Tue, May 14, 3:24am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Cash’M If You Can has been around for a few years now, and Bally have come up with an enhanced version. This keeps the same name, as the game-play is identical. You’ll appreciate the big screen actions and classy animations if you are playing this pokie in a live casino. Above the reels, you’ll see a white pelican, who is fishing using a rod. Occasionally he will catch brightly coloured aminated fish what swim above the reels – giving you instant cash prizes.
Stacked reels play an important role in both the base game and free spins bonus round. Your biggest wins from Cash’M If You Can will come from times when you cover the entire 5×4 grid of the reels in the same symbol. Here are the highlights:
Lifebuoy symbols are needed to trigger the free spins bonus. These appear on all reels, with 8, 15 or 25 spins available for 3, 4 or 5 of them. When you get the spins, the music changes. This starts off as a plodding though entertaining cartoon-like tune. With the free spins in play, the steel drums come out to make the soundtrack more calypso in feel.
During the base game, symbols are chosen at random to become stacked on the reels. In the free spins bonus, those regular stacks turn into ‘super stacks’. You can’t miss them, huge lines of the same symbol flying past on the reels. Wilds are also stacked. Combined, this means you have a much better chance of covering all (or most) of the reels in the same symbol. This will trigger all 50 win-lines from the same spin – providing huge pay outs.
Above the reels of the Cash’M If You Can pokies sits a white pelican. This bird is fishing while you play. You will occasionally see (and hear) it cast a line into the water above. You can see the water line and see exotic fish swimming in the space between the pelican and the reels.
Most of the time, nothing happens. The spin of the reels will stop, the fish will swim off, and you’ll be ready to start the next spin. Occasionally, the fish will take the bait, and the pelican will reel it in. When this happens, you win a random cash prize.
With a bigger 5×4 setup for these underwater reels, there is plenty of room for the 50 win-lines in-play. Your bet levels start at just 1c per line – topping out at around $2.50c per spin in live casinos.
Wilds appear on all reels. They have the biggest single prize. These will also substitute for the regular symbols to create wins. They are stacked on the reels – and will often connect wins over multiple lines from the same spin.
One of the other fishes will dominate the reels for each spin. There are gaps in long strips on the reels, which are populated by a random symbol for each game. You’ll be hoping for the symbols with gold circles around them. These are the highest paying and include a turtle, an octopus and the pelican.
No traditional filler symbols are used for this pokie. Smaller wins come from undersea characters. Those include a crab, 2 different fish and 3 different coloured starfish.
All the undersea creatures on the reels are drawn and animated to have a little character. This includes smiles and bug eyes. There is also a lot of character in the pelican above the reels, which appears to take fishing very seriously!
My favourite effect is when the free spins bonus begins. Here you will see a huge shoal of fish swim over the reels – with all colours and sizes represented. The Caribbean style music when those free spins kick in will have your tapping your feet as the wins mount up.
Compared with other well-known underwater style pokies, Cash’M If You Can has a ton of character. The quality of the animations and attention to detail is excellent. While random bonuses are possible above the reels, most of the action is right there on them. You’ll be looking for one of the higher paying symbols to be super-stacked – hopefully covering all 5 reels complexly.