So here we are again, wishing that summer wasn’t over, so that we could take another vacation to go scuba diving in some beautiful cove along the pacific coast. Since that is not happening, at least we are pleased that we have Pacific Paradise to help us with that feeling of despair.
All you have to do now is strap your oxygen tank on your back, and take a dive with us. We assure that you will get the chance to witness a huge variety of fish and other magnificent sea creatures. In a way, this will be more fun than our dream vacation, knowing that this dive will cost us way less, and we might end up deep pockets when we surface back from the dive!
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|Release Date||September 2015|
|Casino||Mr Green Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.1%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 720 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||60p – £300|
|Free Spins||Up to 16 free spins|
|Features||720 ways to win, Multiway Extra, Double Symbol|
|Pros||High rewards with free spins|
|Cons||Bet options are too high, sub-par graphics|
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Here is the only thing you need to know about Pacific Paradise: there are 720 paylines! The caveat is that betting is fixed at 720 ways. As a result, each spin costs a bit more than usual. The minimum wager costs 60p – if you start off with £10, that’d be gone in a quick 16 spins. Of course, if you’re feeling extra lucky, Pacific Paradise accepts bets up to £300 per spin.
In line with underwater theme, the reels of Pacific Paradise are populated with many different varieties of fish. Each fish symbol comes in two varieties: single symbols and Dual Symbols. In the latter, two fish occur within the same space. When the Dual symbols form part of a winning combination, your winnings are doubled!
Pacific Paradise includes three slot features, which are the MultiWay Xtra Feature, Stacked Wilds and Free Spins. Each feature is dictated by a set of thorough and complicated rules, but I’ll try and explain it to whomever that is interested in the specifics.
MultiWay Xtra rewards players for two things:
- Symbols that are aligned across the screen, from left to right, or right to left
- Symbols that are stacked on top of each other within a single column
Here is an example:
|Column 2||Column 3||Column 4||
First, there’s the traditional payline with four Ace/Wild symbols in a row. According to the paytable, this combination pays 15 coins. Then, there are four Wild symbols stacked in Column 3; this multiplies your winnings by four! Hence, your final payout for this would calculated such: 15 coins X 4 = 60 coins!
Stacked wilds increases your chances of winning. As its name suggests, wild symbols appear in groups of four or more; on reels 2, 3 and 4. Better yet, all wild symbols count as Dual Symbols. To refresh your memory, Dual Symbols pay out double the winnings.
Free spins are also on offer in Pacific Paradise. To score these, you need to trigger 5 bonus symbols (jellyfish) on consecutive reels. Should you ever happen upon these, you would be awarded 10 free spins and a cash prize! The paytable governing the free spins mode is also richer than that of the base game – every winning combination in the free spins mode pays out more than usual! It is also possible to trigger another free spins bonus during the free spin mode, albeit highly unlikely.
While all of these features sound promising, I did not walk away with hearty winnings. The slot is configured such that these features are infrequent. Since each spin cost 60p to play, I ran out of money sooner than I had won any. It was a highly unsatisfying gaming session.
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In typical IGT fashion, Pacific Paradise has a semi-realistic, semi-cartoon aesthetic. Take the clownfish for example: it is nothing like the cute Nemo in Disney’s Finding Nemo movie; it is also nothing like the real thing. There is a slightly eerie blank stare and fluttering fins too.
This artistic direction is similar across all IGT slots, such as the polar bears in Siberian Storm and the wild cats in Prowling Panther. However, aesthetics aside, Pacific Paradise runs well on all devices. Players can choose from three graphics settings depending on the strength of your device processor and your Wi-Fi connection.
Having played hundreds of slots in my career as a reviewer, I can confidently say that a good story line usually trumps game mechanics. Successful slots draw its players in with a good story, such as planting sunflowers and harvesting cash in Bumper Crop. On the other end of the spectrum, there are games with complicated rules, like that of Pacific Paradise.
It is obvious that the game developers had expended hours of effort in configuring the mathematical algorithm, but it is hard to appreciate that as a player. I would rather have flying fish soar across my reels and Machine Gun Unicorns, than try to understand the MultiWay Xtra payouts.
It is unlikely that Pacific Paradise will make waves in mobile casinos. Here are three reasons why. One, each bet is too expensive. Two, the rules and game mechanics are unnecessarily complicated; worse yet, they do not translate into tangible wins. Three, the graphics are sub-par.