Named and designed after the famous Pearl River in China, this slot features a horde of exotic wildlife, gorgeous geishas, and four separate jackpots! The designers have decided to forgo a traditional soundtrack in place of silence, and then a crescendo of noise following a winning combination.
Created by Ainsworth, Pearl River has all the hallmarks of a modern online slot: the 5×3 layout, 25 paylines, playing card symbols, and a variety of special features. Read on to find out what we thought of the game overall!
We’re going to give Ainsworth the benefit of the doubt here, and say that Pearl River features a “vintage” design. Realistically, the game looks (and feels) like it was made 15 years ago. The symbols are cheap and lazily-designed, and there’s a terrible amount of lag: it took nearly half minute for the audio to kick in after it was enabled.
We turned it off again almost immediately, because the dull drumming of the spins and harsh horns on a winning combination were hugely unpleasant.
Ainsworth is one of the world’s big brands in online casino software development, but this is a tame effort. With such an outdated design, and laggy response, the special features will need to punch far above their weight to redeem Pearl River.
We should mention there are 4 progressive jackpots, which is always good news, and players can wager up to $25 per spin. More bad news, however, in that the average RTP is less than 95% – not exactly encouraging players to play big!
Are There Any Special Features?
As we’d hoped, the special features do pick the game up a bit, with 3 exciting offerings including a round of 10 free spins every time players land 3+ pearl symbols during a single spin. There is also the QUAD Shot and Lucky Multiplier bonuses to contend with.
Lucky Multiplier Bonus Spin
This feature is triggered by landing the Money Bag symbol on reels 1, 3, and 5 simultaneously. Enhanced wilds (aka wilds with multipliers) now start appearing on the reels, bringing about the ability to substantially boost your winnings.
QUAD Shot Bonus
QUAD Shot bonuses are those big jackpots we mentioned earlier in the review. In order to unlock one, you need to land all 5 of the symbol corresponding to each jackpot, while also landing the Quad Shot symbol on the 6th reel. This is a nice touch, and adds considerable value to an otherwise underwhelming online slot.
Honestly, Pearl River is a far cry from the calibre we’ve seen so far in 2018. It’s almost like the development team fired their talented engineers and had the intern do the legwork. The special features do make up for this to some degree, but modern gamblers like to enjoy the aesthetic and animation of slots just as much as the winnings – Pearl River just doesn’t deliver that pleasure.