Released: June, 2016
Some themes are more commonly used in online games than others, and one of the less common is that of fishing. Although a popular pastime for many, it isn’t normally seen as the site of a slot machine, that is until Microgaming created Reel Spinner.
When the game first loads, you won’t be blown away by the graphics, for they are quite basic when compared with some of the other visuals that can be found from other slot machines. That being said, they’re incredibly colourful and have a rustic charm about them that is very in-keeping with the subject matter being utilised in this particular title.
Furthermore, all the symbols are unique to the activity and do not rely on generic card symbols, an element avid players of these type of games will fully appreciate. The experience feels more personalised when all the icons are crafted perfectly to capture the essence of the title.
In regards to the format, the reels are presented on a 3×5 grid consisting of 5-reels and 15 paylines, a coupling that isn’t that common when playing these type of activities. That being said, the title is still easy to understand and play, therefore making it a good all rounder regardless of your skill.
To begin playing you need to bet a minimum of 15 coins on each payline, and can work your way up to £11.25 (an unusual amount) if you so wish; the larger the bets you put down the better returns you can expect later on. By paying an amount between that range, you can aim for the big 8,000 credits jackpot, which is a lovely sum for any player to win. If you’re going to get there though there’s some features and symbols you need to look out for, such as the scatter.
When three or more scatters appear along your reels a free spins bonus will activate which consists of not one but two parts. In the first ‘level’ of this mini game you need to decide on the boat which to use to find those fish, and in doing so you’ll be given a set number of spins. Once this is done the second section of the feature will begin in which a fishing reel presents itself; by reeling this in you will uncover the multiplier added onto your spins.
All in all players are presented with a game that has low to medium variance, meaning there are just enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but not too many that you’re confused or overwhelmed. You can get big wins if you land the right icons and catch the correct multipliers, so there will be no end of reasons to keep you coming back for more. What lets this game down (obviously) is the graphics – they just lack impact, which isn’t very in-keeping with Microgaming who are known for turning out beautifully rendered titles. Still, the lack of exceptional aesthetics can be overlooked for the most part.