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Just when you thought Swintt’s fan favourite Pearl feature couldn’t get any more exciting, the sought-after software provider has once again up the ante with a new and improved version of the popular bonus round in its latest Premium slot release, Jackbox Pearl Upgrade.

Being part of the SwinttPremium collection, the game once again features the staple fruit symbols and iconic casino sounds that have made the series such a huge hit with players, with cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, grapes and lucky red sevens all jostling for space with those all-important pearl icons.

Initially played out across three reels and five fixed paylines, the real fun begins whenever double pearl symbols appear in all three columns. Whenever this happens, the reels will split into a new 6×3 format, with all triggering pearls remaining locked in place in their respective positions as the feature begins.

Players will now receive three free spins to get them started as they begin spinning on a new gameboard that only contains pearl values and jackpot prizes.

Whenever a new pearl appears during a spin, the counter will reset back to its starting amount, with the feature only ending when all available spins have been used or all 18-reel spaces have been completely filled with prize amounts.

At first, prizes can range from 1 to 100x the selected bet or one of the Minor, Major or Maxi jackpots displayed above the reels, but this being Jackbox Pearl Upgrade, the feature comes with an additional twist.

Now whenever a purple pearl symbol appears, it has the power to upgrade the value of all pearls on the same row, column, or both, with these increases growing substantially larger with each upgrade.

Not only that, but if players do manage to achieve the aforementioned 18-reel space full table win, they’ll automatically activate the slot’s 1,000x Mega jackpot on top of any other regular wins they’ve collected during the bonus, with this resulting in potentially huge prize payouts on each feature trigger.

As a final couple of sweeteners, players who don’t wish to try their luck at triggering Pearl Free Spins during the base game can instantly enter the bonus for an extra stake by using the ‘Buy Feature Games’ button and any wins collected in either mode can be increased in an optional ‘Risk’ card picking game.

David Mann, chief executive officer at Swintt, said: “While our SwinttPremium slots have certainly proved a huge hit with players, one feature that undoubtedly stands alone in terms of its popularity is the Pearl Feature – and in Jackbox Pearl Upgrade, we’ve taken this exciting bonus round to all-new heights!

“Now, not only can players collect instant cash prizes, local jackpots and gigantic full table wins, but any purple pearl symbol that appears has the power to upgrade all collected payouts even further. As such, we expect this innovative twist on the classic Pearl Feature mechanic to be a major success with new players and existing Premium fans alike when the slot goes live at our partner casinos this month”.

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