This Pearl of the Orient mobile slot has 10 paylines, expanding wilds, scatters and free spins and a pretty generic theme. But that doesn’t make this a generic game, thanks to some fun symbol upgrades in the free spins.
Lucky coins, red envelopes lanterns and golden frogs… these are all symbols you’ll recognise from a million other Asian inspired casino games from the old Choy Sun Doa slot to the more recent Coins of Fortune by NoCity Limit.
In short, visually, there’s nothing new here. That said both the scatter symbol and the wild symbol stand out, which is a good thing because they are the two most important symbols in this Pearl of the Orient video slot.
The wild is particularly striking, as the beautiful woman expands to cover all 3 positions on reels 2, 3 and 4. A nice touch, but you can’t help but wonder why you couldn’t have her show on at least 4 if not all 5 reels of this casino game.
12 free spins is what you get when you hit 3 scatters on screen, and that’s not a bad number. No multipliers here, but you do get a fun symbol upgrade feature which helps this Pearl of the Orient slot game stand out a little from all the other Chinese themed games.
That’s because when she expands to cover a reel, she will also upgrade one of the high paying symbols to the next higher paid one on the paytable.
In theory, you could get 5 wild symbols and make it so all the high pay symbols are represented by the highest paid of the lot: the golden dragon.
We played for a few hours and never managed to get quite that high, but even having golden toads (third from the highest) won us over 100 times our bet, so there are big pearls of wins here.
The good news is that despite this being a high variance game, you get the expanded wilds and the free spins often enough that you don’t feel cheated.
The bad news is that getting those big symbol upgrades are rarely guaranteed, and we’ve walked away with free spin rounds where we only got 2x our bet!
So it didn’t surprise us, but it could surprise the more casual gamble who are currently enjoying the likes of Starburst or Berryburst by NetEnt; so here’s our warning.
In short, a nice fun real money slot machine for when you want to be a little higher than usual in the hope of catching some big wins, but probably not one you’d play for hours on end, especially as the betting range is very limited: from 0.10 to 10.00 a spin only.
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|Mobile Slot released||November 2018|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 10 Paylines|
|Coins range||0.01 - 10.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 10|
|Free spins||12 Free Spins / Symbol Upgrades|
|Bonus rounds||Expanding Wilds, Free Spins, Symbol Upgrades, Scatters|
Expanding Wild: The Girl is the wild and she appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. When she does appear she will expand and cover the whole reel.
This symbol can replace any other symbol to create a win over any of the 10 paylines.
Scatters and Free Spins: The dragon and firebird Ying Yang symbol is scatter. It that it will pay regardless of where in the five reels it shows up.
It also triggers 12 free spins, only this time around, whenever an expanding wild shows up on the reel, she will remove one of the high paying symbols and turn them into the next highest paid symbol.
If you manage to get 5 wilds during your 12 spins, you could have only one high paying symbol turning up on the reels at all time.
Look, what can we say about oriental themed fruit machines that we haven't said before?
This theme is nice, it's pretty, and it's beautiful enough that you might even not care that it doesn't tell a story or bring a little mysticism like in the Mystery of Long Wei game.
That said, we did enjoy playing on this Pearl of the Orient slot on mobile, namely because it's got some cracking free spin bonus rounds that make you hope for bigger wins over the 10 paylines.
Symbol upgrades are always fun to watch, especially when you add an expanding wild in there to give you extra hopes at multiple wins.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: April 2, 2019 - Rating