BetSoft never was too famous about its classic slot series so I couldn’t be disappointed in Mermaid’s Pearl at the very first time when I tried this slot because knowing the mentioned thing I didn’t have too high expectation. My initial thoughts were right as the slot doesn’t offer me any pictorial elements that I could rave about. The graphics of the slot is very poor and perhaps some could consider it as a cute interface but for me this is not what I can love and definitely not my illustrating style. The screen is too colourful for my taste and I’m not a fan of cartoon like symbol illustrations so the mermaid, pearl, palm tree, fishes are not too attractive and I can’t understand if all symbols deal with this ocean theme why Bars had to be implanted into this environment. On the other hand, sometimes it’s good and fresh feeling playing with symbols that don’t depict the conventional used symbols and I like the little background image behind the reels and the design of the game which is very decent and very usable. All in all, if I have to rate this appearance it would be closer to the ‘barely average’ quality than to be good but it’s a very subjective opinion and there’s nothing wrong if someone really like this displaying formula.
The slot is a 3-reel, 5-payline machine and the very first thing I have to mention is that I don’t really like if I’m required to use all paylines or play with maximum number of coins if I want to go after the Jackpot of the game and here this questionable behaviour is also found as the grand prize of the game which is 1000 times of line bet can be won by those players who play the game in full potential or otherwise just 750 coins is the most winnable amount. These main prizes rewarding Pearl symbol got another function, namely, to substitute for other little pictograms in winning combinations and even if there are other developers on the market who assign multiplier values to that kind of extra function but it’s always a very nice thing if we have an opportunity to play only with simple Wild, too. Unfortunately, here the Wild is limited other way and it just only replaces icons if the other two spots on the payline contain identical symbols so it can’t act as the least paying symbol and hasn’t got own paying ability if just one single Pearl appears on the reel. I consider it as a much bigger problem than not having win multiplying ability. I also dislike the fact that even though the slot employs three different Bars (single, double, triple) but doesn’t offer winning chances for them if they land on the reels in mixed formula (but at least the game does that with fish, starfish and palm tree icons if they are gathered on an active line)
Anyway, despite some of my issues the game is working correctly and I never experienced as the game drove me crazy with any unseen long cold streaks or other not too sympathic ways. The winning tendency is also acceptable and even though the Wild could be better working and should appear on the reels more frequently but the slot sometime tend to give out combinations with better paying symbols too and my personal favourite moment by playing the game came when I used just only one payline with €0.50 bet and first I got three Fish figures and €50 then two Pearls arrived on the first two reels and the third symbol was a Starfish and I was about to be angry and thought ‘why couldn’t the third symbols also a Pearl’ when 5 or 8 spins later my wished came true and the Jackpot was won and €375 was credited. This lucky situation happened with me here just only once but needless to say it was a very pleasant surprise and it really made my day.
Even if I dislike the look of the game and find sometimes a little bit childish and despite some of my issues about game segment but I still have to recognize this is a good mini game where we can play in correct environment and I think this is one of the most important thing especially if we can feel that in a classic slot machine. I won’t recommend Mermaid’s Pearl to play simple because in my opinion the slot hasn’t got all that abilities what should have to be considered as an overall very great product and even in my case it couldn’t become a personal favourite classic slot and very probably it won’t do that ever but it got my respect because of its solid working system and rewarding ability.