Let's Go Fish'n Slot Game
The Let's Go Fish'n slot machine was designed by Australian casino game manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure and released in 2013.
The game is based around the theme of recreational fishing, and due to the popularity of this hobby throughout Australia, Let's Go Fish'n has become one of the most well-known slot titles in that country. In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that more than 6 million Australians partake in recreational fishing every year, making this theme a natural fit for Aristocrat's slot machine portfolio.
The background screen for the game sets the scene well, featuring a clear blue sky over even deeper blue waters, or the perfect day to drop a line and wait for some bites. The game's primary logo depicts a fisherman with catch in hand, celebrating with a smile on his face while holding his pole up high. Overall, the visual elements on the surface of Let's Go Fish'n lean towards the cartoonish side of the artistic spectrum.
Like most slot machines designed by Aristocrat, Let's Go Fish'n contains the classic card ranks among its symbol group, so you'll find the familiar A, K, Q, and J when the reels begin to spin. The theme based symbols included in the game are the fisherman's face, a worm on a hook, a fishing pole and bucket, a seagull, and a sign which reads "Let's Go Fish'n."
Let's Go Fish'n relies on the tried and true structure perfected by Aristocrat over the years, so players familiar with the company's line of products will instantly recognize many of the game's features and mechanics.
Aristocrat was originally founded in 1953, and since then the Australian based casino game manufacturer has been a driving force within the industry. When Aristocrat released The Clubmaster in 1956, it became the first slot machine ever produced which included gameplay features like multiline payouts and scatter symbols, establishing the company's reputation as an industry leader in terms of innovation.
Aristocrat is responsible for producing the world's first electronic slots, video slots, five reel slots, and virtual reel slots. In addition, Aristocrat has also developed several core game computing systems over the years, including Microstar, the MK Gaming System, the Hyperlink Gaming System, and Jubilee.
As a publically traded company on the Australian Stock Exchange since 1997, Aristocrat has long been known as an economic driver in that country. But in 2000 the company broke through to American shores by securing a license to serve the world's largest gambling market: Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today, Aristocrat has been licensed in 240 gaming jurisdictions around the world, and the company's products can be played in 90 nations. And while Aristocrat has designed and produced hundreds of slot machine titles throughout the years, Let's Go Fish'n remains a fan favorite with outdoor enthusiasts and anglers.
Gameplay Features and Mechanics
Let's Go Fish'n is a standard five reel, 25 pay line video slot machine which offers players medium to high range variance.
While Aristocrat has opted to move many of its newer slot games to the company's proprietary Xtra Reel Power setup, Let's Go Fish'n retains the traditional mechanics of a five reel, 25 payline machine. However, as a fixed pay line game, Let's Go Fish'n does require you to play all 25 pay lines on each spin.
With a cost per credit of just $0.01, Let's Go Fish'n is classified as a penny slot, but as mentioned above, you'll need to pay a minimum of $0.25 per spin. In some instances, you may find Let's Go Fish'n machines which offer a $0.02 cost per credit, in which case the minimum amount you'll need to pay per spin stands at $0.50.
For players with bigger bankrolls, Let's Go Fish'n tops out at a $2.00 per coin bet. Players can opt to wager between one and five coins per pay line, so and at these stakes the maximum wager per spin totals $250.00.
As a member of the Aristocrat family, Let's Go Fish'n offers the usual collection of wild symbols, scatter symbols, free spins, and bonus games. One major exception, however, comes during the base game, as wild symbols are missing from this aspect of Let's Go Fish'n. You can activate wild symbols during the free spins bonus round, but during base game play the only special symbol available is the scatter. A list of basic specifications can be found below:
- Wilds: Yes, but not in the base game
- Free Spins: Yes
- Multiplier: No
- Bonus Game: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Return to Player: 97%
The base game for Let's Go Fish'n offers a fairly standard Aristocrat slot machine pay table, but fans of games produced by other companies may find the base game payouts to be on the smaller side of the spectrum. The top payout during the base game is 1,250 credits, which can be earned by landing five of the Let's Go Fish'n logo signs. This symbol is the game's scatter, and it can be paid any way, while all other symbols in the game must be landed left to right to turn a winner.
Four of the Let's Go Fish'n symbols on your screen is good for a 250 credit payout, and you'll receive a 250 credit reward for landing three of the scatter symbols. When you do land three or more Let's Go Fish'n logo symbols, however, this triggers the game's free spins bonus round. You can find more information below.
Other base game payouts for Let's Go Fish'n include the following.
- 1,000 credits for landing five fisherman's face symbols
- 500 credits for five seagulls
- 300 credits for five worms on a hook
- 300 credits for five fishing poles and buckets
- 150 credits for five As
- 125 credits for five Ks
- 100 credits for five Qs
- 100 credits for five Js
As mentioned above, Let's Go Fish'n offers no wild symbols during the base game, but they're made available during the free spins bonus round.
Triggering the Bonus Round
The free spins bonus round for Let's Go Fish'n is triggered by landing three or more of the logo scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. When this occurs, the game will bring up an interactive side screen which depicts a crowded dock.
Five figures stand on the dock with poles in hand and lines in the water. The characters in the free spins bonus game are named, from left to right, Fishwife Fran, Lazy Larry, Bucket Bobby, Cool Craig, and Lucky Lucy.
To begin the bonus round you'll simply select one of these five characters and watch to see how many fish they pull up from the depths. These fish represent the number of free spins that'll be awarded to you. The range of free spins you can earn runs from three to 10, putting Let's Go Fish'n on the lower end of Aristocrat's free spin offerings.
Once the character you've chosen has caught their limit, between one and three symbols will also appear near their fish collection. These symbols represent the wild symbols you'll have in play for the remainder of your free spin allotment. For example, if your character brings up five fish with the pole and bucket symbol and the worm on a hook symbol, yo've earned five free spins which will each include the pole and bucket symbol and fish on a hook symbol as wilds.
The wild symbols during the free spins bonus game will turn gold to signify their newfound importance.
Slot aficionados will note that the free spins bonus game for Let's Go Fish'n pales in comparison to other Aristocrat titles. With only three to 10 free spins up for grabs after you've triggered the bonus round, and no way to earn additional free spins during the bonus, you'll be back to the base game quite quickly in most instances.
This lackluster bonus round combined with the absence of wild symbols during the base game makes Let's Go Fish'n one of Aristocrat's more disappointing games, and unless you're a passionate angler who loves the theme, superior options will always be available.