Fishing Frenzy Megaways
Blueprint Gaming has gone retro with this April 2019 Fishing Frenzy Megaways™ slot release, adding some serious grunt to their original 2014 release ‘Fishing Frenzy’.
Of course, this isn’t the first old title to receive the Megaways™ treatment with the likes of NextGen’s Medusa, or Blueprint’s own Slots O’ Gold already well-established revamps.
Fishing Frenzy initially came with just the 10 pay lines and was a rather simplistic affair. The Megaways™ version has a rather more substantial 15,625 ways to pay – but pay lines aside, is it any less simplistic?
Fishing Frenzy Megaways™ is a highly volatile affair with 6 reels, each with up to 5 symbols on any spin. The big wins are almost exclusively going to come from the free spins round where the special fish symbols each come with cash values up to 50x the stake. This slot also benefits from a buy-a-bonus feature.
The game comes with an RTP of 96.10%, a max win of 10,000x the stake. You can play Fishing Frenzy Megaways™ at participating casinos from €0.10 up to €10 a spin.
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Design & Symbols
As this slot is based on a previous release there wasn’t an awful lot for the design team to work on. Keeping the look as close as possible to the original slot is the order of the day here in the hope that the ‘retro’ look will give the design a little cache, which, to be fair, it does.
The action takes place just below the surface of the ocean, with seawater surrounding the rectangular game board, flanked on either side by a rock or coral structure.
Low-value symbols are the standard 10-A royals. High-value symbols are a fishing tackle, lifebelts, fishing rods, and seagulls. The seagull is the highest paying symbol, awarding 200x the bet size for 6 adjacent symbols.
Special fish symbols also appear, paying 10x for 6 of a kind - but a lot more in the bonus game. The scatter is a yacht and the wild is a Fisherman. Like the fish symbols, the Fisherman has additional significance come to the free spins round, but we’ll get onto that later.
Fishing Frenzy isn’t exactly overflowing with special features but of course, as with any other Megaways slot, it does benefit from a free spins bonus round. There is also a buy-a-bonus option.
Land 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters for 10, 15, 25, or 50 free spins. The free spin round mirrors the base game round with one major exception. In the bonus round the fish symbols have a cash value attached of up to 50x the stake.
These cash values come into play whenever the Fisherman appears during the same spin as any fish symbols. When the two combine the Fisherman will cast his rod and drag all the fish symbols on the board (not just those forming part of a winning combo) and all the cash values will be added to create a sizeable win.
If more Fishermen land on the same spin the cash wins will be added again for each additional Fisherman.
You can avoid the base game entirely and buy straight into the bonus game by paying 10x the stake. This will obviously increase your volatility considerably but can pay big rewards.
Fishing Frenzy Megaways Summary
While Fishing Frenzy Megaways™ is undoubtedly a significant improvement on the original; I can’t help but feel it could have been better. Of course, the design and graphics are rather dated, but that is excusable given that it is simply an upgrade on the original.
The potential doesn't let this slot down either, 10,000x is a big enough prize to tempt any win chaser. It’s the gameplay which falls a little bit flat. The base (and bonus) game wins are just too low to ever get excited over.
There are no cascading reels, no-win streaks, and no increasing win multipliers during free spins. This makes playing in the base game specifically, a bit of a drain.
This game is literally all about the fish and the fisherman during the bonus round and is undoubtedly where the best part of the RTP comes from. To offer some positivity here, this is a superb feature which, and often does pay handsomely.
Personally, I would have preferred the action to be spread around a little more to spare the tedium and disappointment of the base game wins. However, I’m sure fans of the original will