"Get ready to reel in the wins with The Angler" is the tagline for this effort from Betsoft which sees the player take the role of Otis, a fisherman playing for sport as he slings his rod into the fresh waters and hopes to pull off a catch of the day and reel them in (enjoy that pun because there'll be more of them to come!). The game is another of the latest offerings by industry stalwarts Betsoft and you can be sure to see it around at several of your favourite online casinos in the coming weeks.
The gameplay for The Angler is fairly standard for Betsoft and similarly intuitive to the gameplay found in other Betsoft games such as Fruit Zen and The Slotfather. As many online casino games developers are wont to do, picking a specific theme and using that theme to create a new spin on another game or on software that has already been developed is a common tactic and one which Betsoft have gone for here. That said, The Angler slot has some charming animations that aren't seen in other games and also includes a unique and innovative bonus game.
The Angler, which has 20 paylines spread across five reels, makes use of symbols that look like the fish out of Finding Nemo. You can also land on an Otis symbol and there are several special symbols, such as the Bonus symbol which is a bucket of fish, the Scatter symbol which is an oyster proudly displaying its pearl and a fiery red octupus with a slightly deranged look in his eyes is the Wild symbol which can fill in for any symbol to complete a payline. As you pick up wins, you'll see Otis' fishing lines roll out and pull in the symbols caught. Landing three of the Bonus symbols takes you to a separate bonus game where Otis hops into his boat and sails out onto the lake and you have the choice to pull or reel which can lead to you reeling in more fish. If you get them, you get more credits to play with. There is also a "double-up" game that consists of a heads-or-tails coin toss to improve your winnings.
This is one game that will appeal to countless people out there who enjoying fishing, which is its own kind of gambling, as well as online slots. This a bright and visually appealing game and the bonus game is a definite plus that breaks the monotony of what could have been a simplistic and repetitve game. There are plenty of Bitcoins masquerading as fish out there to be hooked on the bait and reeled in so you may as well grab your fishing rod and make your way to one of the online casinos that has The Angler slot. As ever, it is possible to try it out for free beforehand.