As an Asian-themed slot game Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win does not have an overtly oriental design we are used to. There are no dragons straddling the reels and no glitter. The game plays out like an Asian narrative on European reels, probably to satisfy both continental and Asian preferences. Pearl Beauty is also a pretty simple game, unlike many other Chinese-themed games that take some playing before you fully understand the features.
The 5 x 3 grid with 243 win ways sports two beautiful Asian women, the usual koi carp fish, lotuses, ducks, and the ubiquitous 10 to Ace card symbols. The wild is represented by the Chinese yin and yang symbol. It can substitute all other symbols, except the scatter, to help form winning combinations. The game takes its name from the scatters of the game, which are pearls that play the most important role in the game.
Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win features three static jackpots, any of which can be triggered on any spin in the bonus game. Apart from these, the slot offers a bonus game with some re-spins that come with a special golden pearl feature. The game has a medium to high volatility, which tends to lean towards the higher side. Thus, along with a below par return to player rate of 95.05%, the game may not be known for prodigious payouts.
You need to make winning combinations across the reels by landing 3 to 5 identical symbols from left to right. But before you begin to spin, you need to set your wagering limits. The window is pretty wide. Bets can be as low as $0.20 or as high as $100.00 per spin. The game is suitable for all types of playing budgets and you can change the bets according to the way the game is going for you. The base game can be interesting with moderate payouts, but the main jackpot lies in the bonus game.
Pearl Beauty is an unusual slot game in that its high volatility is coupled by a lower return to player rate of 95.05%. The game’s maximum pay potential is only a little higher than 1,000 times the bet. Even the values attached to the symbols do not inspire much enthusiasm. 2.5 times the bet is the highest payout a regular symbol can offer, even across all the 5 reels. Taking into account all 243 win ways, you’re getting total rewards of only 600 times the stake.
The bonus game of Pearl Beauty is triggered when at least 6 pearl scatters land anywhere on the reels. This bonus game does not give you free spins but re-spins. You start with 3 re-spins, while the pearl scatters that triggered the bonus game become sticky, which means they will remain in place for the duration of the round. If you land more pearl scatters, you get more re-spins. Once you run out of re-spins, the bonus game ends and you are paid the sum of all amounts displayed on the pearls.
Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win has 3 static, in-game jackpots: Mini, Major, and Grand. Any of the jackpots can be won in the bonus game when a pearl drops on the reels with the mini, major, or grand jackpot value. The grand jackpot can also be triggered if the pearls occupy all 15 positions on the reels. At 1,192 times the bet, the maximum prize potential of Pearl Beauty comes from the Grand jackpot, which might explain the game’s RTP of 95.05%.
Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win is Playson’s latest release, and no modern slot game ignores mobile play. We live in times that developers create ‘mobile first’ games. And if you like this game, Pearl Beauty can give you a beautiful time playing while on the move. With HTML5, the game is optimized for all cellular platforms like Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and Blackberry, so the slot can be easily played on all smartphones and tablets, which run on these systems.
Furthermore, HTML5 automatically adjust the game’s platform for small screen dynamics, be it a smartphone or tablet of any size. This means you can enjoy the game in original audio visual quality just like you would on PCs. It would be prudent to play in landscape mode since the game has horizontal layout, and use earphones while playing on the go. Since you will be playing online, you will need a reliable internet connection at all times to enjoy uninterrupted play.
Playson’s Pearl Beauty should be an attractive game for players who like the Asian theme and who have the financial wherewithal to sustain the highly volatile game play. As we mentioned above, the game is an anachronism of sorts. High variance games usually balance themselves out with a high maximum win potential with an average over 96% in most cases.
But Playson has struck a different path by creating a highly volatile game with a lower than average RTP with the maximum jackpot of 1,192 times the stake. However, Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win is a May 2020 release, and it remains to be seen whether the attractiveness of the theme, design and game play will override the financial limitations of the game.