Eric's Big Catch Slot Features
An open 5x3 grid floats freely underwater just beneath Eric's ship. To score a win, at least 3 matching symbols must fall on any of the 20 pay lines. Additionally, each combination needs to begin from the leftmost reel and continue rightward along the neighboring columns. Five low-value royal icons pay between 0.1 and 2 times the bet, while five premium icons depicted as Eric's equipment award from 0.4 to 40 times.
Landing 3, 4, or 5 Scatter symbols triggers a bonus comprising 6, 8, or 10 free spins. During the round, every time the Wild Viking lands in view together with Fish Symbols, it will collect all their values. Additionally, the Viking acts as a Walking Wild, moving one position to the left and awarding a respin. All prizes from Fish Symbols are collected during the respin sequence, which lasts as long as there's at least one Wild Viking present on the board.
Each Wild Viking may gain a multiplier between x2 and x10 at any point during the respins. The total accumulated value will be applied to the total prize from Fish Symbols at the end of the respin sequence.
Bonus Buy & Super Stake
Players can choose to activate the Super Stake option to enhance their chances of triggering the features for a 100% increase in the active stake.
Alternatively, the bonus round can be triggered instantly in one of four variants:
- 6 free spins for 100 x bet
- 8 free spins for 150 x bet
- 10 free spins for 200 x bet
- A random choice between the three for 170 x bet
Even though fishing themes are one of the most popular choices among slot creators, next to Ancient Egypt and animals, Eric's Big Catch is arguably the first time someone dared to throw Vikings into the mix. The result is quite amusing since angling is usually perceived as a rather stationary and calm activity, which instantly clashes with the stereotypical image of Norse warriors. Still, it was undoubtedly something they had to do occasionally, especially when living on the coast. Going back to the game, Stakelogic seamlessly connected both subjects, creating a pleasant, cheerful environment brimming with colors and detailed symbols. Perhaps the overall feeling doesn't put the game too far out of the box, given the rather traditional approach to low-value and fish icons, but the Viking twist undoubtedly makes it original enough.
Gameplay-wise, the situation is mirrored. On the one hand, there's a classic instant prize collection system available in free spins, just like in Fishin' Frenzy or Big Bass Bonanza. On the other, the Walking Wild that absorbs all values while awarding respins creates an entirely new experience, allowing to build up the final prize. Not to mention the possible multipliers capable of boosting that total significantly at the end of the sequence. It all fits together rather nicely.