Mermaids Pearl Slot from Novomatic
Mermaids Pearl Slot – You’ll think this is an ordinary 5-reel video slot until you hit the free spins bonus game. At that point you could be in for a surprise – based on the sheer number of free spins awarded.
Instead of the usual 10+ you’ll find on most online casino games, the minimum award is 40 spins (with 60 being the top award).
The theme of this game is underwater life, with animations and sound effects to match. While this is not the most modern video slot you’ll find, it does have the solid Novomatic game play and potential for some big prizes too.
How to Win on Mermaid’s Pearl
The mermaid, who appears only as a flame-haired woman on the reels, is both the best paying symbol and the wild. When you win with this symbol there is an animation which zooms out, showing the fish tail and the fact she is holding a pearl. Hitting 5 on any one of the 20 win lines will pay 4000 coins at the lowest 2 coins per like setting, with 1000 for 4 and 400 for just 3. This is one of only two symbols which pay from 2 of a kind, though this is only a token 10 coins.
Next on the pay table come the turtle and the lobster, worth 1400 for the full set of 5. The very bloated looking puffer fish comes next at 800 for 5. There is also a zebra fish and sea horse, which pay 480 for 5. The standard playing card symbols (which at least have bubbles coming from them) making up the smaller wins.
Treasure chests are the final symbol, each time one lands you will hear a sound effect like a bubble reaching the surface of the water and bursting. This is the scatter, and also triggers the free spins bonus game. You’ll need 2+ for a win, and 3+ to trigger the free spins.
Mermaid’s Pearl Long Free Spins Bonus Game
40 free spins are awarded for 3 treasure chests, with 50 for 4 and 60 for 3. Note that I have seen other versions of Mermaid’s Pearl with only 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier instead.
You’ll be invited to press start to trigger these spins, with a red bar underneath the reels showing the remaining spins. If you hit 3 of the treasure chests again then you can get an additional 40 free spins added to your total. Note that on the version I played there was no transition between the free spins and the regular spins while on auto-play – so you’ll need to stay focused!
Underwater Design and Slot Setup
Other than a blue color, there is nothing much around the reels which show that Mermaid’s Pearl is set underwater. The blog above the reels does have a covering of bubbles – hinting at the theme. It is the fish designs on the symbols which really bring the theme to life. These are both colorful and characterful, providing a vivid contrast to the plain cream color of the reels. I particularly like the puffer fish, which shows a huge white belly under a green top. Playing card symbols have bubbles coming from them to fit in better with the general theme.
The only real animation you will see on the reels is the Mermaid. When you win with this (wild) symbol you get a short sequence where it becomes apparent that the portrait of the lady is a fish and not a human!
Sound effects include the standard beeps and whirrs that fans of Novomatic slots have enjoyed for many years. The vivid bubble noise with the treasure chests works best when you hit 3+, on its own this sounds a little disjointed and odd.
Mermaid’s Pearl is a 20 win-line slot, which allows you to choose a number lower than this if you wish. You can set the bet per line from 2c and up – making the smallest spin for the full set of lines just 40c. As usual with Novomatic titles you’ll get a gamble-after-win option and an auto play.
Only the huge number of free spins really makes this casino slot stand out from the crowd. With 40 as the base award, there is a lot of potential to pile up the wins. The base game is solid and enjoyable enough, with colorful fish and an effective mermaid animation too. Mermaid’s Pearl has proven popular over the years, and now has a ‘deluxe’ version with the same game play but upgraded graphics.