Enough information has been provided about this slot, including, in most cases a demo version which has allowed us to fully try the slot and complete the review.
Grab yourselves a fishing rod, Yggdrasil partner, 4ThePlayer is giving us the chance to reel in some big wins in their latest release, 4 Fantastic Fish!
4ThePlayer are one of the more innovative providers with titles that dare to push the boundaries with weird and wonderful mechanics and ideas, but first impressions of 4 Fantastic Fish doesn’t quite give off the usual impression.
However, looks can be deceiving, and we’ll bet that there’s a lot more to 4 Fantastic Fish than meets the eye.
Summer is approaching, so let’s grab a cold one and go fishing.
4 Fantastic Fish has a variety of betting options for players to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available here is £/€0.10 per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€80 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.
High paying symbols include Tackle Boxes, Fishing Reels, Fish, Crabs and Seagulls, and low paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten.
Wilds substitute for all symbols except Scatter symbols.
4 Fantastic Fish is a 6 reel slot with 4,096 ways to win. In order to form a winning combination, you will need to connect 3 or more (or 2 or more of the highest paying symbols) from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.
There is plenty to keep you busy in 4 Fantastic Fish, including a Cash Ways feature with the occasional helping hand from a Giant Squid, along with a Big Game Jackpot Fish feature with 4 thrilling Jackpots up for grabs! More on these below.
Given the theme and title of this slot, it makes sense that the Fish symbols have an important role to play.
Fish symbols can appear on all 6 reels, each equipped with their own unique Cash value between 0.2x and 100x. Like Big Bass Bonanza, the bigger the fish, the bigger the Cash Prizes!
When 3 or more Fish symbols form a winning combination, the Cash Ways feature is triggered and each of the Fish symbols Cash Values is added together and awarded.
It seems very difficult to get those pesky Fish symbols to form a winning combination, missing more times than not. Thankfully 4ThePlayer has thrown in a Giant Squid to help with our current fish dilema!
Every so often a Squid will pop up from the bottom of the reel set, using its tentacles to reposition 1 or more of the Fish symbols to either improve a current Cash Ways win or create one.
During the base game, you will come across 4 special Fish symbols exclusive to Reel 6. If you land a winning combination of Fish symbols that happens to connect with 1 of 4 special Fish symbols on reel 6, you will be awarded the corresponding Jackpot Prize.
Although not a feature, 4ThePlayer has thrown in a Big Reel Portrait Mode for players using a Mobile device.
When playing on a Mobile device in portrait, you will be able to choose the layout of the reel set. You can choose to play on the Classic layout with regular reels or Big Reel Portrait Mode.
By activating Big Reels Portrait Mode, the reels are stacked on top of eachother, spinning right to left and paying top to bottom.
Landing 3 or more Scatters in any position on the reels, triggers the Respins round, awarding 3 Respins. Each additonal Scatter after the initial 3 will unlock one of the reels.
Once triggered, each reel that has a Scatter symbol on it will remain in play, whilst all other reels will become locked. The locked reels can be unlocked by landing a Scatter symbol in view on that particular reel.
Each time a Fish symbol lands on an unlocked reel, it will become Sticky and remain fixed in its position for the duration of Respins, resetting the Respins counter back to 3. Filling an entire reel top to bottom with Fish symbols will trigger the Shark feature.
Once an entire reel is filled with Fish symbols, the Shark feature will automatically trigger.
Once this happens, a Shark will swim up from the bottom of the reel and Collect all Cash Prizes from the awarded Fish symbols. The total amount collected by the Shark will then be Multiplied by x2, and fixed in the top position of the reel. The other positions on that reel will be reopened for more Fish symbols to land.
The Giant Squid may also make an appearance and lend a helping tentacle, moving a Fish symbol from a locked reel position to an unlocked one, which locks into position and resets the Respins counter to 3.
For those outside the UK, you may benefit from a Bonus Buy option.
This can be purchased for a generous 60x your current bet.
There is certainly no shortage of underwater/fishing themed slots on the market, and now 4ThePlayer has thrown their hat into the ring…or rod into the water, for their own fishing rendition.
4ThePlayer may or may not have got a little of their inspiration from Fishin’ Frenzy, but as a whole, 4 Fantastic Fish couldn’t be more different in all of the right ways. The base game offers lots of excitement via its great features, with Cash Ways and the Big Game Jackpot Fish.
But why should you play 4 Fantastic Fish when you can stick to the tried and true Fishin’ Frenzy?
4ThePlayer has gone to great lengths to ensure that some of the frustrations of conventional fishing games are all but gone. The Giant Squid Feature and the payout of Fish Values within the Base Games really gives 4 Fantastic Fish the kind of features that we’ve been yearning for, and it really is appreciated from a player perspective.
In terms of statistics, 4 Fantastic Fish is looking pretty good with a bang on average RTP of 96.00% and an even better maximum win capacity of 15,000x.
4 Fantastic Fish is easy to underestimate; us ourselves didn’t see its full potential until we really put it through its paces. The connection of Fish symbols is a simple, yet ingenious move from 4ThePlayer. Many fishing games before 4 Fantastic Fish had these values, but they didn’t mean anything until Free Spins.
As mentioned, Fish payouts are available at any stage in the game, and not long after its release we’ve already seen some crazy hits, including a crazy ultra hit that resulted in a 10,000x payout for a lucky UK player.
Overall, if you’re looking for a fishing slot, then we dare say that 4 Fantastic Fish is the best out there at the moment, beating even the likes of Fishin’ Frenzy and Big Bass Bonanza.