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The Pearl of the Orient slots game can be found at casinos offering iSoftBet software. iSoftBet are one of the newer casino software providers on the market but they have managed to tie down some impressive branded slots game contracts. As a standard iSoftBet do not publish the RTP/House Edge information for their slots games within the game help file or paytables. However as part of the UKGC license requirements many UKGC licensed operators have started to publish this information for all of their games. As such we can tell from Trada’s site that the House Edge of Pearl of the Orient is 4.03% when playing maximum paylines/coins.
Pearl of the Orient is a 5 reel slots game and each reel is 3 symbols high, playing from left to right. The game uses 10 paylines and you can bet up to ten coins per payline.
Wild – The Wild symbol is the “Princess”, substituting for all symbols other than Scatters. Wilds can only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and will expand to fill to reels.
Scatters – The green and yellow “Ying Yang” symbol triggers the game’s Free Spins feature. 3 or more anywhere on reels will award 12 free spins. The symbol is also one of the most valuable in the game with 5 earning you 500 coins without needing to be part of a winning payline.
Free Spins – When the Free Spins have been triggered by landing 3 or more of the “Ying Yang” Scatter symbols you will be given 12 free spins. During the feature there will be a list of symbols above the reels. Working from left to right along the reels, every time you land a Wild, the symbol indicated above the reels will add value to any matching symbols that you land on the reels. You start with the symbol furthest to the left and move one to right every time you land a Wild. The symbols with increased value will remain like this for the duration of the Free Spins. The feature cannot be re-triggered.
Pearl of the Orient is a solid offering from iSoftBet that plays around with a theme I’ve seen lots of times when reviewing slots games. The far East is a mecca for slots designers, providing an array of rich colours and standard symbols that means you will know what is waiting for you before you start to press that spin button. The symbols here look good, with the designers doing a good job with a common theme. The background is also aesthetically pleasing but offers nothing you won’t have seen before. There are Free Spins and Wilds that expand but there is a relatively disappointing lack of bonus features to play around with. For a game using such a common theme to stand out from the rest it really needs to offer more than just the basics. Instead, Pearl of the Orient sees iSoftBet trudging their way through the motions, a symptom of which is the less than inspiring house edge. This is a decent game but not one that will see you want to stick around for very long.