Fishing and playing slots have a lot in common as there is some time you spend waiting. Yet, nowadays slots themed after fishing are not so many. The latest iSoftBet release is inspired by it and the difference is that the action takes place on the ice. It is a high volatility game. Its the main attractions and chances to pocket wins are concentrated in the bonus round.
iSoftBet plans the release of Fishin’ for Gold for the 23rd of January. It is an icy slot with cute characters. The action is centred around fishing in freezing conditions. You will see polar bears, golden fish, penguins and other characters that will be your helpers to riches. The game includes wild multipliers and more booster during free spins. There is an option to try to win the bonus game through a gamble and several other features.
iSoftBet used the traditional setup with 5 reels, 3 rows and 25 fixed pay-lines. You can choose a wager from 0.25 to 25 credits to play the slot with on all kinds of hand-held and desktop devices. The gameplay during the base mode is simple. You win from 3 to 5 matching symbols on a line. The most exciting stage of the game is the bonus round. It is unconventional and includes wilds that may have multipliers of up to x5. There are many chances to win more free spins and score better wins.
Fishin’ for Gold has an RTP that isn’t confirmed yet but iSoftBet revealed that it will be in the range of from 95% to 97%. The volatility is also not confirmed but the testing of the game shows that it is likely to be high. Regardless of how cute the slot plays and looks, its variance makes it a bit tough ride. The jackpot win that a player can take is estimated at around 5,000 times the stake or £125,000 at the most.
The visual performance of the game is nice with cartoon design, bright and nice colours. The backdrop is icy and in blue and white prevailing. You will see ice and water in the base game and during free spins, there are icicles on what appears to be a cave. On the reels, you will see creatures from the north and south hemispheres.
There is a cute southern penguin, a bucket of fish, a white northern polar bear. You can land a large boot and golden fish bonus symbols. These land along with card symbols in candy and icy bright colours. The soundtrack is jolly and in a high spirit, which matches the cute characters. This makes the game seem warmer despite the icy theme.
There are 8 symbols in the slot and here are the usual J to A playing cards. The high-value symbols are much more attractive. They include a classic boot, a bucket full of fish, a southern penguin and a northern polar bear. The latter is the most rewarding symbol. Landing 5 on a pay-line of the polar bear gives you 40 times your stake.
During the base game, wilds don’t land, but during free spins, they make things more interesting. To win you need to match 3 to 5 symbols on a pay-line. The gameplay is very easy and simple.
In the base game, landing two of the golden fish bonus symbols adds them to the Bonus Chance Meter. You will see it on the top right of the screen. This meter is divided into 100 red segments and each pair of bonus symbols makes one of them green. To fill it fully you need to land 100 pairs of bonus symbols.
You can activate the meter at any stage of the gameplay and this will cost you a 1x stake. Once you do, a needle will be spun and if it lands on the green section, you trigger the Bonus Game. If it lands on a red section you don’t win the Bonus Game and the meter resets to its initial point.
Hit 3 bonus symbols of the golden fish in one spin to trigger the Fishin’ For Gold Bonus. This is the normal way to activate it if you don’t want to wait to fill the meter or pay a stake to spin the needle. You will have a pick of one out of 4 keen animal anglers: a penguin, polar bear, walrus or an unhappy-looking lion.
The gameplay of the bonus round is quite unconventional and original. Each of these four characters sits over a hole in the ice. It will be waiting for its catch pulling and reeling in whenever they get one. Each fish they pull in will reward you a free spin.
Whenever they pull up a symbol you will win a wild added to the game. Some of the wilds include a multiplier of x2, x3 or x5, which boost your winnings. When you get more than one wild in a paying combination, their values are added together and ensure better wins.
There is one more modifier in the bonus game. Every time you see the Gone Fishing symbol you will collect it and having 3 of them gives you 2 extra free spins. So, the chances and ways to add more free rounds are several.
Fishin’ for Gold is different in many ways. Its most attractive rewards can be yours during the bonus game. You activate it with 3 scatters, by filling the Bonus Chance Meter or paying x1 stake and spin the needle. Once you do, you can relish in increased win potential. This is done with the help of x2, x3 and x5 wild multipliers and extra free spins.
The more you play the more you fill the meter and increase your chances to activate the Bonus game. The slot ensures not many payouts and not very frequently. They are in larger amounts which are likely to attract mainly high rollers. Yet its volatility, RTP and jackpot win aren’t confirmed so, it may be suitable for other gamblers as well.