Princess of Paradise Slots
High 5 Games released the Princess of Paradise slot game in 2009. The game draws inspiration from adventure stories set in the wild jungles of Africa, Asia, and South America where lost cities and temples are guarded by secret warriors, wild animals, and the jungles themselves.
Princess of Paradise uses split symbols to make players' experiences more interesting. The Bonus game also brings a different set of reels to the gaming experience.
The game was originally released to land-based casinos but has since been launched on the Web, in mobile apps, and through RMG Online.
Gameplay Features and Mechanics
High 5 Games' Princess of Paradise is a 5-reel, 3-row video slot game with 30 pay lines. Prizes are paid only from left to right. The game's jungle theme is expressed through the tile backgrounds, the game screen background, and the characters of the high- and mid-value symbols used in the game.
Princess of Paradise uses split symbols, where some of the tiles have double value, thus reducing the number of required adjacent tiles to form winning combinations while increasing the number of possible winning combinations.
There are two special symbols in the game:
- The Wild, which is the Princess of Paradise logo
- The Bonus Game trigger, which is a golden flower
The Wild symbol substitutes for all others symbols in the game except the golden flower. It's also the highest value tile in the game. The maximum winning combination of five of a kind on any active pay line pays 10,000 credits.
Credits are valued at 0.01, which technically makes Princess of Paradise a penny slot. Awarded prizes are denoted in whole credits which are then multiplied by the Bet per line amount.
The golden flower also acts as a Scatter symbol and it is the only symbol that awards a prize in terms of a multiple of the full bet. If four Scatter symbols result from a spin the player is awarded twice their bet as the Scatter prize.
The Princess can appear in winning combinations ranging from 3 adjacent tiles to 10. This is accomplished on 5 reels with the split (double) symbols. You'll see two girls on a single tile. The lowest prize is for 3 of a kind and pays 10 credits per pay line on which the winning combination occurs. The highest prize is 2500 credits per pay line on which the winning combination occurs.
The Orangutan, Cheetah, Zebra, and Parrot are the next four high-value symbols. Their prizes range from 10 to 1000 credits per pay line. Each of these symbols can appear as a single or double (split) symbol.
The four remaining symbols are low-value and consist of the "A", "K", "Q", and "J". Each uses a stylized background of jungle leaves.
The game controls line the bottom of the screen. From left to right they are:
- Lines (pay lines)
Use the up and down arrows to scroll through 1, 5, 9, 15, and 30.
- Per line (bet)
Use the up and down arrows to scroll through 0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, and 10.00. You'll see the total amount of your next wager to the right of the Bet Per Line control.
The Credits window displays the total of the last spin's prizes and your remaining available credits.
The Replay button allows you to watch the previous spin again. This feature is popular with players who like to share pictures and videos of their big wins.
- Question mark
This brings up the pay table (help screen system), which consists of 19 screens. The first screen up explains how the bonus game is triggered.
The sound control toggles the volume on or off. With online versions of the game you'll be able to adjust your machine's volume but in a land-based casino you only have the two choices.
- Auto Play
This button is standard on all High 5 Games video slots. Clicking on the button allows you to choose from 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 games. The wager amount is deducted from your available credits at the beginning of each spin. The Auto Play button serves as its own Stop button so that you can prevent the game from depleting your balance if you forget to adjust your bet amount.
The Spin button counts down the remaining spins in your auto play. It also acts as a Stop button for animations, which play automatically when you win prizes. You cannot change the outcome of a spin by clicking Stop. The results of each spin are determined as soon as you click Spin. Using the Stop feature just saves time by quickly ending or preventing the animations from playing.
In a land-based casino, you should reset the betting options as soon as you sit down at a machine to avoid making wagers higher than you normally would. The machines do not reset. Online versions of the game default to 30 active pay lines with a low bet-per-line value.
Triggering the Bonus Round
The Bonus Game is triggered by one of several combinations of the Scatter symbol (the golden flower). This symbol only appears on reels 2, 3, and 4. You need at least 5 flowers to initiate the Bonus Game. You can get a maximum of 6 flowers, but if you roll up 5 or 6 flowers the Scatter prize is only paid for the first four. When you enter the bonus game music starts playing and the game's background screen is replaced by a new image of a lost city.
The number of Free Spins you win is determined by how many flowers initiate the game.
- 5 flowers awards you 5 free spins
- 6 flowers awards you 10 free spins
The Bonus Game uses a different set of reels from the regular game. The game cannot be re-triggered from within itself so there are no golden flowers in the free spins.
The Wild symbol still substitutes for everything else.
The Orangutan in the regular game is replaced by a Chimpanzee symbol but it pays the same amount as the regular symbol.
A Hippopotamus symbol replaces the regular game's Cheetah, a Giraffe replaces the regular game's Zebra, and a Flamingo replaces the Parrot.
The background for the "A", "K", "Q", and "J" becomes a stone wall.
As an older game Princess of Paradise lacks some of the more interesting features of slots games that High 5 released after 2011 but it does fall into the category of early evolutionary video slot games that were getting away from the simple multi-pay line penny slots. The complicated Scatter/Free Games rules represent an experimental phase in game design that has given way to a less confusing structure in more up-to-date games.
Nonetheless if you enjoy playing High 5 Games' more recent slot machines you should easily be able to understand how Princess of Paradise works. The split symbols and reel restrictions are still used in later game designs. The game also celebrates big wins with a fireworks display, which is also characteristic of later games. You really won't find much missing from this game's style compared to more recent games, except that there are far fewer animations. The tiles merely flash at you when they contribute to prizes on active pay lines.
There is something to be said for looking at jungle flowers and foliage. It can be relaxing and non-threatening in a potentially stressful environment. Most players should enjoy Princess of Paradise unless they just want to experience something new.