Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ is an exciting, fishing-themed slot game from Blueprint Gaming, released in April 2019. Although it takes a minimalist approach to the Megaways™ engine, this game still packs some interesting features. Want to try the latest version instead? Take a look at our Fishin’ Frenzy The Big Catch Megaways™ review.
Graphics & Sounds: 75%
Bonus Features: 70%
Overall score: 80%
The UK-based Blueprint Gaming studio is a veteran of the gaming industry, having been established way back in 2001 and flourishing in the late ’00s and early ’10s. Apart from their work with online casino slot games, Blueprints’ prints can be found on over 100,000 land-based gaming terminals in the UK, Germany, and Italy.
In 2018, Blueprint Gaming took another step toward additional success by signing a deal with Big Time Gaming, thereby gaining access to the latter’s incredibly popular Megaways™ game engine which we all know and love.
Buffalo Rising Megaways™ was one of Blueprint’s first big hits using the Megaways™ engine. Buffalo Rising Megaways™ was released in October 2018, and they haven’t looked back since! Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ is a relatively early Megaways™ release for them, finding its way to players’ screens in April 2019.
The game itself is a Megaways™ reimagining of an earlier slot that Blueprint had released called Fishin’ Frenzy. That original game featured just 10 paylines – a meagre amount compared to the 15,625 ways to win that Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ offers.
As far as casino games go, while we’ve seen plenty of underwater-themed slots, we can’t say that the fishing theme has been particularly prevalent. Blueprint seems to have noticed a lack in the Megaways™ slot market, and Fishin Frenzy Megaways™ was born – or, um, hatched?
Blueprint has chosen to keep things visually simple and uncluttered. Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ definitely doesn’t hoard an excess of visual elements on screen.
The six main reels sit front and centre on top of a background depicting a seabed, with the surface visible up top. Each reel can show up to a maximum of 5 symbols. A controls cluster sits on the right-hand-side, while a Megaways™ ways-to-win number sits up top.
While the design work in itself is certainly nothing astounding, the visuals are well done and consistent. Animations are also smooth and polished, as they should be, with no visible judders or hang ups.
Unfortunately, we can’t say we were partial to the sound design of this game. For some reason Blueprint has decided to go with the sound effects of a classic slot machine for this fishing-themed title. It was a real head-scratcher for us, but hey, there’s always the mute button… was that too harsh?
Unfortunately, the off-theme nature of this game’s design elements continues as Blueprint Gaming has chosen to go for 10 to Ace Royals for the low-paying symbols. We suppose we shouldn’t be too hard on them for this, as it’s an industry norm to go for card symbols.
For the higher-paying symbols, Blueprint is thankfully back on the fishing theme. You’ll find a Lifebuoy, Tackle Box, Reel, Seagull, and Fish symbols. The Seagull is the highest-paying symbol, dishing out 200× your bet for 6 of a kind!
You might’ve noticed that the fish symbols are sort of grouped on their own in the paytable above. Well, that’s because of the Fisherman Wild Symbol. That’s the young guy with a bucket hat and a fishing rod on the right hand side of the paytable above.
We’ll get into the specifics of the special feature he’s part of in the features section of this review. For now, it suffices to say that as a wild symbol, he substitutes for all base game symbols to help you form more wins!
Last but not least, we find the Fishing Boat Scatter Symbol. You’ll be looking out for this one, we know that for sure. Depending on how many scatters you land at the same time on your reels, you might get up to 50 free spins! Isn’t that generous?
Curiously, the game calls these ‘Free Games’, but as far as we can tell, they’re exactly what anyone else would normally call free spins! Either way, they’ll give you access to the Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ bonus game.
If you’re already familiar with how Megaways™ games work, then Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ won’t be a surprise in terms of its gameplay. Winning combinations are formed with 3 or more of the same kind of symbol landing on adjacent reels, starting from reel 1.
Blueprint Gaming has confoundingly chosen to limit the Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ ways to win to 15,625 for this game. This is quite a bit lower than the usual 117,649 that’s present on so many other great Megaways™ releases (see our Megaways™ list for an overview).
Given that Blueprint wanted to go for a game with a lower volatility rating, this choice is understandable. The lowered ways-to-win are more than forgivable once you take a look at the maximum win available on this game – but we’ll cover that in its own section!
