When I first read the title of this new slot, Golden Fish Tank, I groaned and complained – not another slot with a terrible theme! Why would any adult want to play among cartoon fishes? What treasures could possibly be found in an aquarium? Thankfully, my disgust left quite quickly. Very soon after I started playing, I realized that the game offers many Wild symbols, a few of them in every other spin.
I also learnt about the interesting feature picks. Before every free spins round, players get to pick 3-5 features to enhance the game. These range from cash multipliers to Sticky Wilds. There’s a whole lot of winning to be done!
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|Release Date||February 2016|
|Casino||Vera and John Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.9%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 20 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||20p – £40|
|Free Spins||Up to 15 free spins|
|Features||Free Spins, Wild Symbols, Multipliers|
|Pros||Packed with fun features|
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Golden Fish Tank has 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 fixed paylines. The Return to Player rate is 95.9% during the base game and 96.4% during the Golden Bet feature. Spins range from 20p to £40 per spin. Golden fish tank also promises up to 250x increase when you do get a combination of symbols.
There’s a Wild symbol that substitutes for all symbols except Free Spins. One thing that really struck me as I played Golden Fish Tank was how often the Wild symbols appeared! They appear much more often than other slots.
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Free Spins are awarded based on the number of Free Spin symbols you collect in a single spin. Three symbols gives 6 free spins; four symbols gives 8 free spins and five symbols trigger 10 free spins. Now, before the free spin rounds begin, you’ll first be taken to a little treasure cove with seashells and random vessels spread out over the aquarium floor. Here, you’ll choose a few feature picks to enhance your gameplay during the free spins:
- Extra Free Spins – You get extra 2 or 4 free spins
- Cash Multiplier – A 2x multiplier is applied to all wins during the free spin rounds
- Temporary Wild – One of the fish symbols is designated as a Wild for the duration of the free spin rounds
- Sticky Wild – A wild symbol is added to the game area and stays in that position during the entire free spin session
- Random Wild – One or two wild symbols are added to each free spin
- Stacked Symbols – One of the fish species is stacked on the reels
The number of features you get to pick at a time depends on the number of free spins that triggered the round – anywhere between three to five features at a time. You’re picking with your eyes closed and you don’t get to choose a specific set of features you’re going to get. The combined effect of few feature picks at once is real nice.
The second feature is called the Golden Bet. I recommend that you play it when you’re about 10 spins in and getting slightly bored. Click the +5 button next to the Spin button and activate the Golden Bet feature. You’re now betting 20% more than a regular spin to boost the game’s payout percentage to 96.4%.
You’ll also get to pick one additional feature during free spins. I personally doubt that the increased stakes are worth it. From an economic perspective, you’re only getting a 0.5% increase in the payout percentage and spending 20% more.
From the emotional perspective, it’s a quite fun. Since you’re now risking more per spin, your adrenaline levels spikes for a little while though.
I’ve got to give it to Yggdrasil for pulling such a cheesy theme off. They’ve taken an awful theme like “Golden Fish Tank” and actually made it look sophisticated! The symbols have a very polished look about them and the animations are especially delightful. There’s bubbles popping and water swooshing accompanying every win.
As I was playing Golden Fish Tank, I noticed some small technical improvements. Try clicking/tapping any symbol on the reels and a mini-paytable will be displayed. This is handy to check which symbols are high-value and which aren’t. You can also adjust the spin-speed in the game and configure a bunch of AutoPlay settings (e.g. stop Autoplay when cash decreases by £X or when you’ve hit a single win of at least £Y). These improvements are incredibly functional. Yggdrasil has pushed the bar for slots just slightly higher.
There’s more than meets the eye in the Golden Fish Tank slot. The kiddy fishes line up often and puts money in your wallet. Free spins are regular occurences. Within the seashells lay cash multipliers, free spins, profitable Wilds and stacked symbols.
It’s quite a profitable slot and that’s all that matters in the world of slots. Please don’t fall for the Golden Bet trap though! It’s fine to play a few riskier bets for the thrill of it. However, it does not improve your chances very much and you’ll run through your bankroll too quickly.