Dolphin Quest Slot
Dolphin Quest is a 5-reel, 4-row max 50-pay line online slots game created by Microgaming. Far back in the midsts of time Microgaming created a very popular game called Dolphin Coast. It was mainly popular as it had an amazing 3,125 pay lines, which – back in the day – made it one of the most pay line laden slots available at online casinos.
Sadly, by 2013 Dolphin Coast was beginning to creak and let in water, so Microgaming quietly allowed it to shuffle off to porpoise heaven. While Dolphin Quest is not a direct sequel to Dolphin Coast, it is now the only current Microgaming slot that is based on a dolphin theme. This slot also ups the ante considerably graphics-wise compared to its predecessor.
The reels are filled with more fish than Billingsgate Market on a Friday, along with hermit crabs, turtles and octopusses (or octopi). There's a three way process to selecting your wager. First, you set your coin size from 0.01 to 0.50, and then the number of coins you want to risk from one to five. Finally, you need to pick how many lines you want in play from one to all fifty. Your final wager is these three values multiplied together. When you're ready to go fish, hit the 'Spin' button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest payout in normal play that's available is for three hermit crabs, fish shoals, rays, lion fish, seahorses or puffer fish at 5x your coin size. The 'Dolphin Quest' logo is the biggest payer – land five on an active pay line and you will win 2,500x your bet-per-line.
The logo symbol is also the wild symbol in this game, and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbol. To give you more chance of success, the logo symbol is stacked four-high on all reels.
The scatter symbol is two golden dolphins leaping over the word 'Scatter'. As an added bonus the scatter symbol also acts as a wild symbol for all symbols aside from the normal wild symbol. Additionally, if you land scatter symbols anywhere on the central three reels following a spin, you are awarded the Dolphin Quest Bonus.
For the bonus game, the reels are removed and replaced by three waterfalls. Numbers cascade from the waterfall until you hit the 'stop' button. When the numbers roll to a halt, the three dead centre of the screen are the amounts of coins that you win, when totalled.
Dolphin Quest is great to look at … and that's about it. The game play is very dull indeed – just endlessly watching the reels roll around in the hope that the bonus game might appear, and then it's just more reels. A real shame, as the marvelous graphics deserve a better game, but we have to conclude that Dolphin Quest is a bit of a damp squid … er, squib.