Gus Goes Fishin’ Slot Review 2024

Everyone’s favourite Gold diggin’ legend is back and this time he’s taking some much-needed R&R in iSoftBet’s latest release, Gus Goes Fishin’!

Gold Diggin’ Gus has cashed in all his Gold and booked himself a well-deserved break for some sun, sea, and a spot of fishing. iSoftBet’s Gold Diggin’ Gus first graced our screens in 2020, and since then has become a much-loved character with players who have fallen for the series.

Swapping out his cowboy outfit for a colourful Hawaiian shirt, will Gus have as much luck on the water as he does deep in the Mines? Let’s play on and find out!

Gus Goes Fishin' Base Game

Gus Goes Fishin’ Base Game and Features

Gus Goes Fishin’ is a 5-reel slot with 20 fixed pay lines. Winning combinations are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols land from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel.

The minimum bet available here is £.€0.20 per spin and the maximum bet available is £.€20 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two. Gus Goes Fishin’ has a theoretical RTP of 96.00%.

In terms of symbols, the highest-paying regular symbol here is the Tacklebox, followed by the Boot, Starfish, and Worm. Low-paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, and Jack. Collect Wilds substitute for all symbols except Fish and Scatters.

Game Provider iSoftBet
Maximum Bet 20
Maximum Win 5,840x
Paylines 20
Release Date 06/09/2023
RTP 96.00%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility High
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.20

Big Catch Side Bet

Before you can begin spinning, you will be given the option to activate the Big Catch Side Bet feature. Choosing to activate this feature will increase your current bet by 50%.

Once active, your chances of triggering the Deep Spins Bonus and Fishin’ Bonanza Modifiers are naturally higher.  The Big Catch Side Bet does not increase the paytable.

Please note, the Big Catch Side Bet is built into the Bonus Buy option, so for those within the UK this feature may not be available to you.

Fish Collect

During the base game, special Fish symbols with random values can land anywhere across the reels. During both the base game and Deep Spins, Fish symbols are paid when landing at the same time as a Wild Collect symbol.

  • Blue Fish – Land with a random value of x1, x2, x3, x5, x7, and x10.
  • Big Fish – Land with a random Jackpot Prize of Mini, Major, and Mega, awarding 25x, 50x, and 100x your bet respectively.

In addition to this, Sticky Golden Fish symbols are present in the Deep Spins Bonus only and are equipped with a random value between x1, x2, x3, x5, x7, and x10.

Fishin’ Bonanza Modifiers

During any random spin in the base game, up to 3 special Fishin’ Bonanza Modifiers can trigger to award the following.

  • Reel ‘Em In – On any spin where Fish symbols appear without a Wild Collect symbol, Gus will automatically collect all Fish values in view.
  • Big Catch – During any random spin, Gus can award a random Multiplier of x2, x3, or x5 that is applied to all wins from that spin, including Fish symbols. Both Big Catch and Reel ‘Em In modifiers can trigger on the same spin.
  • Bonus Boost – Landing 2 Scatters during any one spin can trigger the Bonus Boost modifier. Once this happens, Gus can add an extra Scatter to the reels, triggering the Deep Spins Bonus.

Gus Goes Fishin’ – Deep Spins

Landing 3, 4, or 5 Scatters during the base game or Bonus Boost modifier triggers the Deep Spins Bonus, awarding 8, 10, and 12 Free Spins respectively.

During Deep Spins, each time a Fish symbol is collected via the Wild Collect symbol, it will contribute towards a Multiplier Progress Meter. When enough  Fish symbols are collected, the next available Multiplier will be activated from the next spin onwards, until the end of the Deep Spins round.

Multiplier values are applied to all Fish symbols including Big Fish and Sticky Golden Fish symbols.

  • 8 Fish – Awards a x2 Multiplier. 
  • 16 Fish – Awards a x5 Multiplier. 
  • 24 Fish – Awards a x10 Multiplier. 

In addition to this, each time a Wild Collect symbol lands in view, it will contribute towards an Extra Spins Progress Meter. Landing 5, 10, and 15 Wilds will award an additional +4 Free Spins respectively.

Sticky Golden Fish

Sticky Golden Fish symbols, when in view, will stick to the reels until the end of the Deep Spins Bonus and can be collected multiple times. Only 1 Golden Fish symbol can land during the Deep Spins Bonus.

Gus Goes Fishin' Deep Spins

Gus Goes Fishin’ Bonus Buy

Those outside the UK will benefit from a Bonus Buy option. iSoftBet has granted players access to 3 Bonus Buy options, as follows.

  • Big Catch Side Bet – Increases your chances of triggering the Deep Spins Bonus and Fishin’ Bonanza Modifiers for a total cost of 0.5x your bet per spin.
  • Deep Spins – Triggers the Bonus round for a total cost of 60x your bet. 
  • Golden Deep Spins – Triggers the Deep Spins Bonus with 12 Free Spins and a guaranteed Sticky Golden Fish for a total cost of 200x your bet.

Gus Goes Fishin' Bonus Buy

Gus Goes Fishin’: Our Verdict

Gus Goes Fishin’ gives off Crabbin’ Crazy vibes, minus the crabs. Not only is Gus Goes Fishin’ similar to 2 of iSoftBet’s own titles, but it’s also reminiscent of Reel Kingdom’s Big Bass Bonanza series during the Free Spins round.

Having strong similarities to these games is not necessarily a bad thing in our minds, given how hugely successful the Big Bass Bonanza series is, including the fishing theme.

iSoftBet throws us straight into the action with multiple Fishin’ Bonanza Modifiers that can trigger at random. All 3 of these Modifiers are unique to themselves, but the Big Catch Modifier that delivers a random Multiplier of up to x5 seems to be the best of the bunch.

During Free Spins, collecting Fish symbols will help you climb the Multiplier Meter, where Fish symbols will take on new Multipliers that open up even more potential.

In addition to this, there is a separate Meter for additional Free Spins. Triggering additional Free Spins seems a lot easier due to the fact you only need 4 Wild Collect symbols to land in order to get them.

The Sticky Golden Fish symbols are also an added bonus here, but the only downside to this is that you are only able to have 1 of these present on the reels during the entire Deep Spins Bonus.

All in all, Gus Goes Fishin’ nets Gus a well-deserved break from the mines with a game that feels well-built and exciting to those with a soft spot for fishing slots.