Review of Alaskan Fishing Slots
Before we get into this review of Alaskan Fishing Slots I have to admit to you that I am quite addicted to all of the Alaskan shows that have been released on National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Whether it’s “Alaska: The Final Frontier“, or “Alaskan Bush People“, or “Life Below Zero“, I watch them all. I just can’t get enough of seeing people battling the harsh elements and subsisting off of the land. Of course, I also fantasize about moving out there myself one day and becoming one with nature.
Therefore, when I saw this slots title in a list of games I was immediately drawn to it. Who doesn’t want to kick back and throw a line in the water from time to time? In today’s busy world it’s nice to take a break and unwind, and enjoy the simpler things in life.
So lets see exactly why I think that Alaskan Fishing Slots deserves to nibble on your bankroll…
As you will see when you click on the screenshots below, this game is slightly showing it’s age, (and who of us isn’t? Ha!), however the symbols are still peaceful and will remind you of nature. It doesn’t have too many moving pieces or aggressive visuals so it’s easy to just kick back and play. What you see is, what you get.
This is probably one of the most basic storylines that any slot game has ever had – you’re going fishing in Alaska. That’s it, that’s all. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
Obviously the symbols are all fishing related in some way, and the bonus round has you casting your line in secret fishing spots to hook cash prizes. The bigger the fish you pull in, the bigger the cash prize you will receive. This is the simple life – cast, reel, repeat.
Even though there are only 10 unique symbols in Alaskan Fishing Slots, I have to give them credit for not incorporating the standard 10, Jack, Queen, etc. All of the symbols are really well designed, and some of the colors are absolutely beautiful. Everything fits together perfectly and every symbol adds to the overall chilled out mood of the game.
- Pontoon Boat with Oars
- Fishing Lure
- Fishing Reel
- School of Fish
- Grizzly Bear with Fish Hanging Out of Mouth
- Tackle Box (Scatter)
- Alaskan Fishing Logo (Wild)
Alaskan Fishing Wilds can appear on any reel, and 5 of them in a row will give you 500x your bet. The 2nd most lucrative symbol is the Trophy (with plaque) symbol which pays 350x for 5 of a kind, then the Salmon gives you 300x, with the school of fish symbol rounding things off with a 200x multiplier for 5 on the board.
You would think that a slot game based on a sport would be linked to some kind of jackpot prize, however Alaskan Fishing Slots sadly has nothing available. The closest thing would be hitting a big win of 5 Alaskan Fishing logos and receiving 500x your wager, but we can all admit that this isn’t the greatest payout you’ve ever seen.
Strangely enough, the lack of a jackpot in this game really doesn’t bother me because I’m only ever playing it to unwind. If I was concerned with chasing a jackpot it would defeat my entire purpose for playing it. Well, on second thought, maybe every slots game could use a huge jackpot, but I’m not going to deduct too many points for the omission.
The bonus round for Alaskan Fishing is triggered by hitting the Angler symbol on reels 1 and 5 during a spin. Once in the bonus feature you are taken to a private lake with 9 different fishing spots and you will have 5 chances to cast your fishing line and land a trophy-winning fish.
You will pull out either a “Small Fish”, “Medium Fish”, or “Large Fish”, with each awarding you a different cash prize between 2x and 15x of your original wager. Obviously, the more large fish you pull in, the larger your cash bonus will be.
Three or more Tackle Box Scatter symbols in a spin will take you into Free Spins Mode, where you are awarded with 15 free spins every time. You will also receive a 2x multiplier for any cash prizes won during the free games.
While free-rolling you can also re-trigger more free spins if you once again hit 3 or more Tackle Box Scatter symbols. The new 15 free spins are simply added on to how many you had left when you re-triggered the feature. You can also trigger the Fly Fishing Bonus Round in Free Spins Mode as well.
Considering the age of Alaskan Fishing Slots, the graphics are quite decent. Whether it is the bi-plane flying through the sky, the eagle snatching the salmon out of the water, or the grizzly bear enjoying his fresh fish – whenever there is an animation on a winning payline the graphics are good. There are tons of beautiful colors mixed together in every area of the game which come together to melt away your tension headaches.
My only major criticism of this game is that there are no on screen guides to show you where your payline wins are. Usually a slot will have the animated and colorful lines that will shoot through the game symbols to show you how you won. Alaskan Slots unfortunately doesn’t have that, and this is of course what many players would consider a “standard feature”. Maybe I couldn’t find the button to activate this feature, but I don’t think that that was the case.
Audio & Soundtrack
The soundtrack for the main game is exactly what you would expect from a fishing game – a slower and melodic tune with a nice little piano riff in the middle. I can easily space out while playing this game and just listen to the background music for a while. It’s just so peaceful.
When in Free Spins Mode the same song plays in the background, however it speeds up and becomes more frantic as freeroll. I personally find this change in music tempo unnecessary because it breaks up the tranquillity of the game.
Also when playing in the normal game, the win audios can get a little annoying because they are accentuated with a frantic heavy metal style guitar riff and a pounding drum beat that really goes against the grain of this game. I think the inclusion of this heavy guitar audio was a huge mistake.
Anyone who wants to play a slot game involving Alaskan fishing is going to want relaxing music that goes with the peaceful pastime of fishing. Therefore, I would strongly recommend going into the game options and turning off win sounds before you even begin playing.
As I stated throughout this review, I genuinely find this game to be relaxing every time I play it. It’s very rare to find a slot game these days that doesn’t blast you out of your seat with booming audios and aggressive visuals.
I really don’t think that you’ll notice the lack of a jackpot because the game has more than enough going on between the regular game and the bonus round. As I admitted, the visuals are far from “cutting edge” but they still look good enough that you will enjoy watching them spin along the reels.
So for those looking for a simple, peaceful slots game, Alaskan Fishing is definitely for you. Just make sure you pick those secret fishing spots wisely!
Bonus Video of Alaskan Fishing
I’ve looked at many Youtube videos of Alaskan fishing trips because I want to know what to expect up there, (minus the actual fishing part). Here’s a video from someone named Michael Bayouth that I think does a good job of documenting the whole experience from start to finish. Thanks, Michael!