Aussie developer Ainsworth takes a trip to Asia in Pearl River Quad Shot. It’s a 5 reel, 25 payline slot that comes with a free spins round where special wild multipliers can send payout rocketing by up to 5x. Also on offer are a quartet of potential jackpot prizes. Stakes range from between £1.25 and £25 per spin.
Ainsworth is certainly no market leader as far as design is concerned and Pearl River Quad Shot is another rather underwhelming effort on the looks front. The reels include the usual playing cards plus dragonflies, birds, lotus flowers and a junk boat. If 5 of the latter sail into view, you’ll receive an award equal to 12 times your total bet.
Helping to create winning combinations is the Goddess which is the wild and can land on reels 3, 4 or 5 – she doesn’t offer any awards in her own right but does replace everything bar the pearl which is the scatter.
The pearl is the key to unlocking the game’s Free Games feature – land 3, 4 or 5 of them and you’ll get an award of 5, 20 or 100 times your stake as well as 10 free spins. The set up here is slightly different – the playing card symbols are removed and the wild appears on the middle 3 reels.
Look out for the Money Bag symbol on reels 1 and 5 too – when it hits on both, you’ll trigger the Lucky Multiplier Bonus Spin feature where you’ll receive 3 spins. The Goddess symbols can now hit on reels 2, 4 and 5. Joining the action on the middle reel are 3 Multiplier Goddess Wilds which can boost payouts by 2x, 3x and 5x.
You’ll also have the opportunity to bag 1 of 4 potential jackpot prizes. These are triggered by landing a 5-of-a-kind winner plus the Quad Shot symbol in the single reel to the side of the main set. The precise prize awarded depends on which symbol formed your 5 in a row winner and whether it included a wild. The prizes on offer award 10, 40, 250 or 2,000 times your stake.
Like many Ainsworth slots, the paytable differs between the base game and the bonus features. That’s fine as long as you’re aware. The absence of lower value symbols plus the multipliers can make up for any potential dips.
The design here really is rather disappointing in comparison to many new releases. The imagery looks very tired and the screeching violin that marks a winning spin had us reaching for the mute button. We’ve not been a huge fan of many slots in the Ainsworth catalogue. The bonus round offers some decent potential in Pearl River Quad Shot. It still wasn’t quite enough to win us round though. I’d much rather play more modern games like the superb Kaiju from ELK Studios or The Falcon Huntress from Thunderkick.