Wacky Waters Slot
Wacky Waters is a 5-reel, fixed 15-pay line slot from Playtech. The theme of this game is one of ocean-dwelling critters – prawn, sharks, starfish and even an anchor. Even though the graphics of this slot are a little basic (to say the least), we can't help but notice more than a passing similiarity to a certain, very famous animated movie. Just take a look at the screenshots and you'll see what we mean. Anyway, this game has several ways in which you can trawl up some decent pay outs, including some very enchanting bonus games.
All the symbols used in this game are ocean dwellers – a crab, a puffer fish, an anchor, a shark, an octopus, a starfish, an angel fish, a clown fish, a sea horse and a prawn. Some of the images are drawn quite well, but as for the prawn … we can only assume it was 'bring your daughter to work day' at Playtech, and the graphics designer let his little girl loose on his Mac. Joining the fishy friends on the reels are playing card values jack through to ace.
There are fifteen pay lines in this game, and that number is fixed. You can choose your coin size though – anything from 0.01 to 75.00. Your final wager is your coin size multiplied by fifteen. When you're ready for a bit of deep sea diving, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
Prize catches commence at five times your line bet for three jacks or queens. The monster pay out is for five puffer fish symbols, which will wins you a bloated 3,000x your bet-per-line.
The puffer fish symbol also acts as the wild symbol in this game. It substitutes for all other symbols aside from the crab symbol and the anchor bonus symbol.
If you land the puffer fish symbol center of the middle reel, then you're through to the 'Puffin' Up' feature. Albert the blowfish will puff up until he's ready to pop. When he deflates he will leave between one and six wild symbols on the reels. The reels will then be re-evaluated for wins.
Land three or more crab symbols anywhere on the reels and you're through to the 'Cash Crab' feature. You get to pick from a selection of hermit crabs – three earns you one pick, four earns two and more than four and you get to choose three times. Each hermit crab will be hiding a prize up to 100x your line bet.
By landing the anchor bonus symbol anywhere on reels one, three and five at the same time, you're through to the 'Albert's Underwater Bonus' game. That pesky blowfish has gotten himself caught on an anchor – you must choose the path for him to take in order for him to escape un-popped. Along the way he may pick up multipliers, free games, extra wilds and extra air. You then get to play a number of free games, with the extra features you have gathered.
Wacky Waters may look as basic as basic can be, but the gameplay itself isn't half bad. There's certainly enough in the way of variety, and when you land the bonus features they are genuinely entertaining. We only wish that the graphics didn't look so … terrible. If you can ignore the basic nature of this slot, then you're sure to hook some rewarding pay outs.