You know this must be something to do with rural life because there’s a misplaced apostrophe. That’s right, that’s all we yokels out in the boonies do, drop our “gs” and mispronounce everything!
Ok, so minor rant out of the way, what we have here is a very classic looking game from Reel Time Gaming, (developed by Merkur) that also uses some of the latest techs to deliver some nice gameplay in a simple framework.
Cartoon graphics bring to life a world of fish and fisherfolk and the birds who try to cash in on the catch too. Should you cast in and try to catch a big win here? Let’s find out more in our Fishin Frenzy slot review!
Fishin Frenzy slot machine is a five-reel game with three rows of symbols to give a set of 15 symbols on the playing screen.
There are 10 pay-lines that are all marked out on the reels with coloured tabs.
Let’s take a look at the pay-table. The bottom line of the table is filled with our old friends the card symbols from 10 to Ace. These all pay multiples of your stake as follows: five times for three, 25 times for four, and 100 times for five.
Above these are a pair of fishing symbols, a lifesaver and a tackle box, which both pay 20-times stake for three, 100 times for four, and a full set produces a win of 500-times your stake.
Next up is the fishing rod and reel. Three of these pays 30 times stake, four pays 150, and 5 pays 1,000. Above this is the pelican. These payout from just two of a kind: which is worth 5-times stake, three of them are worth 50, four is 200, and five is worth 2,000.
The fish symbols pay 10 for three, 50 for four, and 200 for five.
There is a scatter of a fishing boat. That pays in free spins: 10 for three, 15 for four, and 20 for five.
Fish also count extra in bonus rounds when they can interact with the wild, a fisherman (dressed terribly as is the rule).
The fisherman symbol pays 10 for two, 100 for three, 500 for four, and 5,000 for five. It can substitute for any other symbol (except the scatter or the bonus), and he can collect cash prizes from fish that are on the reels when he lands – these are worth from 20 to 500.
The theoretical return to player is 96.12%, which is pretty good by modern standards. Betting is controlled by a total, with the bet-per-line being automatically calculated. It goes from 0.10 to 400 coins – i.e. 10 line bets of 40 coins – but make sure you check the maximums and the values of the coins on the site where you’re playing.
At first glance, the Fishin’ Frenzy slot machine looks kind of simplistic and even unsophisticated. In fact, it’s a really nicely designed game in visual terms.
No, it does not have the big animated intros and moving characters of some games, but all of the symbols are delivered in a very nice graphical style – the fish even look a bit nervous! – and the backdrop sets a mellow, chilled-out tone for the game.
The controls are in the modern style and look great.
Simple look and simple to play! The betting – as we’ve said – is controlled with a simple scale of totals, which you set at the left-hand side of the screen. A big green spin button floats to the right of the reel. Below that is the auto-spin option that has detailed controls to allow to set not just the number of plays but also a loss limit and a win limit to stop the reels.
The menus are hidden behind a triple-line symbol, with a two-page pay-table, sound control and a help option that opens a new window. The basic information is along the bottom of the screen, where your credit, the bet-per-line, and total bet are listed from left to right.
This is a tale of two companies. Merkur Gaming has developed the game, and it is available through Reel Time Gaming, who is a major-league player in the gaming world, both on cabinet games in real life casinos and the online casino world.
Merkur Gaming is also a massive company, part of the German-based Gauselmann Group, who employ 12,500 people in total.
Ultimately, Merkur makes a ton of games including Magic Monk Rasputin, Eye of Horus, Spirit of the South and 221B Baker Street.
The main things that players need to worry about are that these are trustworthy and licensed companies that you can count on to deliver not just a good experience, but a fair and operational one.
If you had any doubts about fishing – or fishin’ if you prefer – as the basis for a slot then maybe Fishin’ Frenzy slot will make you change your mind.
This is a good-looking game – it sounds good too – that uses the latest developments in gaming controls to deliver a simple but playable experience that’s especially good on mobile phones and smaller screens. The simpler design, lack of fancy cut screens and animation effects are perfect for playing on smaller screens where detail is less important.
The gameplay is very good too. There are scatters, wilds and a very generous free spins round – who doesn’t love 20 free spins! There’s variety in the main game too, with wilds and scatters working well and with the fishing extra being a nicely judged and themed extra.
We’ll warn you here of reviews that offer you tips or tricks to win at a particular game, because Fishin’ Frenzy, like all slots, is very simple – it’s random. We loved the Fishin’ Frenzy slot game, it delivers a good experience with generous figures on a great range of betting.
Even if you want to go nowhere near a cold, wet creature you might be tempted to jump on board of this excellent slot.