Paradise Found is a slot set within the peaceful surroundings of the Himalayan mountains. The game is all about the adventures of an explorer aiming to find an idyllic place to stay. The scenery in the backdrop of the game shows that he might just have achieved his aim. On the reels you’ll find the explorer himself accompanied by a mountain yak, along with artefacts and dwellings from the region.
Alongside a wild and a scatter symbol, you’ll find a unique free spins bonus round. Although the use of the word ‘spins’ might be misleading, as none of the reels actually spin. Instead the wild symbol moves around the reels, awarding win after win.
This MicroGaming design is a five-reel slot, with each of the reels showing three symbols when they come to a stop. The game has a total of 20 win-lines and players can choose to play however many of the 20 they want. Wins are paid from left to right and you’ll win when landing three or more matching symbols in a row.
The trusty mountain yak is the highest paying symbol in the game. The yak is jet black in colour and carries a heavy pack for the explorer. Land the yak five times in a row and 1,000 coins are yours. An ornate metal lantern is next on the pay table and is worth 750 coins for the max five in a row. The next high paying symbol is a golden goblet which has a magical air about it. Blue shimmering lights emit from the top of the goblet, making you wonder if the symbol is a reference to the ‘holy grail’.
Smaller prizes come from the standard playing cards 10, J, Q and K. The King and Queen have top prizes of 100 coins, while the 10 and Jack pay 50 coins.
The explorer acts as the scatter symbol. This bearded individual wears a wide-brimmed hat and carries a rope on his shoulder. Unlike scatters at many five-reel slots, there is no feature attached to it. However, the rewards for this symbol are high. Land 2, 3 or 4 anywhere on the reels and you’ll win 2x, 5x or 10x your stake. Land the maximum five and you’ll win 100x your stake. If you are playing all 20 win-lines, this represents the biggest win available in the game.
The lotus symbol acts as the wild in the game and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter. The wild only appears on reel one. This symbol also plays a central role in the ‘Wild Lotus Feature’. This feature is activated when you land the wild symbol on reel one, alongside a symbol showing a mountain dwelling on reel five.
You’ll now enter a free spins round with a difference. The reels will remain exactly as they are, with the wild symbol on reel one. Now you’ll receive 10 ‘spins’. Instead of the reels spinning, the wild orchid will now appear in a random position on reels 2, 3 or 4. Each movement of the wild will see a guaranteed win, making this a feature you’ll certainly want to hit. The spin which activates the feature is all-important, as lining up those big paying symbols can mean a series of large wins.
The setting for Paradise Found is certainly idyllic. Large snow-peaked mountains range in the distance, while sloping green fields are in the foreground. The reels have a sandstone backing, giving the slot a professional looking design, which is matched by the sharp looking symbols. The standout symbol is the golden goblet, while the game features impressive animation when you win with the wild symbol. The sound in Paradise Found features the simple clicking of the reels and appropriate beeps when you win – a more theme-related sound would have elevated the game further.
Paradise Found is a slot which will appeal to many players. The impressive visuals throughout the game do a fine job of transporting you to the historical region of Tibet. The gameplay has some unique touches too. You have a wild which also acts as a bonus symbol, while the explorer scatter symbol offers up big winning opportunities. The feature is highly original, where each of the ‘spins’ is guaranteed to pay.