If you love a good day down at the riverside, then this is the slot for you. Betsoft’s The Angler is a hit with those that love to fish, and like fishing, this game requires patience and perseverance to get the best rewards.
Presented over a 5x3 setup with a modest 20 paylines, this slot is set amid an idyllic scene of rivers, lakes and mountains, a dream location for any aspiring or seasoned fisherman. Speaking of fisherman, you’ll find him here, standing proudly to the left of the reels in his classic get up.
Looks like it’s kippers for tea
We must stop and comment the graphics here in this slot, they are simply stunning and represent the very best of video slots right now. High value symbols include fishes, turtles and a plethora of fishing paraphernalia, with a range of values attached.
The wild in the game comes in the form of a stern-looking red octopus, it substitutes for all other symbols to form wins, except for the scatter and bonus symbols. It’ll appear across the reels, but not on reel one. During the free spins round, any wilds that lands will stick for the duration of the remaining free spins.
The scatter is a clam with a pearl inside, able to land across reels 3, 4 and 5. Get three of these across the reels to trigger the free spins feature. Land more symbols and get more spins, which can incidentally be retriggered by landing more scatters as the feature runs.
Bonus time, more fish!
The bonus symbol triggers a great little mini game called Time to Fish. Get three at least across reels 1, 2 and 3 to kick it off and get fishing. The aim is to reel in the fish, or simply just drag it out of the water. The more fish you catch, the more cash you stash! As soon as the game is triggered you get awarded 20 credits for starters.
For every win in the base game you’ll get the opportunity to gamble your winnings. The double up feature is purely a classic gamble feature, with a ‘double or lose it all’ format. Based on a coin toss, you simply have to guess heads or tails correctly. Be careful with this one though.
The Angler has a certain endearing quality to it; it’s calming, surprisingly pleasant and with a little patience will pay out some whopping wins. If the aim of the developer was to create the feeling and ambience of a fishing trip, then we think they’ve done a pretty good job.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring