Before you go thinking this online slot title refers to some one night stand after a particularly frenzied chance meeting at a discoteque, you need to hold your horses. Or in this case, sea horses. Wild Catch is a salty five reel, 243 Win Ways effort from Microgaming, which aims to leave a sweet taste in our mouths and a fishy smell on our fingers. Ahem.
With a 243 Ways to Win pay structure all our regular notions of paylines are gone and forgotten. Instead we must merely find adjacent symbols across the five reels to form our winning combinations, which is useful as that’s pretty much the only help anyone will get when they go sea fishing. If you are new to the Win Ways pay structure, hover you cursor over the 243 Ways tab on the edges of the reel case to bring up a handy graphic that explains all.
The Wild, Scatter and high symbols across the reels bring the game’s nautical theme to life, the Wild being the grinning and elusive swordfish that is proving to be the Wild Catch of the game’s title.
The Wild Swordfish appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only and not only substitutes for all other symbols but also launches its own dedicated bonus feature – a Free Spins outing that lands us 5 free games with all wins multiplied by 3x. While this Wild Feature can be re-triggered during the Wild Feature, we cannot launch the game’s second bonus feature from the Wild Feature.
The second bonus outing – the imaginatively titled Scatter Feature – triggers when we land three or more Scattered Fishermen across the reels. Essentially a free spins outing, we reel in 10, 15 or 20 free games when we land three, four or five Scatters respectively. However, our Fisherman and our Swordfish are inextricably linked. Any Wild wins recorded during the Scatter Feature implement a concurrent multiplier for each consecutive Wild win. Thus our first Wild win during the feature brings a multiplier of 1x, while each following Wild win increases the multiplier by one, with a possible 10x multiplier on offer overall.
With two bonus bonanzas on offer Wild Catch is a catch of it’s own. Microgaming have done well to link the Scatter Feature and Wild Feature, reflecting the game’s theme well as the constant game of cat-and-mouse between fisherman and catch runs its course throughout our game.