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Caribbean Pearls

American Gaming Systems

Caribbean Pearls

This is perhaps the most prominent of the AGS pachinko-style slots. The base game is a normal five-reel, 27-line or 40-line video slot, but the top box displays a pegboard that gives the player a “fair” bonus game—the only variables are the bonus amounts in the bottom chutes; the actual bonus award the player receives is based on gravity and chance alone as a pinball falls through the pegs. The multiple progressive award is based on the same principle.

AGS wraps this pachinko game in an island theme with multiple traditional slot-style bonuses, beginning with random base-game events such as the “Hyper Wild Super Spin.” The player will be prompted to choose two among 11 shells to reveal reel symbols. The chosen symbols will then be added to a special set of reels, along with wild symbols, for a special free spin round.

Another mini-event is “Shells on the Beach.” Payers are prompted to choose shells to reveal the possible prizes placed in the bottom chutes for a free pachinko-ball drop. One of the chutes is marked to win all the designated amounts. Again, players have as good a shot at the “all” chute as any others.

The “Wilds Dropping In” bonus is triggered when one “Mystery Wilds” symbol lands on the third reel. The player will be awarded a number of wild symbols, which will then populate the reels and pay all wins.

The main bonuses include a free-spin event and a pachinko game on the big board. In the “Spinning Pearls Free Spins,” three or more shells on the reels trigger a choice by the player of a credit amount or at least nine free spins. The free spins can be re-triggered within the event.

The primary “Jackpot Drop” bonus, available only when playing the maximum bet, is triggered by thee or more Pearl Drop symbols on the reels. The subsequent pachinko drop results in one of the five progressive jackpots, with an equal shot at prize resets ranging from $20 to the top $1,000.

Manufacturer: American Gaming Systems
Platform: Roadrunner
Format: Five-reel, 27-line or 40-line video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 200, 250
Top Award: Progressive; $1,000 reset
Hit Frequency: 54.55%, 56.04%
Theoretical Hold: 5.57%—14.52%

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