Pixies vs Pirates doesn’t strike us as a particularly fair fight at first glance, but while the pixies may be small and elf-like, they make up for it in attitude and enthusiasm. It’s not a match-up you’ve probably imagined before, but we’re taking to the high seas for this battle royale for the ages! NoLimit City have a reputation for turning unlikely ideas for a pokie into instant classics, but have they finally met their match with this supernatural smackdown, or have they stumbled across buried treasure? Let’s take a look in our Pirates vs Pixies slot game review.
Pirates vs Pixies has a gorgeous, cartoonish art style that gives this game a really distinctive look, with a background of ship’s rigging and an ocean scene and the reels hosted on an elaborately carved wooden plaque. The low value symbols are the standard 9 – A, though they’re brightly coloured and weathered to look like the letters on a treasure map. The high value symbols are something else entirely, a combination of scary looking pirates with murder in their eyes and pixies brandishing a variety of improvised weapons including bows and cartoonish bombs. There are also some cool animations and a variety of nautical and combat themed sound effects to go with it.
There is a grand buffet of little extra features in the Pirates vs Pixies slot game, and the most obvious of these is the bumper six reels that you get to go along with the three rows. This means a generous crop of 729 ways to win, which means the wins will be coming thick and fast. Usually this means you can’t bet too much on your wins, but here you have a maximum bet of £/€/$100 per spin. The RTP is actually slightly low at 95.91%, though there are so many features introduced in the bonus round that you can easily bump that up with a few lucky spins.
Gamers will rejoice when they see that this game packs both the xWays and xNudge feature, which is lovely and generous. xNudge involves this games’ stacked wilds, which expand to take up a whole reel, but if you end up with a wild which lands part on and part off the reels it will nudge downwards until it is fully on the reels again. Even better, each nudge it needs to make to get on the reels adds another 1x multiplier, which is active on the next spin. Similarly, xWays is activated by landing the mystery chest which can randomly transform into any symbol in the game, including massive symbols that double the number of rows and give you more than 11,000 ways to win. Finally, land three poster scatters and you’ll set off the final battle! Choose a side, and you’ll get eight free spins with the rows fully expanded all 11,000 pay lines activated. The number of pirate and pixie symbols that land in your spins is added up, then you’ll get all the spins again if you choose the winning team!
We love the theme of this game, which is really inventive, and we can’t fault the top tier extras that Pirates vs Pixies brings to the table with xNudge and xWays. It’s a pokie that really integrates its theme well, and it’s a much better game for it.