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Wild Catch Slot Review


How would you like to indulge in a sport of fishing? If that sounds ideal but you can’t quite head out into the wilds to cast a fly to try and land yourself that catch of a lifetime, then maybe there is another alternative with the release of the new Stormcraft Studios slot, Wild Catch, which was released on the Microgaming network recently.

Based in the wilds of North America, perhaps Canada or Alaska, this game is packed to the brim with features as the lakes and ponds of this great wilderness are teeming with fish.

So how does this 5×5 reel, 50 pay line slot which features Rolling Reels in both the base game and Free Spins (plus multiplier trails in the Free Spins bonus rounds) shape up? Is this game going to be a catch of a lifetime, or will it be the one that got away?

We decided to take a closer look to find out.

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Let’s now take a closer look at the Wild Catch slot and see what it has to offer.

Key Information for the Wild Catch game

  • Developed By – Stormcraft Studios (for Microgaming)
  • Mobile – Yes
  • Number of Reels – 5×5
  • Number of Pay Lines – 50 Pay Lines
  • Minimum Bet – 0.20
  • Maximum Bet – 20.00
  • Free Spins Bonus? – Yes (3)
  • Other Bonuses? –  Yes
  • Standard Jackpot – 9,000x
  • Progressive? – No
  • Volatility? – High

The first thing to note about the Wild Catch slot is that it is a higher volatility game, which means a mix of lower value wins, but the chance to land a very large win from time to time. The top jackpot in the game is 9,000x your bet, but you can also win a Wild Jackpot of up to 1000x your bet too. There is also Rolling Reels in operation on the reels and three different Free Spins bonuses, which you must unlock one after the other.

In short, Wild Catch is packed to the brim with features, but it is how these features are put together which will eventually define the success of a slot or not. So let’s take a look at how the game plays in more detail, starting with the presentation of the slot.

Theme and Presentation

Microgaming have released a number of fishing-themed slots over the years, but none are quite so elegantly produced as the Wild Catch slot. The graphics and soundtrack are simple and relaxing, which is precisely the atmosphere most fishermen and slots gamers crave. The reels sit in the middle of this tranquil scene and they are a 5×5 set up with stacked symbols on all the reels allowing you to win multiple times across the 50 pay lines in play.

Rolling Reels is also in play in the base game and in Free Spins (where it also has a multiplier trail attached as we will explore below) and you can trigger more than one win from a single spin thanks to this bonus. Wins are on the small side at times, with a low win of a tenth of your bet, however by combining wins using the game features, some much higher value wins can be landed.

Symbols

One pleasing aspect to note of the Wild Catch slot is that the designers have done away with the Playing Card low symbols and instead everything on the reels is linked to fishing and the effect is much better. Lower value symbols start with items of fishing equipments, such as a couple of different flies, a spinning reel and a basket and net.

Higher value symbols include scenes of people fishing as well as two lucky fishing people who have landed large brown and rainbow trout, with the chap holding the rainbow trout offering the biggest base game win,

Wild Symbol

The Wild Catch symbol is the in game Wild and this appears only on the middle three reels. However, the symbol is stacked on these symbols and you can land super-stacks of them during the base game and in Free Spins. They are used only as replacement symbols but are key to landing many of the regular base game wins.

There is also the Splashing Wild bonus which is triggered at random in the base game. When this happens, one reel will turn completely Wild and you will be guaranteed a win. It will also remain in place until the feature ends and can trigger additional wins on the reels in these successive spins, some of which can be sizeable wins.

The final Wild bonus is the Wild Jackpots. These are shown on the left of the reels and offer prizes of 100x your bet, 5x your bet and 2x your bet for the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes. You can win these jackpots on any spin you land a Wild in. This gives you a random chance to trigger a win on any of the three jackpot prizes.

Free Spins Bonus

Three of the Golden Fish Scatter symbols will see you launch the Free Spins bonus game. In this bonus, you have three Free Spins games to play through, but you must play through them in order.

In the first bonus, you have 15 Free Spins and the multiplier trail on offer in this bonus is the lowest value at 1x, 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x the standard value for successive Rolling Reels wins. Furthermore, after each spin your Stacks of Wild symbols on the reels increase by one.

After you have played through the first bonus five times, you can then access the second bonus. This is 10 Free Spins with a higher value multiplier, 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x and 15x the standard wins. In addition, your Wild Stacks increase by two symbols.

Finally, after you have played the second bonus five times, you can launch the third bonus game which sees just 5 Free Spins awarded but a much higher multiplier trail of 3x, 5x, 10x, 15x and 25x the standard win and your Wild Stacks increase by three symbols after each spin in this game.

Once you have played each bonus game five times, you can then select which one you want to play one each subsequent trigger of the bonus.

Other Bonuses and Information

Other than the bonuses above, there are no other bonuses available on the Wild Catch slot game. Of the bonuses, the Wild symbol is the most frequently triggered followed by the Splashing Wilds. The Free Spins bonus can take a fair amount of time to trigger, but when it does some of the cash amounts that can be won are excellent.

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Editor's Review

The Wild Catch slot is a great example of how you can cram an immense amount of features into a game, yet still have it eminently playable and enjoyable. The Rolling Reels feature is a key one and works very well in the base game and Free Spins but it is the Free Spins bonuses, the Wild Jackpots and randomly triggered Wild bonus that really brings the game to life and makes this one of the best releases of the year, or indeed of any year. Quite simply, this is a must-play slot.

Where can I play?bet365 Games
Number of playlines?50
Number of reels?5
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer?Stormcraft Studios