Head deep beneath the waves and hunt for sunken treasure in Mermaid’s Pearl, a highly volatile five reel, 20 payline video slot powered by Novomatic. Available to play on desktop and mobile devices, it offers double payouts if they include a wild as well as bonus feature that awards up to 120 free spins. Play from between 20p and £50 per spin.

The design on show in Mermaid’s Pearl is pretty simple – the plain white reels are complemented by bubbles and feature the usual assortment of lower value playing cards. They’re joined by sea horses and flat fish which offer payouts of up to 12 times your total stake, a puffer fish which awards up to 20 times your bet as well as a turtle and lobster which offer payouts of up to 30 times your bet.

The tiara wearing mermaid is the game’s wild, substituting for all other symbols apart from the scatter. Whenever the mermaid forms part of a winning combination, that payout is doubled. The mermaid is an impressive payer in her own right too – 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline will get you a payout of 0.5, 10, 100 or 500 times your total stake.

Mermaid’s Pearl also comes with a Free Games feature which is triggered by landing 3 or more of the treasure chest scatter symbol. In addition to a cash prize of 5, 25 or 450 times your stake, you’ll also be awarded 40, 50 or 60 free spins. The double wild wins are in play during the feature and you can re-trigger more free spins if the treasure chest scatters once again float into view giving you up to 120 free spins potentially.

With its pastel shades and aquatic imagery, you could be easily think that Mermaid’s Pearl was a genteel video slot- in fact, it’s anything but as this is a very high variance game. There will be plenty of spells where your bankroll will sink without trace into a watery grave. Trigger the free spins and hit a good number of double wild wins and you can quickly sail away with boatloads of coins. This is a volatile slot so be warned.

If you can cope with the high variance, then there’s much to like here. If you have a soft spot for Novomatic’s recipe of simple design and fast-paced volatile action, then Mermaid’s Pearl could prove to be a little gem. I also recommend you play Novomatic’s Jewels of the Sea and NetEnt’s Secrets of Atlantis which have similar themes.