Intro: Game Theme
Gold and swords are the two rules every pirate learns to obey. However, the very best are aware that a third pillar exists that is equally important. Knowledge can often be the difference between failure and success. That is why our handsome Captain has us tracking down both Books and Pearls in this 2019 Gamomat release. If you hope to earn his favour and some fabulous treasure along the way, you will need to find both!
We like the pirate theme the developers have created. It is not aggressively in your face, like many slot themes often are. Instead, it is visible through available symbol designs and the gorgeous background image. It depicts a distant tropical island, which is seemingly deserted. The perfect place for a ragtag group of scoundrels to bury some treasure! The cool-looking icons like large ships and chests overflowing with gold reinforce this idea! Particularly notable are the animations, which we found to be fluid and enjoyable. It is not the most immersive game out there, but it does not need to be. The gorgeousness of this release makes it easy to forgive a few minor hiccups here and there.
- RTP: 96,06%
- Betting Range: £0.05 – £200
- Max Win: £100,000
- Similar Slots: Book of Dead, Epic Ape, Kingdoms Rise: Captain’s Treasure
How it Works
Books and Pearls is played on a five-reel board with ten flexible paylines. That said, you cannot remove the paylines as you like. Instead, you can play this title with either five or ten active paylines. Playing with five paylines lowers your winrate, but also decreases the cost of placing a bet. To win, players must collect three or more identical symbols in adjacent positions. These winnings combinations must follow an active payline and start with the leftmost reel to award their prizes. The control panel is a mixture of colourful and easy to use. Wager-related things are one colour, Max Bet is another, and spin and Auto Play are a third colour. This means you will immediately know where everything is with a single glance. You can bet from £0.05 up to £200 per spin.
Available icon designs are among the better themed symbols we have seen. Each one looks visually distinct, giving you a piece of the story. We have the ship, a treasure chest, the ship steering wheel and the anchor. You can also find the Pirate Wild, the bonus Book and the Scatter Pearl. On top of these themed icons, you also have several playing card royals. 9, 10, A, J, Q and K are bright, colourful, and completely fail to fit with the theme! We do not think this is a big deal, but your mileage may vary. The thrilling animations certainly do their part in making up for any lacklustre visual elements.
Find three or more Book symbols to win ten free spins. During this bonus, one icon will be selected to become a bonus symbol. This bonus icon wins are counted using Scatter-on-win lines instead of standard paylines. Their rewards remain the same, but the frequency of wins drastically increases! All icons can be chosen for the bonus symbols except for the Book. While the Pirate Wild can become the bonus icon, he will pay according to the Ship’s paytable instead.
On top of this special feature, there is another free spins round. You win fifteen extra turns by collecting at least three Pearl Scatters. This bonus can be retriggered, and all prizes are tripled for the duration of this round.
Finally, all wins can be gambled for extra cash prizes. You can choose to play either the Card Gamble or the Ladder Gamble. Card gambles have you guessing the colour of the facedown card. For Ladder, you have to time it so the highlighted field is above your current wager. In both cases, you can bet the entirety of your sum, or only half of it. It all comes down to how much you are willing to risk.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with this Gamomat slot. We did see a few areas it could be improved on, but they were rare. The graphics are top notch, as are the symbol animations! They help the game feel alive, and immerse you into the pirate’s fantasy. This release allows you to relive the excitement of finding a treasure chest full of gold with its mouth-watering 5000x jackpot! With multiple special features and an RTP of 96.06%, there is plenty to love about Books and Pearls. Join us as we set sail to the land of big wins!