Ugliest Catch Slot Features
Bound by worn fishing nets floating under the slimy surface, a 5x3 grid rewards players with prizes whenever at least 3 matching symbols land on adjacent reels. Each combination must begin from the leftmost side of the panel and continue rightwards along any of the 243 available ways. Scoring wins on low-value icons pays between 0.25 and 0.7 times the bet, while hits comprising premium fish symbols awards from 0.6 to 5 times.
Above and below the main grid, two rows form Enhancer Cells areas. Whenever a Scatter lands on a reel, corresponding cells will open, awarding any of the following features:
- Fisherman Wild
- Big Berta
- xWays (that transforms into 2-4 instances of a randomly selected regular symbol)
- Any regular paying symbol
Kill N' Grill Wild Fishing
The feature triggers whenever a Golden Fisherman appears in an opened Enhancer Cell. Any visible Fish Trophy and Big Berta symbols will be collected and awarded as the multiplication of the active bet. Collectible symbols can land with the following multiplier values:
- Fish Trophy: 2x, 5x, 25x, 100x, 250x, 1000x, 5000x.
- Big Berta: 100x, 250x, 1000x, 5000x.
Ugliest Catch Free Spins
Scoring Scatters in the base game triggers one of three free spin variants:
- 8 Lunker Spins with 6 opened Enhancer Cells for 3 Scatters.
- 9 Hawg Spins with 8 opened Enhancer Cells for 4 Scatters.
- 10 Honey Hole Spins with 10 opened Enhancer Cells for 5 Scatters.
During the game, a Troll Level progressive feature is active, awarding an increased multiplier for any Kill N' Grill Fishing rewards after every 4th collected Fisherman Wild. The enhancing values grow to x2 after the first batch, x3 after the second, and x10 after the third. Each time the multiplier increases, 2 extra spins are also awarded.
Bonus Buy & Booster Bet
In the Ugliest Catch slot, players can enable the Booster Bet for a 75% increase of the active bet to get a guaranteed Scatter symbol on the second reel. Alternatively, each of the three bonus game variants can be triggered instantly for a fixed buy-in:
- Lunker Spins for 94 x bet.
- Hawg Spins for 300 x bet.
- Honey Hole Spins for 866 x bet.
- Lucky Draw with a 50%/25%/25% chance split in favor of the most valuable mode for 390 x bet.
If you, like us, felt slightly overwhelmed by the sea of fishing slots emerging recently from every other studio, you'll most likely see Ugliest Catch as a refreshing entry, however paradoxically it may sound given the rather distasteful subject matter. On the other hand, what else could we have expected from a rule-bending, mainstream-boycotting studio like Nolimit City? If those guys decide to exercise a bit of mockery toward the competition, you can always expect a creative and completely twisted approach. And so, instead of shiny scales on a plump bass or the magnificent lean body of a marlin, there are severed feet attached to cinderblocks, rusted beer cans, and dirty rain boots rolling through the reels. Not to mention the horrific fish no self-respecting angler would ever like to see at the end of his fishing rod. The rest of the environment is relatively simple yet well-designed, accommodating the studio's signature Enhancer Reels under fishing nets and placing the sought-after multipliers on a shabby boat floating just above the grid. As usual, you can also enjoy a series of amusing graphics if you manage to score a big enough win, witnessing the main hero's struggles to reel in the ugliest catch.
Flowing with the current along other fishing slots, the mechanics strongly brush against the instant win collection, although in a slightly altered way than the industry blockbusters like Fishin' Frenzy or Big Bass Bonanza. As mentioned, the Enhancer Cells involving the xWays mechanics add a very "nolimity" feel to the gameplay, while the multipliers and the Fisherman Wild form a solid link to those titles that began the entire angling slots revolution. All in all, it's a genuinely pleasant mix that should satisfy players enjoying the classic fishing format and those who expected a slightly more meaty experience doused with an edgy presentation.