For no specific reason whatsoever…other than the fact that we quite like them…we’ve decided to once again return to aquatic-themed slots for today’s rundown. We’ve been putting both Fish and Chips and Frog Grog through their paces – two cute, quirky and colourful slots that prove how weird can indeed be quite wonderful!
Fish and Chips
First up, we’ve the team at Pariplay to thank for Fish and Chips, which rather than a greasy take-away joint takes the action beneath the waves of the deep blue sea. Spins are available from as little as 25p, there are 25 paylines to play for and Fish and Chips is compatible with pretty much every mobile and desktop devices out there. It might come across as a little on the silly side, but there’s actually far more depth here than initially meets the eye.
Visually, it all looks great – the soundtrack likewise fits the bill pretty perfectly. Along with the usual playing card values, symbols include a starfish, anchor, treasure map and a delightfully happy looking crab. And it’s this cheerful fellow that could send you swimming home with the biggest prize of all during normal play – five in a row netting you an instant cash prize of 1,000 coins.
The wild symbol takes the form of the sea snake, which can replace any symbol in the game with the exceptions of the scatter and bonus symbols. If you manage to line up between two and five wilds, you’ll be handed a prize worth anything from 2X to 5,000X your bet. There’s also a shark seemingly enjoying his champagne, which is the scatter symbol worth anything up to 30X your stake, depending on how many you land.
And let’s not forget the octopus symbol, which is what you’ll be needing to make your way over to the Lucky Reef Bonus feature. Land at least three and you’ll be presented with a new screen and a bunch of oyster shells, hiding all manner of cash prizes. It’s a simple pick-me round where you’ll get to choose from the various shells in front of you, in order to see what you’ll be walking away with prize-wise.
The only slight problem with Fish and Chips is that it looks so good and delivers so much enjoyment when you get started with the base game, you immediately expect there to be tons of depth and countless bonus features. Which as you can see, there just aren’t. The basic gameplay is great, the features it does bring to the table are nice enough and it has the kind of medium variance to satisfy most. Definitely worth a few spins, but you might find yourself (like us) wondering if Fish and Chips couldn’t have been so much better with a handful of additional features.
The answer being, yes…yes it could!
Next up, Frog Grog takes place less at the bottom of the deep blue sea and more in some kind of wild and wacky laboratory. Thunderkick delivered the goods this time around in the form of a five-reel slot with 23 paylines to play for, spins starting from just 10p each and a delightful burping frog as the undisputed star of the show.
Once again, Thunderkick has created an entirely unusual slot which nonetheless has the kind of depth and detail that belies first impressions. First and foremost, anyone with a taste for dropping symbols will be pleased to hear that this is the primary Frog Grog feature during normal play. Every time a winning combination is hit, the symbols disappear from the reels and are replaced with those from above. But what’s even better is the way in which each consecutive win is also subject to a multiplier, which gradually increases with each winning line up to a maximum of 7X. So even during the base game, there’s plenty of scope for big wins.
The wild symbol takes the form of a frog and can be used in place of any other symbol in the game. Should this frog wild appear in any winning line, this opens up the Frog Burp feature where every symbol on the same row and reel is removed and replaced. The burping frog turns a delightful shade of blue and remains wild until a winning combination is formed.
Last but not least, there’s also the chance of being transported to the Mystery Game feature on a completely random basis after every unsuccessful spin during normal play. When this happens, every symbol apart from the moth, the flower and the wild frog disappear from the reels, which in turn means the highest possible chance of striking a lucrative winning combination. Even better, the same consecutive wins multiplier up to a maximum of 7X also applies during this Mystery Game feature.
What’s most interesting about Frog Grog is the way in which they’ve kept bonus rounds and features to comparative minimums, but have nonetheless engineered them to make every single spin genuinely enjoyable. There will always be those who won’t even consider a slot that doesn’t have a free spins bonus round – the thing about Frog Grog being that it really doesn’t need one! It’s a rare example of the kind of well-designed slot where the base game is just as enjoyable as many comparable bonus features found elsewhere.