There are plenty of fishing themed slots online. None of them I have played combine a person catching the fish with a fishing bear. This game is based in the frozen north. You’ll be catching salmon with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. With some luck, you’ll be catching some big wins too!
You will find 2 bonus features, in addition to the regular line wins which come from the all-ways winning system used in Alaskan Fishing slot. One bonus is a fishing game, where you can catch different sized wins from the shore of a river. The other is a more standard free spins bonus round. This comes with doubled wins.
Every since Aristocrat introduced them, all-ways systems have become popular. These dispense with win-lines. Instead wins are created by lining up symbols on consecutive reels from the left. This is easy to follow, and means you’ll never ‘miss’ a win line by having the symbols in the wrong spots.
You can get all of the 243 winning combinations for just 30 coins. The coin size is adjustable from 1c and up, with the ability to add a multiplier of up to 10x. Unusually, this slot does not have an auto-play option.
There are different symbols in play for the base game and the free spins bonus. These are matched (paired) in terms of prizes. This does add some variety to the game.
You’ll want to see the logo symbol as often as possible. This is stacked (comes in long strips on the reels) and will often cover entire reels when the symbols stop. It is also wild, substituting for all the regular symbols to create extra wins. Topping it off, this symbol is the best paying – worth 500 coins for 5 of a kind.
Next comes a gold trophy, which is worth 350 coins for 5 – then two fish symbols at 300 and 200. These wins are lower compared to some ‘win line’ type slots. Keep in mind that the all-ways system will often mean you trigger multiple wins at the same time.
There are some excellent symbols making up the smaller wins. These include a grizzly bear with a fish in its mouth, a sea-plane and some fishing tackle.
Animations for the fly fishing bonus are excellent. There is attention to detail in the setting (mountains over a river) and the characters involved. The fisherman has a dog companion which will wag its tail when a fish is reeled in. You get to pick 5 spots on the water, one at a time. The guy then casts his line, reeling in a fish. A message appears telling you the size of your fish, and awarding a prize. You get up to 15x your bet for the big fish. My one complaint about this bonus game is that it is a little slow – each fish takes a while to catch and reel in.
A box of fishing tackle will trigger the free spins game. This symbol also has a scatter prize of up to 100x your bet amount for the full 5. You get 15 free spins. A guitar tune plays throughout, and the symbols switch to the alternate designs. Any wins you trigger during this game are doubled compared to the pay table.
You can trigger the fly fishing bonus game from within the free spins. You can also retrigger for 15 more spins with 3+ of the scatter symbols.
There are a lot of animated symbols, which can give a crowded feel to the reels at times. Above the reels you see some green pine trees and a mountain in the background. The reels are placed as if in the river. Buttons for spin, coins and bet max are all fish shaped.
There is a relaxed plodding tune playing between your spins. When you hit a win, this is interrupted by an intensive rock riff. Since you’ll win often in the all-ways system, this contrast is hard to miss!
Animations include the bear shaking his fish, tackle box opening and the fish themselves moving around. These are small scale, though nicely produced. Animations step up a level in the fishing bonus game.
I enjoyed this unique take on the fishing theme in the slot game Alaskan Fishing. The production is excellent, with a lot of animations and attention to details that you rarely find in online slots. While the fishing bonus game is a little slow, you do get multiple chances to hit bigger wins. Free spins have doubled wins. Combined with stacked wilds, this is where the big win potential will come from.