Slot software developers love to create free games with puns in the title – and this game is a great example. The reel in the title refers to the reel of a fishing line, as well as the slot reels. The gently waving ocean behind those reels shows that this is a sea-fishing themed game. Sound effects, fish symbols and the control console of a motorboat will leave you in no doubt.
The highlight of this game is a free spins bonus round. You’ll go through a two stage picks process before those spins start. This selects the number of free spins, and which multiplier will apply to your wins. There is plenty of big win potential. You can win up to 112,500 coins on any spin.
As online slot machines go, this is a basic one. There are 5 reels, each with 3 symbols – and 15 win-lines. The number of lines is not changeable, though the bet size has a wide range. You’ll bet from just 15c, and up in increments of that amount. Auto play will work for a set number of spins, or you can have this run until you hit the bonus feature.
Wild symbols play an important role. These are the highest paying symbol, as well as working as a substitute for the other regular winning symbols. This shows a swordfish jumping through the words ‘Reel Spinner’. 5 on a line will get you $200 (wins are for $1.50c bets). You will sometimes create several wins with wild symbols, which can enable combinations on different lines.
A boat with a purple sunrise behind is the highest paying regular symbol. This is worth $100 for 5 of a kind. Next come a compass, reel of a fishing rod and the speed control of a boat.
Instead of playing card symbols, the smaller prizes come from lining up fish. These are brightly coloured. An orange one will get you $30 for 5, with silver green and blue one, green fish, long grey and black specimen and brightly coloured flying fish completing the wins.
Scatter symbols show a swordfish silhouetted against the sun, with the word ‘Scatter’ underneath. These land with a distinctive thud. Scatters pay based on the total number in view. If you get 5, you will win 50x your total bet amount. Smaller prizes are 10x for 4, and 2x for 3. Unlike on many MicroGaming slots, there is no smaller prize for just 2 in view.
More importantly, 3 or more swordfish scatters will trigger the free spins bonus game.
Before your free spins start, there are two picks rounds. The first sees 6 boats lines up on the bottom of the screen. You are instructed to pick one to reveal the number of free spins. Whichever boat you pick will show this number, then start up and sail off upwards off the top of the screen.
The next part shows the reel of a fishing rod. This tells you to click to reveal your multiplier. You then see a wheel spinning effect, and can get between 1x and 5x on your wins.
You are now ready to play your spins. The seascape turns to night, with black at the back of the reels – and the music becomes a rock riff. Your wins (and the number of spins remaining) will be counted at the top the screen.
While this slot will not win any design awards, there are some nice small touches. I like the gently lapping sea behind the reels, and white fluffy clouds in the sky. The sound effects also add to the overall game. There are splashes, and the occasional whirr, like a fishing line being cast.
Symbols are basic in design, though the bright colours work well in addition to keeping the game easy to follow. There are flashes and small animations when you win. The main animations come when you trigger the free spins bonus game.
This is a solid and enjoyable slot, which does not try to do anything too fancy or unusual. There is upbeat music playing while you spin, in addition to the fishing sound effects. Big wins are possible, especially during the free spins game. Here you can get a multiplier of up to 5x. Combine this with a decent number of free spins, and some wild symbols on the reels – and you could be reeling in a big catch!