Pirate Empress is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot powered by Playtech. The game is based on a female Chinese pirate so has a historical theme – it can be played from 50p to £500 per spin across desktop, tablet and mobile devices and comes with a superb bonus feature that offers you wild multipliers up to 88x!

With a historical feel, it’s all about Madam Cheng who was known to terrorise the China sea in the early 19th century – known as 1 of the world’s most powerful pirates in history, the seas form the backdrop. With lower value playing cards (A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9), you have a quarter of crew members and a white tiger – the latter is the highest paying standard symbol giving you 888 coins for 5 across a payline.

The Pirate Empress (Madam Cheng) is the wild symbol and appears only the 3 central reels (reels 2, 3 and 4) – she substitutes for all symbols except the ship scatter. The scatter is by far the most valuable symbol in the game as 3, 4 or 5 scatters will give you 88, 888 or a whopping 8,888 coins!

Getting 3 or more will also allow you to play the Madam Cheng feature – this is a free spins game where you can choose from free spins and wild multiplier options. You will get a certain amount of free spins which benefit from multipliers up to 88x if a wild is part of a winning combination. Here are your options:

  • 5 free spins – wild multipliers of 18x, 38x or 88x
  • 8 free spins – wild multipliers of 8x, 18x or 38x
  • 13 free spins – wild multipliers of 5x, 8x or 18x
  • 18 free spins – wild multipliers of 3x, 5x or 8x
  • 28 free spins – wild multipliers of 2x, 3x or 5x

You can also choose the Mystery Free Spins and Mystery Multiplier option – now, 3 or more scatters during the feature will retrigger it giving you potentially up to 56 free spins (with wild multipliers up to 5x) or 10 free spins (with wild multipliers up to 88x). I personally would always go for the high multiplier options as just 1 free spin could allow you to sail away with a bucket load of coins.

There are many slots with pirate and Chinese themes and Playtech seems to have married them both nicely – I found Pirate Empress to be a medium to high variance offering with the big wins obviously coming in the free spins feature. As mentioned, I recommend going for the higher wild multipliers as just 1 free spin could make your day. I also recommend you try Thunderkick’s 1429 Uncharted Seas which has a similar feel to it.