A slot with an ocean or aquatic theme is always popular, as the chance to escape for a bit of sea air is almost irresistible. Dolphin’s Pearl is no exception, offering players the chance to enjoy some sanctity by the ocean, or even right at the bottom of it.
On the reels there’s a host of marine life waiting to play from crabs to dolphins and of course, the oysters complete with silky pearl waiting in its luxurious bed.
Although the line-up may sound tantalising, in reality the graphics are somewhat disappointing. They are 2D and lacking anything special, even though they’re far from primitive or unplayable. Other than the dolphin which captures a real spirit of the ocean, all the other images are fairly dull and predictable.
Enjoy Your Freebies
Dolphin’s Pearl doesn’t offer any kind of bonus feature so it’s a good job there’s some extras on the reels to help improve your chances.
Despite being a sea-dwelling creature, dolphins are renowned for their friendliness to humans and that once again proves to be the case with this game.
On the reels, the dolphin is the wild, which means that it can not only substitute for other symbols and create more matches, but it also provides a x2 multiplier for any wins. But the dolphin has even more in store, because if you manage to match five on an active payline, you’ll hit the top prize and scoop a cool 81,000 coins.
But just like the title implies, it’s all about the dolphins and the pearls, and if you land three of the latter, then you’ll win some free spins. The pearl is the scatter and if three appear anywhere on the screen you’ll be given 15 free turns during which any wins will be x3.
What’s particularly great is that this free spin bonus can be re triggered during these games, extending the bonus further. Playing this slot would seem to suggest that once this bonus is triggered, it can actually go on for a very long time as retriggers are relatively common!
Choosing Your Bet
A game with high volatility, Dolphin’s Pearl offers some good prizes but you won’t have to bet too much to play the reels.
With just nine paylines, and a minimum coin value of 0.05 you can begin play from 0.45 per spin. You can increase the value of the coins up to 10.00, giving a total max bet of 90.00 if you’ve got a bigger budget.
Just like many other Novomatic titles, you’ll find the Gamble feature present here, with the standard card game on offer. If you choose to risk it, you’ll be picking from red or black cards in a simple game of chance, attempting to correctly guess which is the next one to be turned over. You could double your winnings but there’s also the chance that you’ll have to forfeit your prize too so not an option for the faint of heart!
If you’re a fan of Novomatic you may well recognise this format, as there’s little to differentiate it from many of the other titles in the library such as Book of Ra. And if you’ve Sea Sirens, you’ll find an even closer similarity.
For fans of the classic playing format and high volatility but in search of something slightly different, Thunderstruck and Karaoke Party from Microgaming offer many similar features but with a fresher feel.
Dive for Treasure
Dolphin’s Pearl by Novomatic was first released in 2011 and has proven to be one of their most popular underwater-themed games. So much so in fact that they’ve released an updated deluxe version since.
Players who are well acquainted with Novomatic may find this game a little repetitive but the free spins feature offers the opportunity to really ramp up the wins without spending huge amounts of cash.