Pelican Pete Slots Review


Pelican Pete fills the retro reels with maritime fun. This ocean-themed slot stars a cheerful pelican with a beak full of riches. Australian game developer Aristocrat released this online game as an exact copy of their original land-based casino slot, complete with the same bonus features on the same colorful and playful reels.

Fans of the original Pelican Pete casino slot, which has stood the test of time relatively well, are sure to appreciate this online adaptation.

Game manufacturer:Aristocrat
Number of paylines:50
Game theme:Animals, Ocean, Beach
Reels: 5
Min/Max bet:$0.01 / $50.00
Progressive jackpot:No
Regular jackpots:No
Coin denominations:$0.01 – $0.10
Maximum standard win:$100
Free spins:10 per bonus game

Theme and visuals

Instead of fish, Pelican Pete carries a bill full of gold coins that he’d like to give away on wild wins. This salty bird adorns the wild symbols in the base game and sticky wilds in the free spins bonus game.

Along with Pelican Pete’s wild symbols, five reels and four rows (5×4 game configuration) are filled with other ocean-themed symbols like fish, treasure chests, anchors, and starfish.

Adding flair to the reels, sunset symbols are stacked and lighthouse scatter symbols trigger the free spins bonus game that features sticky wild pelican symbols. Standard playing card symbols round out the offering as the lower value symbols on the reels.

The online Pelican Pete reels, set against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset over the ocean, feature the same design, features, and sounds as the original land-based casino slot.

The retro sound effects are typical for Aristocrat slots, with minimal old-school arcade style sounds that blare when wins hit on the reels, and background music accompanies the free spins. The sound of jingling gold coins in Pete’s mouth and foghorns help to immerse you in the ocean scenery when pelican wilds and lighthouse scatters land on the reels.

Betting options and paying combinationsPelican Pete Interface

Bet on up to 50 lines with up to 10 credits per line in free play mode. Use the buttons on the game console to select the number of lines you want to play (1, 10, 20, 35, or 50 lines). You can also use the “Bet One” button to choose how many credits you want to play (1, 2, 5, or 10 credits).

Possible bets range from a one-credit minimum bet up to the maximum bet of 500 credits in free play mode. One credit can equal $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, or $0.10 in the free play version of the game, with possible bets between $0.01 and $50.00 per spin.

The payouts for matching symbol combinations are relatively low compared to other Aristocrat games. Two coins are the lowest payout, awarded for three matching scatter symbols, and the highest paying symbol is the stacked sunset symbol, which only pays out 100 coins for five sunset symbols (on a one-credit bet).

In free play mode, the payouts for regular symbol combinations range then from $0.02 – $1.00 with a one-credit bet at $0.01 per credit, up to $2.00 – $100.00 with a 10-credit bet at $0.10 per credit.

Top paytable values (for five-of-a-kind combinations on a one-credit bet):

  • Sunset symbols (stacked symbols) – 100 coins
  • Fish symbols – 75 coins
  • Treasure chest symbols – 75 coins
  • Anchor symbols – 75 coins
  • Starfish symbols – 75 coins
  • Ace/King/Queen/Jack/10/9 symbols – 50 coins
  • Lighthouse symbols (scatter symbols) – 0 coins

The in-game paytable is static, showing payouts for one-credit bets only regardless of your active bet level. If you want to calculate the payout for a winning combination at a higher bet level, simply multiply the paytable value by the number of credits you are playing per line and the active coin value.

There is no autoplay function that allows you to select a set number of spins in this game. Instead, the autostart button starts the reels spinning and they won’t stop until you either click the button again, the Free Games Feature is triggered, or your balance is too low to continue.

The RTP (Return-To-Player) percentage for this game is 94.94%, which is average for Aristocrat slot games.

What jackpots are available?

True to the original casino slot game, the online version of Pelican Pete does not offer any jackpot options. Some players may be disappointed that jackpot options were not added to the online game.

Additional features and bonusesPelican Pete Free Games Feature Bonus Trigger

Bonus Features in Pelican Pete are mostly limited to the Free Games Feature, which awards free spins with sticky wilds on the reels.

Stacked Symbols

Sunset symbols are stacked symbols that can display anywhere from one visible sunset symbol on a reel up to four sunset symbols that fill an entire reel. Stacked sunset symbols are on all five reels, making it possible for stacked symbols to land on adjacent reels for multiple winning combinations on a spin, especially with payouts on as little as two matching sunset symbols.

