Hoist the anchor, set the mainsail, call the Captain ashore. It’s not time to go home, it’s time to go whaling. Just not with the intention of killing Moby Dick, more with the feeling of surfing him.

It might be an odd premise for an online slot, given the 21st century’s attitude to animal cruelty, but Moby Dick was a classic piece of literature all the same and deserves all the odes it gets. The Moby Dick Slot is played out here across Microgaming’s five reels and 25 pay-lines, we search for freezing wins and warming tea as we look to drop anchor in winsville.

Gameplay

Ahab stands aboard his whaling ship, the Pequod, scanning the stormy seas for his arch nemesis, Moby Dick. He raises his harpoon, seemingly intent on revenge. But while Ahab and Moby Dick form our top-paying game symbols and are seemingly at loggerheads, they also seems to make up when we score big wins across the game’s 25 pay-lines. Ahab rides atop Moby Dick, surfing him and all smiles. Can these two greatest of enemies make up? Maybe that’s our part to play in all this. Other game symbols include a Flagon, Anchor, plus 10s through Aces. Ahab’s Ship’s Wheel is our Wild, performing admirable substituting duties as we search for payline wins.

When we score a winning combination we have the chance to keep the adventure going, for any win triggers the Win Freezing Feature. The winning combo is held in place, locked in by hammered wooden boards like the patching up of a leaking ship. The remaining reels re-spin, locking matching symbols in and causing re-spins until no more matching symbols are found. The resulting win is calculated, hopefully causing Ahab and Moby Dick to enjoy a good surf together.

Bonuses

Not only will the Win Freezing feature keep our base game wins ticking over nicely, but we can also enjoy a Free Spins game when we land four, five, six or seven Free spins Scatters. The Scatters are appropriately styled as the gaping mouth of a giant whale, and deliver 10, 12, 15 or 20 free spins respectively. Not only can we re-trigger the Free Spins feature from within the bonus round – given extra chances to do so thanks to the Win Freezing feature – but we also enjoy a Wild reel on reel 3. This can display between 1-3 Wilds on every free spin, potentially boosting our winning combos and locking in yet more wins. Not content with simple wins, though? We have the option to double any wins we land in the lesser-seen Gamble feature, though there are no guarantees, of course.

Summary

A trip across the high seas in classic fashion is the order of the day, not least when it’s executed as well as the Moby Dick online slot. The graphics are exemplary, setting the scene in excellent style, while the Win Freezing feature ticks this voyage over as would telling ghost pirate stories at sunset. To escape the whale we must become the whale, and with an online slot like this we can have a whale of a time. Literally.