There are plenty of video slots based on China but surprisingly few centred on its giant subcontinental neighbour -Play ‘N Go has tried to remedy that with Pearls of India. It marks another outing for adventurer Rich Wilde, this time set in the Himalayas. It’s a 5 reel, 20 payline game that comes with cascading reel wins with multipliers, free spins and a pick ’em bonus. Play from between 20p and £100 per spin.
The visuals in Pearls of India are superb – set against a stunning Himalayan backdrop and a mountaintop temple, the reels include A to 10 playing cards and a quartet of statues. Adventurer Rich Wilde is the wild.
The game is played using a cascading reels game engine – after every winning spin, the successful symbols are blasted from the reels and replaced by the symbols above. If these form a winning combo, you’ll receive another payout, this time with a 2x multiplier, followed by a further symbol cascade. These continue as long as there’s a winner on view. The multiplier increases with each cascade going from 1x to 2x to 4x to 6x right up to 10x!
Pearls of India comes with a pair of bonus features. Every time the Himalayan Temple symbol lands, it will be collected in a meter to the left of the reels. Once you have accumulated 25 of them, you’ll trigger the Temple Bonus feature – select 1 of the 3 locations on the map to confirm the feature you’ll play. There’s up to 250 times your stake to be won in all 3 locations they are:
- Statue of Venus – pick pearls from the statues shown to reveal cash prizes.
- Wheel of Brahma – this is a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ style feature. Spin the wheel then match the rings. That’s the amount you’ll win.
- Wall of Shiva – you’ll be presented with a wall. Starting from the bottom row, pick a tile from the wall to reveal a prize. If you’re lucky, you’ll progress higher up the wall with bigger prizes on offer the higher you make it. Picking an animal brings the round to a close.
Land 3 pearl scatters to trigger the Free Spins feature – here you’ll be awarded an initial haul of 10 free spins complete with multipliers of 1x, 2x, 4x, 6x and 10x. Collecting 5 pearls throughout the feature adds another 5 free spins to your total and also increases the potential multiplier awards on offer.
- 5 Pearls – multiplier values are 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x & 20x along with 5 extra free spins
- 10 Pearls – multiplier values are 3x, 6x, 12x, 18x and 30x along with 5 extra free spins
- 15 Pearls – multiplier values are 4x, 8x, 16x, 24x and 40x along with 5 extra free spins
- 20 Pearls – multiplier values are 5x, 10x, 20x, 30x and 50x along with 5 extra free spins
In theory, it’s possible to land a whopping haul of 30 free spins with a potentially enormous multiplier of 50x!
Boasting superb sound and visuals and a pair of top notch features, Pearls of India is a quality video slot. The variance is in the medium range, offering a balance of payouts with the free spins feature with the big multipliers offering the best winning potential. Get lucky here and the riches on offer can reach Himalayan heights. If you like the Indian theme, I suggest you try Golden Cobras Deluxe by Novomatic.