Wed, Oct 31, 4:04am by William Brown
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Hold N Spin While Under the Sea in this Dramatic Pokie
Underwater themes for pokies have been a popular option since the old 3-reel mechanical games where around. The Magic Pearl pokie from Aristocrat takes this idea to a whole new level. This is part of the Lightning Link range of machines – and includes the excellent Hold and Spin bonus game. You will also find this in Lightning Cash format. The game-play is identical, with a stand-alone progressive jackpot, rather than a shared one.
Before you dive in to the world of sunken treasure, mermaids and starfish – here is a list of what to expect:
Dolphin scatter symbols trigger this bonus. You need a minimum of 3 anywhere on the reels, with scatter prizes getting big for 5 of them. The screen then gets covered in bubbling water, and the reels look very different when they return.
Reels 2, 3 and 4 are replaced with a single giant reel. Better yet, the mega-symbols which spin on this will always land completely inside the big space. What you want to see here are wild symbols (mermaids), which are guaranteed to connect a lot of wins. Dolphins in this middle area are also worth hitting – this will immediately add 3 free spins to your total.
It is also possible to trigger the 2nd bonus from within the free spins. If you get a giant cash or jackpot award symbol on the big reel – you will play a Hold N Spin game before returning for any remaining spins.
The first time you spin Magic Pearl, you might be confused by the pearls which show numbers on them. You need to hit 6 or more of these on a single spin before the magic starts to happen. This is the Hold N Spin game which is shared between all Lightning Link / Cash pokies. It gives you an opportunity to big cash awards, and for jackpots.
At this point the reels go black except for the pearls – which lock into place.
You get 3 free spins, which will reset every time you hit an additional pearl. All the cash awards you collect are awarded via a striking lightning animation, once you run out of spins. As well as the cash prizes, pearls with jackpot awards can drop in. These are the three smaller jackpots. To win the grand jackpot, you need to fill all 15 spaces on the reels with pearls.
You can choose from 1c, 2c, 5c or 10c denominations, and switch between 25 and 50 win-lines with Magic Pearl poker machine. As you move up the denominations, the smaller jackpots will grow bigger.
Line hits are assisted by the mermaid. You might not know this is a mermaid until you win with this wild symbol. It starts as the head of a raven-haired woman – and zooms out to reveal the tail as part of the winning animation. Other unique winning symbols include the obligatory chest of sunken treasure, a starfish and a clown fish. As ever, Aristocrat use playing cards for the smaller wins.
This pokie is available in Lightning Link format in NSW, ACT, VIC and QLD. The stand-alone progressives of the Lightning Cash versions are available in; SA, NT, TAS and NZ.
The aquatic theme certainly helps this pokie to stand out among the many Lightning Link games. This includes the glistening pearls for the cash awards, and bubble animation when you trigger the bonus feature. When you hit the free spins, the big symbols in the middle show you just how much detail the symbols contain.
You will also find shared animations. The lightning effect when your Hold N Spin wins are counted is worth seeing.
Magic Pearl stands out among the popular Lightning Link pokies for its unique underwater theme. Game-play wise, Aristocrat has stuck to a tried and tested formula. The big symbol free spins plus Hold N Spin games is also found in several other pokies. Collect 6 pearls on any spin, and the magic part will begin!