It all started with Big Bass Bucks, but such is the popularity of the underwater and fishing themes that we were always likely to see another Reel ‘Em In game on our phone and tablet screens. The time has come with the launch of Reel ‘Em In – Lobster Potty, which marks the incidental landmark of a new mobile slot from Barcrest every month for four months in a row, and that must be some kind of record. We can see why the developer would want to bring more of this action to the reels, as Big Bass Bucks is one of their best performing games of all time in all formats. We certainly love it and cannot wait to find out all about the improvements and enhancements on this sequel, which we will of course be doing fully in the review below.
What to Expect
It does not take long for the notable upgrades to the game to make themselves known, as players will see that Reel ‘Em In – Lobster Potty looks very modern indeed in the graphics department. There has not been a massive overhaul to the base gameplay, with twenty lines in play and the same kind of potential coin bets that we have come to expect from this developer. With that said, this is yet another Barcrest mobile slot that makes use of the Big Bet option, where players can purchase five spins in advance and receive added bonuses if they do so. It is not for the faint of heart, as these spins are well above the minimum bet, but the bigger you go, the larger the potential returns, both in terms of the standard gameplay and the mathematical return to player percentage.
You can go for the first level, which is five spins for £20, with the added benefit of more wilds in play. At £30, there continues to be more wilds on the board and they now come with a doubling multiplier. Finally, the biggest bet is £50 for five spins and this increases the number of wilds that will show up on the board even further, while also applying a multiplier of two, three, four, five or even ten times when they do come into view.
So, it goes without saying that the game comes with a wild card, and the difference in appearance frequency is evident having tried both modes. Nevertheless, even the standard game is solid and that comes down to the inclusion of a couple of very decent features. The driving force behind it all is the main Reel ‘Em In bonus, which becomes available when all five reels randomly become sand coloured in the background. One of two features is then awarded. In Reel ‘Em In itself, between one and five reels are chosen and they will only display fish symbols and the old boot. The prizes will keep on coming with these enhanced reels until the boot appears, at which point the reel is essentially deactivated and returns to normal, with the whole feature ending when all of them have gone back to their standard state.
Alternatively, you may end up with the Lobster Pots feature. The third reel spins and will land a bronze, silver or gold lobster, which will then simply award the corresponding prize displayed at the top of the reel.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Reel ‘Em In – Lobster Potty certainly adds a new dimension to an established series, but having played for a few hours, we are not convinced that it is entirely superior to the original game on which it is based. The Big Bets can be extremely good value but they are targeted at a niche audience, and the main game lacks something truly special to give it mainstream appeal. It is not often that we prefer the original to a sequel, but in this case we feel that Big Bass Bucks should continue to be the go to mobile slot for fans of this classic fishing series.