Truth be told, we can’t say that this game is jam-packed with bonus features, and we’re sad to see that both the base game and free spins sections are missing some classic Megaways™ features.
That’s not to say that there aren’t any great features though! The features that are present are well-implemented and also on-theme! Let’s go through what’s present and what’s missing:
It seems like the cascading wins feature was wrapped up in plastic, weighed, and thrown off the side of the fishing boat – oh wait, this isn’t an episode of Dexter. Either way, the feature is not present, and we’re sad that it’s missing.
The cascading wins feature has popped up in one way or another in most Megaways™ games. It’s often disguised under a multitude of different names, such as rolling reels, exploding wins, avalanches, tumbling reels or swooping reels.
Thankfully, you can find a fully featured free spins bonus game we’ve come to love and expect from other Megaways™ in our catalogue. You can access this bonus section through three or more Fishing Boat Scatters. Up to 50 free spins can be unlocked depending on the number of scattery symbols:
The free spins or free games section itself isn’t very different from the base game. The game will autospin through the free games awarded and give out any wins automatically. During these free games, the Fisherman Wild will also gain a special feature!
During free spins, if you land the Fisherman Wild Symbol, you’re in for an extra treat! He’ll use his fishing rod to cast out a line and help you win big by catching any of the blue fish symbols present on your reels!
Each blue fish symbol will have a tag on it with a specific multiplier. The latter will be applied to your wins for that spin, giving you the chance to catch bigger wins! Just like the fisherman himself, a big catch is what you’ll be hoping for!
So what about the numbered specifications for Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™? We’ve got you covered there too.
The Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ RTP is set at 96.1%. This is practically as average as it gets for both Megaways™ titles and slot games in general. While it’s nothing to write home about, it pairs quite nicely with the medium volatility, making for a relatively low-stakes game with a decent return.
As we mentioned earlier, this online slot plays like most other Megaways™ games. The differences come mostly in this volatility section. Compared to the usually high volatility for other Megaways™ games, Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ has a medium-volatility rating.
This means that you can expect medium-sized wins quite frequently. These will naturally not be as large as the wins in high-volatility games, but they will be more frequent. For most people, medium-volatility games provide a happy in-between that’s suitable for what they’re looking for.
The maximum win for Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ is $/€/£250,000 or 50,000× your bet. This is impressively high considering the medium volatility and average RTP. We’re sure that anyone making big wins such as this would be more than happy – fishermen and slot games players alike!
As you might imagine, Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ is compatible with all devices you could want to play it on. Whether it’s your Android or iOS mobile device, or your Windows or Mac laptop or desktop, you’ll be able to enjoy playing from wherever you are!
Givin the minimalistic path that Blueprint has chosen to take with this game, playing Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ is simple as can be. All of the important controls are clustered on the right-hand-side of the game screen, making access a breeze.
A four-button menu expands after pressing the menu button, revealing options for additional game information, a mute button, and a paytable. Below that you’ll find a large green spin button as well as options for adjusting the bet amount and autoplay options below.
The autoplay feature includes options for loss limits, win limits, and auto-disable if a jackpot is hit, which is always nice to see.
As with all casino games, Megaways™ or not, there are great features, as well as things we’d like to see done a bit differently next time. Let’s go through the pros and cons for this game.
So what’s the verdict? Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ is a fun and exciting slot game that’s minimalistic on the features, but a great catch once you’re in the thick of it. You’ll be hoping to land those fishing boat scatters for the free spins section, where you’ll see the fisherman wild reeling in your wins. Give it a try for yourself!
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||117,649 Megaways™|
|Number of ways||Up to 117,649|
|Number of ways||470,596|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Volatility||Medium to High|
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||15,625|
|Number of ways||Unlimited|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Number of ways||N/A|
The Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ RTP is 96.1%.
The Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ Max Win is an impressive 50,000×.
Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ features Fisherman wild symbols and a free spins bonus game.
Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ is a Blueprint Gaming adaptation of RTG’s Fishin’ Frenzy original.
Just like other Megaways™ games, you can win Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways™ by landing three or more of the same kind of symbol in adjacent reels starting from reel 1. The free games section is a great bonus game for bigger wins too!
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