Some slots go out of their way to deliver a breakneck pace and nonstop action. But the new release from developers Lightning Box isn’t afraid to slow things down and just let players enjoy the view. The game is called Extreme Fishing, and as the name suggest the theme is based squarely around the patient art of hooking fish. But just because the theme hints that it is okay to sit back, relax, and let the payouts come to you, it doesn’t mean there still isn’t huge payout potential.
From the artwork to the mellow soundtrack, Extreme Fishing is certainly an interesting attempt by Lightning Box to shake up the accepted slot formula. Symbol artwork includes a determined fisherman smoking a pipe, and a silhouetted figure basking under a setting sun. It does a great job of letting fishing enthusiasts get into the mind-set of the real sport, and that certainly isn’t a bad thing.
But what about the gameplay?
Even when fishing an unexpected turn of events can shake things up, and the same can be said for Extreme Fishing. The 5 reel, 3 row, high volatility slot will throw a Shark Attack special feature into the grid randomly, which adds a touch of excitement to proceedings. Don’t worry though, it turns out the shark is an ally, no matter how fierce he looks, and will simply inject a few Wilds onto the reels.
But what would a game about hooking fish be if it didn’t actually allow players to try and hook a fish? Yes Lightning Box have really gone all out in this regard, building a fishing mini-game right into the special features.
Upon 3 Bonus symbols being matched, 10 Free Spins are awarded. But, during the Free Spins if at least 3 fish icons match, the mini-game is triggered. Players will see a pair of hands holding a fishing pole, and a single reel on the right. The reel will spin, and either award a ‘reeling in’ icon, or a ‘line broke’ icon. 10 spins will play out, and if enough ‘reeling in’ icons are landed, the fish will be pulled from the water. In this case though, of course, catching the fish means a jackpot payout.
Extreme Fishing is a truly unique slot, demonstrating how creativity can turn winning payouts into something that truly resembles an adventure. Fans of real fishing now certainly have a game that they can call their very own.