Ice finishing is a favorite winter pastime to many due to its quiet serenity and that bit of additional challenge it has compared to fishing in warm weather.
Online gaming content supplier iSoftBet has transformed that quiet thrill of ice fishing into a quest for riches in its newest slot Fishin’ For Gold.
Aside from the more conventional ways of hitting a big win, the game offers players extra chance for an even bigger catch thanks to iSoftBet’s new Bonus Chance mechanic.
Fishin’ For Gold features a traditional 5×3 grid with 25 fixed paylines. The eight symbols on the paytable include the J-A royals as the lowest paying symbols, a distressed old boot, a bucket full of fish, a penguin, and a polar bear. The polar bear is the game’s premium symbol, paying out 40x the stake for five of a kind.
There are no wild symbols during the base game. An icon featuring a cute smiling fish appears on the reels as the Bonus Symbol. When three of these symbols land, they trigger the Bonus feature.
The Bonus mode starts with players choosing one of four animal anglers – a polar bear, penguin, walrus, and lion. Each of these anglers is located above a hole in the ice and pulls the catch. Each fish these pull stands for a free spin, while each symbol that pops up adds a wild. Some wilds feature multipliers of x2, x3, and x5.
During the Free Spins mode, players can also come across the Gone Fishing symbol. Every time players collect three Gone Fishing symbols, they get two more free spins.
The New Bonus Chance Mechanic
As mentioned earlier, iSoftBet’s new slot is the first to utilize the content studio’s newest game mechanic Bonus Chance. The feature allows players to fill up a meter every time two Bonus Symbols appear on the reels.
Bonus Chance also gives players the opportunity to spin a wheel whenever they feel inclined to do so for a chance to unlock the Free Spins game.
The bonus meter is located above the reels. It is divided into a hundred red areas. Every time two Bonus Symbols appear on the reels and are collected, one of the red zones becomes green.
As already mentioned, the meter can be triggered at any time – the more green parts it has, the higher the chance to trigger the Free Spins feature. The meter’s activation comes at a cost of one time the player’s stake.
If the needle of the wheel lands on a green zone, the Free Spins mode is unlocked. If it lands on a red area, the meter gets reset back to starting level.
Commenting to their newest game mechanic, iSoftBet Head of Games Mark Claxton said that Bonus Chance is the first of a series of new exciting tools they are planning to introduce this year and “this style of feature rewards loyalty and gives players the potential to choose their own strategy regarding when to spin the Bonus Chance wheel.”