I know what you’re thinking – is this going to be one of those Flipper- type online slots where you have to save some marooned fishermen from a shipwrecked Island somewhere? The good news is no, it’s not. This is a lilting, soft, musical that owes more to the magic of The Little Mermaid with a UB40 soundtrack. Match made in heaven? Quite possibly.
I dare you to fire up this bad boy and not be swaying within five seconds. The soundtrack is distinctly Caribbean reggae. I did say UB40 but I think that statement is punching above their weight, to be honest. Puffer fish, sting rays, dolphins, octopuses, sea horses are just some of the symbols that float across the five reels. You name it, this game has all the ingredients for a seafood paella Beautifully drawn and animated seafood paella, may I add. With such numerous symbols it is fitting that it is played out across 50 paylines – or a quarter of a school of rainbow fish. Rows of bubbles spurt up between the reels and the gameplay includes some nice touches like cute dolphin chitter chatter when we win with the clever clogs of the sea.
The Golden Dolphin Scatter is Wild and substitutes for all symbols except for the Dolphin’s Quest logo. Which doesn’t really have a symbol function, apart from as a Stacked Wild. Weird? Well, this is an underwater universe we’re in. These fish probably think it’s weird that we keep spinning them round at a thousand miles per hour.
Three or more Golden Dolphin Scatters anywhere on reels 2, 3 and 4 trigger the Dolphin Quest Bonus. This is a secondary spins feature with scores of prize amounts across three reels spinning in an underwater waterfall. (Yes, an underwater waterfall. Don’t ask me, I don’t know either.) We choose when to bring the reels to a stop, and whichever three prizes end up on the centre line are added together to form a prize amount. However, this total amount is then multiplied by our total bet, so depending on your stakes this could be between x0.5 and x2.5. Obviously, braver bets can therefore win a few more squid.
With a single bonus feature you would be well within your rights to question just how much attention this game is worth. Well, the answer is a bit. In my opinion it’s worth having a tickle on just to hear the reggae soundtrack. It isn’t going to revolutionise your life or your online gaming habits, but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than buying flights to Thailand to go scuba diving. Is it as relaxing? Well, nearly, which is good enough for me.