Pearl Catcher Review
The ocean has been a vital source to many as it's essential for travel, growth and even inspiration. It's estimated that more than 80% of the ocean is currently unexplored leading to mysteries surrounding it.
Microgaming teamed up with All41Studios to discover the mystery of the ocean in Pearl Catcher. It turns out that there is a mermaid down there awaiting with treasure. Of course, you'll have to get through free spins to get there!
It's clear that the developers wanted to embody Disney's The Little Mermaid but did not succeed with that. The knock-off Ariel looks fine with pink hair and animates throughout the reels...but the same cannot be said for the other symbols on the reels.
In the distance, there is a castle that replicates the kingdom from the film but to a lesser degree. Similarly, the characters on the reels are quite scary with the crab and the turtle having human eyes and teeth.
To summarise, the visuals are clearly aiming to look like The Little Mermaid but instead feel like a cheap knock-off. However, the music does feel original with the soft sounds of the ocean mixed with a piano to create something refreshing and calming.
This game keeps everything simple and straightforward with only one major feature with the bonus rounds. The free spins is where everything kicks off and is the main reason to play the game.
As for the user interface, players will find all the relevant buttons surrounding the screen. At the top right of the screen, there is a bonus buy option available for players outside of the UK to purchase the free spins round.
For a modern online slot, the win potential statistics are quite outdated. On the one hand, the RTP is pretty decent at 96.40% which is over the average standard and pairs well with the high volatility level.
However, the biggest win in this slot is only 2,500x the stake which is quite low for a modern slot. High rollers looking for crazy high wins will have to look elsewhere as 2,500x the stake won't be enough for them.
The premise of this slot is definitely better than the execution. Having an underwater slot inspired by The Little Mermaid is a great idea, but the design didn't quite live up to our expectations and the gameplay felt a little basic at times.
However, we recommend this slot for newcomers to online slots looking for easy gameplay with visuals that aren't too hard on the eyes.