Sun, Dec 9, 12:47am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Thu, May 14, 2:20am
It’s said that Alaska has some of the best salmon fishing on the planet, and this is evident from the reels of this Microgaming pokie. Salmon feature everywhere. However, don’t think fishing is easy, as anyone trying to catch that ‘big one’ faces competition from wildlife such as bears and eagles. Equipment, colourful fish, trophies, those bears and eagles and more appear on the reels.
This game uses the all-ways set up, meaning you’ve got 243 ways to win on every spin. The cost of those spins is 30 credits and multiples of this. The lowest bet size is 30c, rising to $15. You’ll set your stake using a slider which rises by 30c denominations at first, before moving up to 60c and $1.50 increases as the stakes go higher.
You’ll get to enjoy two bonus features on the Alaskan Fishing pokies. The first is a free spins feature with a boost to every win. The second sees you head out on to the lake and cast your fishing rod in an entertaining picks style fishing bonus.
Players can enjoy the opportunity to play Alaskan Fishing in fun, free-play mode. These games offer all the bonus features, so you’ll get to enjoy the whole experience for free. This offers a fine way to get to grips with the game before playing for real cash. Note that Australian players are blocked from demo (and real money) versions of MicroGaming pokies at many casinos.
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Alaskan Fishing features the very popular online 5×3 reel configuration. Due to the all-ways winning system, players will make one simple choice before hitting spin – the bet size. Then hit the large red spin button.
With the all-ways winning system in place, wins come along when you line up matching symbols on three or more consecutive reels from the left. These symbols can be in any position, just so long as they appear on each of the reels.
The wild symbols which feature the logo are the highest paying symbol in the game.
They are worth 500 coins when appearing on each of the five reels. This wild symbol is stacked on all reels, so you could feasibly see the whole screen filled with this symbol.
Your maximum win of 121,500 coins comes if you fill every reel with the wild. The trophy is the highest paying standard symbol, worth 350 coins for appearances on all reels.
This MicroGaming designed pokie machine features two distinct bonus features – a free spins bonus feature and a fishing game. These are triggered in different ways. Regular scattered bonus symbols trigger the free spins. One of the winning symbols showing a fisherman is used for the picks bonus game.
To activate this first bonus feature you’ll need to land the ‘free spins’ scatter symbol three times or more across any of the five reels. As a boost, 3, 4 or 5 of these scatters also offer instant wins of 5x, 10x and 100x your total stake respectively.
However, many scatters you hit to activate the feature; you’ll get 15 free spins. These spins play out in the same way as the base game, except that every time you win, the payout amount is doubled. This would make for a great time to land that big win. The free spins can be retriggered at any time. Hit three or more scatters again and 15 more spins will be added to your total (as well as that instant scatter win).
Look out for the fly fisherman symbol, which pays 400 coins when landing on each of the reels. If he lands specifically on reels 1 and 5 during a single spin, you’ll activate the ‘Fly Fishing’ bonus round.
You’ll now be taken to a second screen, where you’ve got a view of the lake. The fly fisherman stands on the bank, next to his iced basket, while his dog looks on. You’ll notice there are eight circular ripples in the water – you choose one. The fisherman will now cast his rod in that direction and catch a salmon. These fish come in three different sizes-small, medium and large, with the win amounts for each depending on their size. The smallest wins possible are 2x your stake while catching a big fish and you could win a maximum of 15x your stake.
In all, you’ll get to cast the rod a total of 5 times, and the total amount of your wins (catches) will be awarded to you at the end. You can activate the Fly-Fishing bonus feature during both the base game and the free spins bonus feature.
There are no progressive jackpots available on Alaskan Fishing. You can, however, grab a huge win on any spin. If you are playing for the maximum stake of $15 per spin, you could win $60,750, which is certain to make a jackpot style difference to your life.
No, this Microgaming pokie has the all-ways set up. Instead of the standard win-lines, you’ll receive a payout when matching symbols appear on reels 1, 2 and 3, irrespective of their position. Your biggest wins will come when they appear on reels 4 and 5 as well.
Yes, the free spins feature is activated by the free spins scatter symbol. This is a straightforward feature with a 2x multiplier applied to all wins. You’ll receive 15 free spins and retriggers are possible. Also, you can also activate the ‘Fly Fishing’ bonus feature at any time during the free spins.
There is no progressive jackpot available at Alaskan Fishing. Although with the stacked wilds being the highest paying symbols, extremely large wins are possible.
Yes, the logo symbol acts as the wild. This is a stacked wild, meaning it can fill an entire reel when the spinning stops. Stacked wilds can lead to huge wins, especially when they appear on more than one reel. Wilds replace the regular symbols – though not the logo scatters.