Deep down at the bottom of the ocean there are some weird and wonderful creatures, as you will certainly discover if you spin the 5 reels of this 15-payline slot machine by Playtech. Wacky Waters is an underwater themed slot which is filled all sorts of novelty sea critters, and if you line up the right combinations of these watery animals then you could win a top jackpot of 225,000 credits. This video slot also comes with three different bonus features to ensure that its players are thoroughly entertained.
Any slot machine enthusiast will know that there are loads of slot machines with an aquatic theme out there. What sets this slot machine apart from the rest is the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously. The graphics aren't going to blow you away, but they do give the slot machine a colourful and cheerful aesthetic, depicting a series of sea life symbols in two-dimensional cartoon format. There are some small sea creatures such as prawns, seahorses, a clown fish, a yellow starfish and a tropical fish with black and white stripes. Some bigger underwater beasts include a wild blowfish called Albert, a crazy octopus character and a smiling shark, who actually looks more friendly than hungry! Other than that, there are some generic playing card icons (A, K, Q, and J) which keep in line with the fun and light-hearted theme with a bubble style font.
As mentioned, this slot machine doesn't have the most impressive set of graphics when put next to other games with contemporary 3D graphics. However, the slot machine does include some basic animations to bring the aquatic environment to life, such as small shoals of fish swimming in the waters behind the reels while bubbles rise to the surface in the foreground.
You've already met all of the paying symbols that this slot machine has to offer. All that needs to be done for these icons to start rewarding prizes if for them to line up on any of the 15 fixed paylines in rows of two or more (depending on the symbol). When this happens, a multiplier value will be applied to the value of the stake per line, as you can see for yourself in the table below:
The biggest stake per line that is available is 75 credits, which will make for a jackpot win of 225,000 credits should five wild puffer fish symbols fall on a payline. That puffer fish isn't only the most lucrative symbol the game but it will also substitute for all other paying icons.
There are three special gameplay features in this underwater game and again, the puffer fish icon is involved in a couple of them. First of all, the “Puffin' Up Feature” occurs when the puffer fish appears in the central reel position (the middle of reel 3). When that happens, Albert the blowfish will literally puff up to cover 1-6 other positions anywhere on the wheel and since this character is a wild icon, this could potentially lead to new winning combinations being formed.
The other time that Albert comes into play is during the special “Albert's Underwater Bonus” side game. This feature is triggered when three bonus anchors land on the first, third and fifth reels, and players will have to choose a special path for Albert to swim along before releasing him from his anchor trap. As Albert rises, he will collect different symbols to determine how many free spins are played with how many extra wilds and with which bonus multiplier value. Albert will also find air bubbles which will help him float even higher to collect more bonus symbols.
The final special feature is a “Cash Crab” game which is triggered when three or more scattered crab icons appear in any reel position. This will give spinners to chance to pick one of the crabs to reveal a bonus prize worth up to 100x their total bet.
Wacky Waters may have quite a generic theme and it doesn't exactly offer anything new or exciting on the visual front. However, this 5 reel slot machine by Playtech is filled with special bonus games and extra features, ensuring that players are thoroughly entertained when they play the game. Plus, with a maximum total bet of 1,125 credits and a jackpot of 225,000 credits, players have every opportunity to experience some adrenaline fuelled spins.