Take a trip east (and we don’t mean to Brisbane Road) in Pearl of the Orient, a 5 reel, 10 payline Chinese-themed slot. Boasting classy sound and visuals, this simple game from iSoftBet comes with expanding wilds and a bonus round that awards a dozen free spins with symbol upgrades. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 10p and £10 per spin.
The design in Pearl of the Orient is very nicely done. The reels are set within a traditional red building and watched over by a pair of golden dragon statues. On the reels you’ll see lower value A to J symbols which pay up to 10 times your stake per payline as well as a selection of objects more in keeping with the Asian-theme.
In order of value are money wallets and lanterns that pay up to 20 times your stake. They’re joined by gold coins, frogs and bowls which pay up to 25, 30 or 40 times your stake per payline. The golden dragon face is the most lucrative symbol, awarding 10, 25 or 50 times your stake if you manage to land 3, 4 or 5 on the same payline.
Appearing on reels 2, 3 and 4 only is the mystery woman. She is the game’s wild. She doesn’t offer any pays in her own right but she does substitute for everything bar the scatter. Every time the woman lands, it expands and turns the whole of that reel wild. This can lead to 3 wild reels on every spin.
The other symbol to look out for is the yellow and green, yin and yang-style symbol. Landing 3, 4 or 5 of this scatter will get you an award of 2, 20 or 50 times your stake as well as triggering the Free Spins feature - on offer here are 12 free spins.
Hope to see plenty of wilds as every time they hit, they upgrade 1 of the higher value symbols. When the first expanding wild hits, all of the money wallets become lanterns. With the next wild, all the lanterns upgrade to gold coins. Get lucky here and you could see plenty of top paying dragon faces spinning around the reels on your final few free spins.
There are hundreds of Chinese themed slots on the market but the appetite for this genre never seems to slow down. Pearl of the Orient is a perfectly playable addition. The visuals are excellent and the traditional soundtrack gives the game a real Asian flavour.
The gameplay is simple but can explode into life in the Free Spins feature if you get on a run with the symbol upgrades. The wilds make it much more likely that you’ll pocket the top reward of 500 times your stake on every spin. If you can’t get enough of all things Chinese and fancy some simple, well designed action, then Pearl of the Orient is another game you’ll be adding to your playing rotation. If you want something more elaborate, iSoftBet’s The Dalai Panda is worth trying.