Sticky wild symbols in the free spins bonus game can combine with stacked symbols to create even more winning combinations.

On the flip side, if a stacked sunset symbol covers the entire first reel and there are no stacked sunset symbols (or wilds) on the second reel, the spin is a bust with no possible winning combinations.

Sticky Wild Symbols

Pelican Pete has his own sticky wild symbol that can pay out big, much like the gold coins filling his pelican bill. During free spins, Pelican Pete wild symbols from the base game become sticky wilds symbols that “stick” where they land on the reels (on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5) until the free spins games are over. In this way, sticky wild symbols can fill up the reels on free spins.

Scatter Symbols

Scatter symbols (lighthouse symbols) can trigger the Free Games Feature, which awards free spins with sticky wild symbols. At least one scatter symbol must land on reels one, two, and three, instead of being scattered anywhere on the reels, to trigger or retrigger the Free Games Feature.

Free Games Feature (Free Spins Bonus Game)

The Free Games Feature awards ten free spins with sticky wild symbols on the reels. When Pelican Pete wild symbols land on the reels, they become sticky, staying locked in the same reel position until the free spins are over. The Free Games Feature can be retriggered once per bonus game, and the retrigger awards five free spins only.

Gamble Feature

You can choose to collect any win or gamble it by guessing the color or suit of a face-down playing card. Get the card color right to double your win or guess the right card suit to quadruple your win. Collect your new total win or keep gambling up to five times. If you guess wrong though, you lose the entire gamble amount.

Who is this game ideal for?Pelican Pete Gamble Feature

This online slot is ideal for fans of the original Pelican Pete land-based casino game. The game is also easy to play, making it ideal for beginning players, and bets start at a penny to appeal to penny slots players. Players that enjoy fun cartoon-style themes could also appreciate this slot.

Pelican Pete’s dated design and sparse features would not be a good match for more advanced players that are looking for cutting edge graphics, robust bonuses, or jackpots.

Similar games from Aristocrat

Dolphin Treasure by Aristocrat sports a similar ocean theme and features. The Dolphin Treasure reels lie deep in the ocean instead of looking out over an ocean sunset like in Pelican Pete, but both games share similar symbols like starfish, treasure chests, fish, and sunsets.

The Dolphin Treasure reels are also filled with undersea creatures like sea turtles, sea horses, and octopus symbols. Wild symbols double any winning combination in the base game, and the free spins bonus game awards 15 free games where all wins are tripled.

What’s hot:

Free Spins Bonus Game –The main bonus feature in this game awards 10 free spins with sticky wild symbols on the reels.

Stacked Symbols – Stacked sunset symbols are on all five reels and pay out for as little as two matching symbols. They also boast the highest payouts on the reels for five matching symbols.

Sticky Wild Symbols – During the free spins bonus game, filling the reels with wild symbols that stick on the reels until the bonus game is over.

Authentic Casino Slot – Fans of the original Pelican Pete slot found at land-based casinos can appreciate that this online version is the same as the casino slot.

What’s not:Pelican Pete Paytable 1

Low-Value Combinations – Payout values for winning combinations are low compared to other Aristocrat games.

No Multipliers – Multipliers would help to improve the low payout values on symbol combinations in this game.

Limited Bonus Features – Offers very few bonus features compared to newer online slots.

Restricted Scatter Symbols – Scatter symbols are limited to the first three reels to trigger the bonus feature, instead of being scattered anywhere on the reels.

Final ratings

  • Graphics and Design- 3/5: We’re rating this game’s visuals as above average compared to other Aristocrat slots and other retro slot games. The graphics have stood the test of time better than other Aristocrat slots that look considerably more dated, and although the graphics have not been updated for the online version of the game, they are relatively crisp and colorful. The designers also successfully captured the playful theme on the reels.
  • Sound Effects- 2.5/5: The sound effects in the online version of Pelican Pete are average Aristocrat slot sounds, and they are the same as in the original land-based casino slot. The retro arcade style sound effects may be a plus for retro slots fans, but they could be a deterrent for other players. The sound effects unique to Pelican Pete are also less (potentially) annoying than some other Aristocrat games.
  • Jackpot Value- 0/5: There are no jackpot options in this game.
  • Replay Value – 3/5: We’re rating the replay value above average because fans of the original Pelican Pete casino slot are likely to be repeat players, and the promise of big wins from stacked symbols, free spins, and sticky wilds could be compelling enough for beginning players to keep this game on rotation.