Pearl of the Caribbean
Go on a swashbuckling adventure with the dashing pirate lady on the slot from Barcrest. Pearl of the Caribbean will see you sailing the high seas on up to five reel sets with expanding wilds, a Big Bet option and a free spins round that can lead to wins of up to 1,250 times your bet on a single spin.
Pearl of the Caribbean is a video slot with five reels, five rows and 50 pay lines as default. Landing a stacked wild will activate four additional game windows, each in the same format, giving you in total 250 pay lines. You can adjust the pay lines to 10, 20, 30 or 50 per reel set.
Wins are awarded for three to five symbols on a line from left to right only. Your pirate adventure on desktop or mobile starts at 0.10 credits and peaks at 500 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility and three RTP settings. Any bets below two credits will be played with an RTP of 94%, while those above will benefit from a 96% RTP. Using the Big Bet option further increases the RTP to 97.75%.
The design is as expected from Barcrest, rudimentary and unsophisticated. The largest part of the screen is taken up by the main game window and the four extra reels sets on top. The intrepid pirate lady stands on the right while a pirate flag waves in a gentle breeze on the left. Also Barcrest-typical is the soundtrack with mainly reel and win count noises.
All pay symbols can appear fully stacked and start at the low end with the card suits – diamonds, hearts, clubs and spades – awarding in default mode 1x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by treasure chests, cannons, pearls, parrots, sailing ships and pirate skulls at the high level. Hive five on a line to win 1.25x to 5x your stake. Using the Big Bet option will activate a separate paytable with higher payouts.
The fierce-looking female pirate is the wild symbol, appearing 2-symbols high and substituting for all regular pay symbols while a golden doubloon acts as a scatter.
Pearl of the Caribbean Slot Features
Loading the game will display the main reels set and four smaller sets on top that are greyed out. They will activate only when you hit a full pirate wild on the bottom screen which will trigger the Expanding Wild feature. First, the wild will expand on the main screen and then duplicate to all other reel sets. Any further wild in full view will also expand to reel height. Win evaluations are then made for all five reel sets and paid in one amount. The game will reset before the next spin.
Hitting three, four or five golden doubloon scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin will trigger 8, 12 and 15 free spins respectively. The difference in the bonus round is that any wilds landing in partial view on the upper reel sets will also expand. That’s it, no further multipliers or modifiers are available, however, you can retrigger the feature indefinitely.
If you feel like risking more than your usual then the Big Bet Game feature is just perfect for you. It has become a permanent addition on Barcrest slot and will give you five consecutive spins for a single bet amount. A separate paytable is active while playing a Big Bet sequence. You can pick from three options, each with increasing extras.
- Big Bet – 20 Credits: All pirate wilds will expand when partially in view
- Big Bet – 30 Credits: All pirate wilds pirates will expand when partially in view and low-value symbols are removed
- Big Bet – 50 Credits: All pirate wilds expand when partially in view, low-value symbols are removed and wild can award a win multiplier of up to x5.
As we are used to seeing poor graphics on Barcrest slots, we’ll judge it mainly on the gameplay. While it does have some exciting parts, we cannot excuse or overlook the different RTP settings. Any low to medium roller will be basically shafted as a slot with just 94% is bound to take your money much faster than on an RTP of 96%. It is also the main reason why Barcrest games rarely get more than a 3-star rating on our site.