A classic, vintage nautical themed progressive jackpot slot from Novomatic, with the potential for huge wins.
Captain Venture is a progressive jackpot slot, from hugely popular developer Novomatic. It has a 17th-18th century nautical theme, and will make you feel like you are sailing the south seas in pursuit of pirates or the discovery of new lands for the crown.
In terms of gameplay, it is medium to high variance, and very fast. The potential to give life-changing wins, and its easy-to-use interface - that can be toggled between normal aspect and full-screen - have made Captain Venture one of the most popular slot games at EnergyCasino.
Technically, Captain Venture is not the most complex of video slots, with 5 reels and 10 paylines, and it has only one major special feature; the free spins round. To trigger free spins, you need to land three or more scatter symbols on the reels. The scatter symbol is the ship’s wheel, and you can get 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 or 20 free spins, with a 4x multiplier. Because the wild symbol will subject a winning combination to a 2x multiplier in addition to the multiplier you already have on each free spin, the wins can potentially be huge.
After wins, there is also a nice ‘gamble’ or ‘collect’ game, where you try to light up a bar, one gamble at a time, to try to increase your win – but, you can lose everything, so are you feeling brave enough? Captain Venture has just enough features to be rewarding, but not enough to slow down gameplay much – making it the perfect choice for a quick spin, or those who enjoy speed play.
Classic Novomatic graphics and retro feel. Set sail with the captain, his sexy female passenger and the dependable first mate.
Visually, Captain Venture features bright, almost cartoon-like graphics, on uncluttered white reels, trimmed with gold and rope patterns. Even without knowing the developer beforehand, fans of Novomatic will instantly be able to identify the style. It certainly is not the most visually sophisticated slot game out there, but it has a very nice retro appeal. The background consists of a very blue ocean, with a few islands, and what looks like a 17th – 18th century frigate at full sail.
The reels themselves are packed with suitably nautical symbols, including the ship’s wheel, which as previously mentioned, serves as the scatter symbol. There’s also a portrait of what can be assumed to be non-other than Captain Venture himself – looking rather dashing, with his golden hair, moustache and goatee. Another symbol features a portrait of a ravishing young lady against a purple sky – is she the reason for Captain Venture’s cheeky smile, I wonder? There’s also what looks like a first mate with a telescope, standing next to some rigging. Continuing the maritime theme, another symbol is a smart sailing ship – again looking like an 18th century frigate, with a white gun line painted along the side. The final image symbols feature an anchor and an old navigational chart. Completing the symbol line-up are K, A, J, Q, 10 and 9.
Although the symbols are not fully animated, there is some movement and light effects when you win – for example, Captain Venture winks and raises his eyebrows, and the first mate puts his telescope to his eye - adding some depth and interest.
Fruit machine sounds, perfect for the traditional gamer.
In terms of sounds, Captain Venture has no background sound track, ambient atmospheric sounds or anything even remotely nautical related – but rather, like many Novomatic games employs a traditional fruit machine range of sounds. At first it may seem a little strange, but it nicely compliments the retro style graphics, making you feel like you are playing a land-based machine in 1990s
bar or pub.
So, if you fancy yourself as a bit of an explorer, or maybe even a privateer, sailing the seven seas in search of riches and adventure, in a time before computers, navigating by compass, the stars, and dead reckoning, Captain Venture is the perfect slot game for you. It is easy to jump straight into, and can be played for a few spins or hours, with equal enjoyment. It has a touch of romance to it, and its sounds will take you back to a time when things were simpler.