Wed, Oct 31, 4:04am by William Brown
Last Updated Thu, May 14, 5:02am
Lightning Link pokies have a diverse range of themes. Magic Pearl takes the popular hold and spin feature and puts it in an underwater setting. The key symbol is a mermaid. When you cover a reel with the mermaid symbols, they will expand and show an animation of the fish/lady hybrid.
Pearls are a natural choice for the hold and spin bonus. This gives you a shot at cash prizes and jackpots. If you fill the entire set of reels with pearl symbols, you’ll win the grand progressive jackpot. The free spins bonus on Magic Pearl uses the giant symbols system. Here the middle 3 reels turn into one huge reel – giving you a shot at winning over all the win-lines at once.
You’ll need to wait before the Magic Pearl pokies become available to play for free at online casinos. Many slot studios, including Aristocrat, create demo games which allow you to try out the features of their slots without risking any money. While there are many Aristocrat games online, the Lightning Link series has yet to appear.
One of the plus points of the Lightning Link range is the flexibility. You can spin the 5×3 set of reels for your choice of coin size and number of win-lines. The balance is between the number (and size) of line hits and the hold and spin bonus (which is separate from the win-lines chosen).
You can choose denominations between 1c and 10c – with 25 or 50 win-lines on Magic Pearl. The smallest spin amount (outside of high limit rooms) is 50c, with $5 the maximum. Some casinos allow $1 and $2 denominations with 5 win-lines.
Mermaid symbols are wild. They substitute for the regular winning symbols. These will frequently cover entire reels, linking multiple wins. Mermaids only appear on reels 2 through 5. With all wins starting on the left, this means that they can’t create wins on their own.
High paying symbols are a turtle, treasure chest, striped fish and starfish. While playing cards are used for the smaller wins, Magic Pearl ties in with the other Lightning Link games in leaving the Ace out.
Two more symbols appear on the reels. These are both involved in the bonus features. One shows a pearl and the other a dolphin.
You’ll find two bonus features on Magic Pearl. The free spins bonus uses the same ‘Giant symbols’ system as the High Stakes Lightning Link pokies. You can win the hold and spin bonus by hitting a giant chip in the free spins – or by hitting 6 or more of the pearl symbols on a regular spin.
Progressive jackpots are available on this game. The biggest of these (the Grand) is shared between all the lightning link pokies in a casino. These can be triggered at random or via the hold and spin bonus games.
Three or more symbols showing a dolphin in front of the sun are needed to trigger the free spins bonus. These don’t need to be on a win-line. There are also scatter prizes – based on your total bet size. 3 dolphins get you 2x the triggering bet, with 15x for 4 and 100x for 5.
6 free spins are triggered each time. The middle 3 reels of Magic Pearl will merge into one huge reel. A single 3×3 symbol will land flush with these reels on each spin. Wilds are in play. These can let you trigger every win-line at once. You can also hit dolphin scatters – triggering 3 more spins.
If a pearl symbol hits the middle reel, the hold and spin bonus is triggered. When you trigger in this way, only 6 extra spaces are available to be filled.
All the Lightning Link pokies have a hold and spin bonus. This system was created by Aristocrat. It has since been copied by many other pokie makers.
To trigger this bonus, you either need a giant pearl in the free spins bonus or 6+ individual pearls anywhere in view on a regular spin. Each pearl has either a number (coins) or a word (signifying a jackpot). When you trigger the hold and spin, any prize landing on the reels is yours.
This works by giving you 3 spins to increase the number of pearls. When you add to your total, you return to having 3 spins. When you spin 3 times without adding new pearls, the bonus is over. At this point lightning, special effects will appear, and your wins will be totalled above the reels.
If you manage to fill in all 15 spots on the reels, you win the biggest (Grand) progressive jackpot. This can be won at any denomination.
There are 4 different jackpot prizes to be won. 2 are progressive and 2 of them are fixed. Here are the prizes:
No, as things stand, Lightning Link pokies are only available in live casinos. Aristocrat has a large portfolio of slots – with many of their classic games available online for real money and in demo / free-play mode.
You’ll find the hold and spin feature which all Lightning Link and Dragon Link pokies have. This gives you a chance to win some big progressive jackpots. There is also a free spins bonus. This uses giant symbols which cover the middle 3 reels. With stacked wilds in the base game and a shot at a random jackpot on any paid spin – there is plenty of action with Magic Pearl.
Like many slots in the Lightning Link range, the design makes this game ideal to enjoy on your iPhone / Android smartphone. With Magic Pearl not yet available on real money casino apps online, you’ll need to wait for now. New online slots are always compatible with mobile devices these days.