4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt Slot Review 2023 | 4ThePlayer
Yggdrasil Gaming partner 4ThePlayer is flying us to Egypt in search of more valuable fish in their latest release, 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt!
Get ready to reel in Egypt’s biggest-ever fish in the underwater Tombs of the Pharaohs. 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt brings forth the Sarcophagus symbol to 4ThePlayer’s Money Ways mechanic.
Be ready to reel in Cash Prizes on Fish symbols, or win them through win ways, but will you be able to catch the most valuable fish of them all? Keep an eye out for the Giant Squid, who will meddle with your catch for all the right reasons, swapping fish symbols to create even bigger wins.
4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt is a follow-on from everyone’s favourite and most popular 4ThePlayer title, 4 Fantastic Fish released in June 2022. 4ThePlayer is known for their quirky and innovative games that are full to the brim with exciting mechanics and features, sprinkled with crisp graphics and interesting themes.
The original 4 Fantastic Fish had us hooked from start to finish, but will the sequel have us falling hook, line, and sinker? Let’s play on and find out!
4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt Base Game and Features
4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt is a 6-reel slot with 4,096 ways to win. Winning combinations are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols (or 2 or more of the three highest-paying symbols) land from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel.
The minimum bet available here is £.€0.10 per spin and the maximum bet available is £.€80 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two. This game has a theoretical RTP of 96.00% and a max win cap of 15,000x.
In terms of symbols, the highest-paying regular symbol here is Cleopatra, followed by the Seagull, Cat, Fishing Rod, and Tacklebox. Low-paying symbols are standard Ace, king, Queen, Jack, and Ten. Wilds substitute for all other symbols except Scatters.
Big Reel Portrait Mode
Seen multiple times in other 4Thelayer titles, 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt has the Big Reel Portrait Mode available to players using a Mobile device.
When playing in portrait mode, you can choose to play on the Classic reel layout or Big Reel Portrait Mode. In big reels mode, the reels are stacked on top of each other, spinning right to left and paying from top to bottom.
Cash Ways Feature
During both the base game and Free Spins round, Fish symbols can land across the reels in any position. Each fish symbol will appear with a random Cash Prize subject to the reel they appear on.
- Reel 1 – Fish Cash Prizes between 0.1x and 1.8x your bet.
- Reel 2 – Fish Cash Prizes between 0.6x and 3x your bet.
- Reel 3 – Fish Cash Prizes between 1.5x and 5x your bet.
- Reel 4 – Fish Cash Prizes between 2.5x and 10x your bet.
- Reel 5 – Fish Cash Prizes between 5x and 25x your bet.
- Reel 6 – Fish Cash Prizes between 10x and 50x your bet.
All Fish symbol Cash Prizes will be awarded if they form a winning combination as per any other regular way win, on adjacent reels from left to right. When this happens, any Fish symbols involved in the win will award the total Cash Prize shown on them.
In addition to this, special Big Game Fish can appear on Reel 6 only, each with their own unique Cash Prize as follows.
- Big Fish – Awards 100x your bet.
- Super Fish – Awards 500x your current bet.
- Mega Fish – Awards 2,000x your bet.
- Ultra Fish – Awards 10,000x your bet.
Connecting these Big Game Fish symbols to a regular Fish symbol win line will award the corresponding big game fish Cash Prize.
During any random spin in the base game, a very helpful Giant Squid can appear at random. Once it does, it will rearrange certain Fish symbols in order to create or improve a winning combination.
During the Respin Bonus, the Giant Squid may move a Fish symbol from a locked reel onto an unlocked reel, locking it in place.
Landing a Sarcophagus symbol in the base game will automatically Collect all Cash Prizes from any present Fish symbols, regardless of whether or not they form a winning combination.
During the Respin Bonus, the Sarcophagus symbol will have multiple effects which will explore in the next section of this review.
4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt Respins Bonus
Landing 3 or more Scatters across the reels triggers the Respin Bonus, awarding 3 Respins.
Each reel that a Scatter symbol lands on will remain unlocked, and all other reels will be locked. Any Fish symbols in view on the triggering spin will also be locked in their position, only if they land on an unlocked reel.
During the Respin Bonus, if any new Fish symbols land on an unlocked reel, they too will be locked in their positions. If during this round a Scatter symbol lands on a locked reel, it will automatically unlock for subsequent Respins.
Each time a new Fish symbol becomes sticky or a Scatter symbol unlocks a locked reel, the remaining Respins will be reset back to 3.
If an unlocked reel is completely filled with sticky Fish symbols, a Shark will swim up from the bottom of the reel and Collect all current Cash Prizes from the Fish symbols.
The total Cash Prize amount will then be multiplied by x2 and held above the respective reel. The other reel positions will then be unlocked again for new Fish symbols to land in.
During the Respin Bonus, the Sarcophagus symbol can land in view at random, opening up to reveal one of the following Icons.
- Squid Icon – Activates the Giant Squid feature, which will randomly swap any Cash Prizes that have landed on locked reels during this particular Respin, to other positions on unlocked reels.
- Shark Icon – Activates the Shark feature on a reel that has not been filled with locked Cash Prizes. During this time, the Shark will appear with a random Multiplier value that is then applied to all Collect Cash Prizes. The Skeleton symbol with the collected and multiplied value will appear above the reel that the Shark swims up.
- Collect Icon – The Sarcophagus symbol will collect a random Value equal to all the other Cash Prizes in view combined.
- Incrementor Icon – Appears with a random Cash Value attached to it. All other locked Cash Prizes will be increased by this Cash value. The original Cash value will be awarded with all other Cash Prizes at the end of the feature.
4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt Bonus Buy
Those outside the UK will benefit from a Bonus Buy option. 4ThePlayer has granted players access to 2 Bonus Buy options as follows.
- Respin Bonus – Triggers the Respin Bonus for a total cost of 75x your current bet.
- Collect Feature – Guarantees 1 Collect Sarcophagus symbol and at least 1 Cash Fish symbol for a total cost of 30x your current bet.
4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt: Our Verdict
4 Fantastic Fish stands out as the very best of fishing slots in our opinion. It took away the frustrations of conventional fishing slots in the most refreshing way, and it left us wondering why somebody didn’t make them this way sooner.
It sounds a little dramatic, but fish symbols with exponential values that meant nothing in the base game really dampened the experience, and waiting for a fisherman (who was often quite inept at fishing) to pop up came with frustrations too.
When we first saw 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt, we expected it to be no better, but no worse, than 4 Fantastic Fish. We should have known better because 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt has significant additions to make it even better than an already great game.
The Sarcophagus Symbol is unique to 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt, and it dramatically improves gameplay in the base game, and even more so in Free Spins. It has a range of exciting functions in Free Spins to make it a real contender as a replacement for your current favourite fishing game and with a 15,000x maximum win cap it outperforms many other fishing slots.
Pragmatic Play might have more renown than 4ThePlayer in the world of iGaming, but does that alone make Big Bass Bonanza and its sister slots better than 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt? We don’t think so.
Innovation is at the heart of what 4ThePlayer does, and it shows in 4 Fantastic Fish in Egypt.