Free Pearl of the Caribbean slot
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Pearl of the Caribbean slot by Barcrest is the most recent of a long line of pirate-themed games which seem to be in favour at present. Most are pretty dire it has to be said, most notably Red Tiger's Piggy Pirates although Yggdrasil's Pirate's Plunder is much better with Leander's Wild Jane the Lady Pirate somewhere in between. Here we get the sea at sunset as our background with the alluring lady pirate by the right of the grid and somehow Barcrest seemed to have forgotten the correct music and we get some jaunty pipe and fiddle soundtrack which could have come from an Irish-themed game. So will this be a ship of gold for our bankroll, or the Bermuda Triangle?
On The Reels...
It's all about the fives here as we get 5 reels of 5 rows each with stacked symbols and 50 pay lines. As with most Scientific Gaming developers of late the pays are pretty low with the best 5-of-a-kind win the Pirate Wilds or Skull at 5x bet, Ship 4x, Parrot or Pearls 2x, Chest or Cannon 1.5x and four card sits all at 1x for a full line. You can use the Big Bets here of 20,30 or 50x stake for enhancements such as expanding Wilds too, or Expanding Wilds and no card suits or for the full 50x Big Bet the same again but with 5x Expanding Wilds. There are Doubloon scatters on all 5 reels.
When you spin you will notice 4 more slots, darkened, above your main grid. These spin but don't pay anything unless you land a stacked Wild fully 5-rows in view. When you do, it will replicate to the 4 other grids and may produce wins on any of them.
You need 3 or more gold Doubloon scatters for 8 free games on Pearl of the Caribbean slot. You can retrigger them and your enhancement is the same as any of the three Big Bets levels, in other words any Wild partially in view will expand and replicate to the other 4 reel sets above. Despite the low pays you can rack up some reasonably good totals here when it goes right for you.
Pearl of the Caribbean slot is really pretty average at best and uses the old replicating Wild reels from numerous other WMS games like Kiss and Gems Gems Gems. Your RTP is 94.00% for basic play but rises to 98.00% if you use the highest 50x Big bet which I certainly wouldn't recommend unless you have a lot of nerve and deep pockets. The graphics and animations are OK but I still find the music incongruous with the theme and it really lessens the effect of the game overall. The pays are too low to make it anything other than an 'egg-timer' mechanic so unless you want your money to walk the plank, find another destination to sail your ship to...