Fishin’ Frenzy Even Bigger Catch Review
The first time that we encountered Fishin’ Frenzy was in 2014 when it made a huge splash in the online bingo and casino scene as one of the first fishing-themed online slots.
The first time that we encountered Fishin’ Frenzy was in 2014 when it made a huge splash in the online bingo and casino scene as one of the first fishing-themed online slots. After the theme proved an instant hit with players around the world, more software developers quickly followed suit, including Pragmatic Play which created a very similar offering called Big Bass Bonanza.
The original Fishin’ Frenzy slot has gone on to spawn a series of exciting sequels including a Jackpot King version and a Megaways version. The latest incarnation of the game is Fishin’ Frenzy Even Bigger Catch, and as its name suggests, the winning potential this time around is bigger and better than ever before.
In this 5-reel, 10-payline game, you get paid by creating winning lines of symbols, with the top payout proving to be particularly tasty at 50,000 times your bet (or £250,000). To make it easier to create winning combinations, there’s a wild symbol, which can only appear in the Free Spins Bonus. Plus, this time the wild symbol can award Golden Multipliers. The scatter symbol helps you to dive into the sole (pardon the pun) bonus feature where you can reel in fish in collaboration with the Fisherman symbol to gain extra cash rewards.
How to Play
With the Fishin’ Frenzy Even Bigger Catch online slot, you can’t choose how many paylines you wish to play with. Instead, the maximum number of paylines (10) are always active, which means that the minimum stake that you can place on any spin is 10p.
To begin playing, you need to bring up the Stake Select panel where you can choose a stake from one of the following options: £0.10, £0.20, £0.30, £0.40, £0.50, £0.60, £0.80, £1.00, £1.20, £1.40, £1.60, £1.80, £2.00, £2.50, £3.00, £3.50, £4.00, £4.50, £5.00, £7.50, £10.00, or £20.00,
The slot uses 5 reels and 10 paylines, and you can form winning combinations by landing 3 or more of the same symbol from left to right on the same payline, starting with reel 1. The only exception is the scatter symbol which pays out a prize regardless of where it lands on the reels provided there are at least 2 in view.
There are various buttons that you can use between spins, including the paytable and rules (the 3 horizontal white lines), the Stake Select panel (the 2 piles of coins), and the sounds (the amp).
The symbols on the reels of this game are:
- Golden Fisherman
- Fishing Rod
- Tackle Box
- Assorted Fish
- A, K, Q, J, 10
Although Fishin’ Frenzy Even Bigger Catch does not offer a progressive or fixed jackpot, it does offer a top payout of 50,000 times your total stake or £250,000 in cash.
The Free Spins Bonus is the only special feature in the game, but as it comes with various enhancements, it’s by far the best bit of the game.
The fish symbols that you encounter in the base game often have cash amounts next to them, and while they can’t award the values that are advertised in the base game, their cash values are important once the Free Spins Bonus is triggered.
There are two wild symbols in Fishin’ Frenzy Even Bigger Catch. One is golden in colour and the other is plain blue. Both of them can substitute for all other symbols, but they only appear in the Free Games Feature and not the base game. The wilds are also the most valuable of all the paytable symbols.
Free Spins Bonus
The Free Games Feature is triggered when 3 or more Boat scatter symbols land anywhere in view. The number of free spins that you receive depends on the number of triggering scatters:
- 3 scatters = 10 free spins
- 4 scatters = 15 free spins
- 5 scatters = 20 free spins
Once the Free Games Feature has started, the two wild symbols (the regular fisherman and the golden fisherman) come into play. While neither symbol is guaranteed to land on any spin, when one does appear, it automatically collects all the cash values that are displayed by any fish symbols that are currently present anywhere on the reels. The prizes are then multiplied by your total bet.
As you might expect, the golden fisherman comes with better benefits than the regular wild. Each time that it appears, you get to pick from 3 fish as part of a mini-bonus game, each of which comes with a random multiplier of up to x10.
In addition, if you manage to land 4 regular, 4 golden or 4 combined regular and golden wild symbols before the Free Games Feature ends, the fish of the lowest value are upgraded, and you’re also awarded an additional 5 free spins.
Graphics and Sounds
While the symbols and the background are still in keeping with the first Fishin’ Frenzy slot, the game screen seems larger, giving the feeling that you’re gently bobbing in the sea wearing a snorkel that lets you see both above and below the water.
The aquatic-themed paytable symbols and the image of the sea that fills the screen behind the reels are well-executed and fun. With respect to the game sounds, they’re quite minimal and clunky and more in keeping with an old-school pub fruit machine.
Fishin’ Frenzy Even Bigger Catch is a great addition to Blueprint Gaming’s Fishin’ Frenzy series of slots. While it might not offer as many ways to win as Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways, the enhanced prizes that are available and the use of not one, but two wild symbols make it a brilliant choice of game in our eyes.
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Jennifer is a writer with over five years of experience in the online casino industry. She has a First Class Honours in Media and Journalism and specialises in writing online casino reviews, slot reviews and gambling news content. Digital marketing, SEO and public relations are also other areas of interest for Jennifer and she has worked across these industries before setting up her own content company.