Burpee, When you get all the pearls, the game gives you a game disc, called the pearl game. It was like your save game disc. I didn't get anywhere with it. Maybe that's what the Yo Yo Pearl competition is.
I enjoyed the game and sure was not in a hurry to finish it fast. I'm like you, I didn't know there was a time issue on the game. If I had, I still wouldn't have gone any faster.
I know, I raced that 4th race over 100 times.
I'm going to forget about the Pearl game and play Syberia 2, if it ever gets here.