Enchanted underwater realm
A magical ocean realm is the setting here. The action takes place on the ocean floor with the reels backed by swaying aquatic plant life. Joining the lower value A to 10 symbols on the reels are assorted fish, a diver’s helmet, a clipper-style ship, an underwater city a male sea monster and a female mermaid. Payouts of 33.33 times your stake are on offer if you land 25 of the latter on 1 of the game’s 30 paylines.
The other symbol you’ll see spinning around the reels is the pearl shell. These can either be blank or turn into a wild when they hit on the middle 3 reels. They’re also the key to unlocking the game’s Pearls Respin feature. The pearl shells spin in stacked formation. Land 2 or 3 of them on the same spin and you can look forward to 5 or 7 respins.
The stacked symbols lock in position and respin to reveal blank or wild pearls. Better still, the wild pearls can come with 2x and 3x multiplier attached. The perfect scenario is to land more than 1 wild multiplier in the same winning line as those multipliers are combined. For example, land a 2x and 3x multiplier wild in the same sinner and the payout is boosted by 6x. Land a trio of 3x wild multipliers for a bumper 27x boost!
The waters in Stacks of Pearls aren’t the choppiest as far as variance is concerned. The volatility is in the medium range. The base game can seem a little on the flat side but the game can spring into life when you trigger the respins. The multipliers wilds can really get things moving here with wins of 2,059 times your stake on every respin.
Design wise, Stacks of Pearls sits in the middle of the pack. The comic book visuals are solid enough and the backing track has some lovely moments. If you like the aquatic myth and legend theme, then these waters should be pretty alluring – Push Gaming’s Razor Shark is a more volatile and potentially rewarding option though.