Paradise Found Slots
Paradise Found is not the most modern slot in the MicroGaming portfolio. It is a solid enough game, and has a unique bonus round – which involves a randomly appearing wild on the reels 10 times in a row. It took me a while to figure the details of the theme for this slot. There is an explorer, a yak and a lotus flower – which leads me to believe this is about discovering the eastern lands a couple of hundred years ago.
You’ll find the design blocky and retro, without being terrible. Some of the symbols are nicely designed, though they look dated compared with today’s graphics. There are some snow-capped mountains visible above the reels, and multi-coloured line markers and betting / control buttons. It is the solid beige background to the reels which really shows this is an older game. In addition to the yak (carrying a package), you’ll find goblet with green bubbles coming out of it, a strange eastern looking cylinder and playing card symbols. A bearded explorer looks up into the distance from another symbol. There are no animations in the regular game. When you hit a winning combination, the symbols will flash on an off – and you’ll get a short computer generated tune too. There is an animation in the bonus game, though this is basic. The lotus flower replaces one of the regular symbols each time.
How to play & real money versions
This slot has 20 win lines, these are non-changeable. What you can change is your coin size, which can be anything from 1c through to $1 per line, giving a per-spin range of 20c through to $20. There is a simple start / stop auto play system in place – and a handy button which allows you to ‘bet max’ each time too.
Wins are triggered with 3 or more matching symbols from the left hand side on a win-line. The biggest wins come from the explorer – which is also a scatter symbol. This means the pay-outs are triggered by 2+ of these on the reels, regardless of their position or whether they are on a win-line. You will win 100 times your bet for hitting 5 explorers on the reels, with 10x for 4, 5x for 3 and 2x for just 2. The next best prize is the trusty yak; the reward for carrying your kit is 50x your bet for 5 of a kind down to 1.25x for just 3. The cylinder and goblet make up the unique symbols – while the playing cards contribute smaller wins.
Lotus flowers are wild, and will substitute for any of the regular symbols – though not the scatters. If you land a lotus flower on the first reel, and an elaborate looking citadel on the 5th reel, then you will trigger the special bonus game.
Bonus Game for Paradise Found
Essentially the bonus game involves having one of the symbols on the middle 3 reels turn wild at random 10 times in a row. To trigger this you’ll need a wild lotus flower on reel 1 and citadel on reel 3. All the reels then freeze for the duration of your bonus game, which is great if you have one or more winning combinations already in place.
Next a flower replaces one of the middle symbols, and your wins are recalculated. This happens a total of 10 times, with the (wild) flower appearing at random in a different position each time. The key to having a profitable bonus round is that you have a good sequence of symbols for the initial triggering spin. Any win which is in place at the start will be counted 10 times (along with any improved wins with the additional wild). If you get lucky this could mean 10 5 of a kind wins in a row.
This slot does look and feel dated. It is one of a vast back catalogue of games which MicroGaming has produced over the years. While the unique bonus game might have been novel at the time it was made, it is really just a curiosity compared to the many more interesting bonuses of today.
What Paradise Found is strong in the traditional slot game-play. Back when slots were less complex, they needed to be more naturally engaging. MicroGaming built their reputation by offering exactly this kind of play.
While I am not sure that Paradise Found will make it on anyone’s top-list, this is a solid enough slot, with a novel bonus game. Check it out for yourself next time you feel like trying a different kind of slot.