
The scatter symbol appears as a treasure chest with the word scatter written beneath. This does not need to appear on a enabled payline to win and cannot appear during most of the free-spins bonus games. Gaining 3 or more of these in one spin, on reels 1,3 and 5, will activate a free spin bonus game.
Free Spins Games
The free spin bonus game in Booty Time is called the Booty Bonus. When this game is activated the player will be gifted a total of three spins. During these spins the player starts with a 2x multiplier value. Before the spins start the player is able to select one of the scatter symbols which activated the bonus round. This scatter value will reveal the number of picks the player will have in the next round.
During this next round treasure chests appear and the player can select these chests until the they reach the number of picks gained in the prior step. These chests can reveal further free spins and multiplier amounts. When this is over these will be added to the base 3 spins and 2x multiplier and the free spins game will properly begin. Free spins can be retriggered from within this bonus game.
How to Play:
The simplest way to play Booty Time is to simply select their payline amount, coin size and coin amount and click spin. For more advanced options the player can click on the expert button. This is located on the right side of the golden bar which runs the bottom of the main game screen. When active this gives the player greater control over their lines and coins, and gives access to the autoplay feature.
By clicking the autoplay button the user can access the quickspin options which allow a quick select of multiple auto spins quantities, or they can enter their own quantity. The player can choose to end these when the spins are completed or when a certain amount is won or exceeded.
Overall Design and Usability:
Booty Time is one of those games which is a little bit ugly in some ways, but these are ways which help the user. What I mean by this is that while the options and buttons in this game look dated, they do cover all of the bases, and do so quite well. The graphics of the main game screen are well suited, but also look they could use an update. A little bit low-res, but otherwise these are well designed.
When it comes to usability, Booty Time does very well. The people over at Microgaming seem to gone for the function over form method, and this works very well. There is very little time spend wasted while playing this game, and that is perfect for the type of player that I am, though your appreciation may vary. This is aided by the included graphics option. This option means that players on older hardware can get in on the action too, which is great.
Where to find it:
As is common with websites that utilise the Microgaming software platform, Booty Time is available on a great many sites so if you already have a favourite gambling website then check it out, Booty Time might already be on offer.
If you want a more specific list then you can check out our reviews on some of the following sites, these all have Booty Time available:
- Jackpot City
- Spin Palace
- Bet 365
- Thrills Casino
- Casino Land
- Platinum Play Casino
- Royal Vegas
- Royal Panda
- 7 Sultans
- Roxy Palace Casino
- Golden Riviera Casino
- Lucky 247 Casino
- Crazy Vegas
Not the best looking game, but one that still does well. Fast and functional, this is a game which covers most bases very well. It does suffer a bit when it comes to having limited bonus games, but if you're a big fan on free-spins games it might be the right fit for you. A solid entry my Microgaming, that much is undeniable, just not among the best. Still, very worth a look if you want to try something new, or are just a fan or piracy.
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