Leprechaun from Gameburger Studio is here to spread holiday cheer, so ho, ho, ho! In Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold, Lucky Lad Flynn is feeling the holiday spirit. We are several slots into a range that blends gold, fishing, leprechauns, jackpot symbols, and money symbol collecting, as regular readers of the series will know. Now, all that gear gets wrapped up in Christmas bows and delivered to armchair fishermen just in time for the holidays.
Santa Flynn replaces Lucky Lad Flynn as the resident gaming elf, but his responsibilities remain the same. The artwork of Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold continues to blend Christmas symbols with those from Celtic culture and fishing. The game environment is still set on the water, with a landscape and ocean floor serving as the backdrop. The snowflakes, snowman, and Christmas tree all go in with the concept, as do the presents at the bottom of the screen, as if Santa’s sleigh had met turbulence and dumped its load into the ocean. A true Christmassy/Celtic music, complete with singing, is what truly hammers the message home; if that doesn’t get you in the holiday mood, I don’t know what will.
On a 5-reel game panel, the patchwork quilt of cliches that is Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold unfolds; the standard game features 3 rows and 10 fixed paylines, while free spins increase this to 5 rows and 20 paylines. The theoretical return to player is very variable, with four conceivable values ranging from a maximum of 96% to a low of 86.75%. Slot-bound fisherman may play on any device and cast out wagers ranging from 10 pence to £/€25 each spin.
Now, we get to the game’s symbols; there are ten basic payout symbols in Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold. Snow-covered royals from 10 to A pay 10 times the wager for a full house, followed by any five fish money symbols, which pay 20 times the wager, and then floats, lures, boots, and boxes, which pay 50 to 200 times the wager for a full house. Santa Flynn makes an appearance on reel 5 during the main game and all reels during the free spins bonus round. His duties include acting as the wild and replacing standard payout symbols.
Slot Functions for “Fishing for Christmas Gold”
When both Santa Flynn and fish money symbols are in view, the former will gather the latter. When fish symbols appear, payouts can reach 100 times the initial wager. Santa Flynn may also catch jackpot symbols on his quest. Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega Jackpot Symbols award 15, 50, 500, and 5,000 times the wager, respectively.
No Risk Turns
If you get 3, 4, or 5 of the free spins scatter symbols, you’ll win 10, 15, or 20 bonus spins. During bonus rounds, the playing field expands by two rows and ten paylines. The Accumulation Trail is another tool used during free spins. A Santa Flynn icon is gathered from the trail whenever one appears. A maximum of 12 may be amassed. When 3 Santa Flynns are found, the player receives 5 extra free spins and a multiplier that climbs from x1 to x2, x3, x5, and finally x10. All monetary symbols you acquire are increased by this factor.
Offer for Sale
If this option is available, players can utilize it to purchase additional spins at no cost. To receive 10, 15, or 20 free games, you must wager 50x, 100x, or 150x the amount you originally wagered.
Slot Machine Christmas Jackpots
While critiquing Fishin’ BIGGER Pots of Gold, we speculated about the potential future of the Fishin’ franchise. For laughs, we guessed at a ‘Book of’ theme, but Gameburger Studios has gone in a different direction, offering a fishy alternative to the holiday season. We can compare Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold to the weird trinity formed when the popular hobby of fishing is combined with religious tenets and folklore. Is there proof that it actually works? Sure, it does its job just as well as any of the other dozens of fishing games out there, including the genre-defining Christmas Big Bass Bonanza, although with a lot more leprechauns. However, it was difficult to get up any enthusiasm for Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold, as we had already pretty well hit and surpassed the fishing slot saturation threshold quite some time before.
If the proposed fishing slot offered anything novel, it wouldn’t matter as much. Aside from the novelty of seeing Lucky Lad Flynn in a Santa hat, Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold doesn’t have much holiday cheer to offer. If that is not the case, then there is probably not much here that anglers don’t already know. The free spins, jackpot symbols, and accumulation trail in Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold are just your standard fare. It was effective in the Big Bass books, and it is effective here as well. While the maximum payout is still a substantial 15,472.5x the wager, this game is not as potentially profitable as Fishin’ Bigger Pots of Gold.
Really, what else can one say? It’s fair to say that Fishin’ Christmas Pots of Gold, like many other Christmas-themed slot machines, felt like a rushed arrival for the holiday season. No matter. While the fire is crackling and the eggnog is frothing, why not try your luck at a game with leprechauns, Christmas trees, fish, symbols for winning money, and jackpots?