Free Big Fin Bay slot
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Big Fin Bay slot by Thunderkick sets its screen out over a picturesque drawing of yes, a bay where fishing seems to be the main occupation. Cartoon symbols of fish and a character resembling Captain Birds Eye festoon the reels and some corny sea shanty music assails our ears while we spin. Microgaming's Alaskan Fishing has a similar theme albeit in a colder climate as does Netent's Lucky Angler slot although I cannot resist a punt on IGT's Lobstermania slot myself! So can we reel in the big wins here or will it be a case of the broken line?
On the reels...
There are 6 reels on Big Fin Bay slot of up to 7 symbols each, stacked and singles. You may think 'aha! Megaways' but no, as the ways are limited via the maths to always be 5040-ways per spin. This is achieved by having the six reels displaying, in various orders, 2,3,4,5,6 and 7-rows per spin. The 6-of-a-kind pays are Captain 7x, Red Fish 3.2x, Purple 3x, Green 2.2x, Blue 2x with six card values of 1.5 down to 0.8x. Wilds can appear on reels 1-6 and they will expand if used in a win and you can get up to 3. There's no replacement tumbles here but bonus scatters appear on all reels and you can get a random Wild Reels feature which will turn up to 3 reels Wild, the multiplier according to the rows of the reel(s) they appear on.
You need 3 or more scatters to trigger them. Each scatter displays up to 6 free spins so for a 3-scatter trigger 18 is possible. Your enhancement is that any Wild now will expand regardless of being included in a win. When it does, it will add 1 row to that reel which is kept over for the whole round plus add a re-spin with the Wild reel held. When any reel reaches 7-rows, you will get +3 spins too. If you expand all the reels, then the remainder of the spins are played on 117,649-ways - yes, that familiar number! Thunderkick tell us over 15,000x is possible here.
Big Fin Bay slot has a 96.14% RTP and is a king of hash between Megaways and those WMS games with reels in a 2-3-4-5-6 pattern like Red Flag Fleet, only here the reels are mixed each spin. The graphics and sound effects are not even mediocre although the base game mechanic is decent enough. Your free spins are hard to trigger but do offer some excitement and potential but it's usually obvious from early on where the round will end up. I won't be trying to reel in another session on this slot...