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Dolphins are the Wombats of the sea, or so they say. With less hair obviously. And this slot release from NextGen Gaming is certainly a choice pick for any Wombat gamer.
A deep-sea based slot that was released back in 2009, but don’t fret: frequent updates have kept the visual features looking great. The buttons of play are presented like physical slot machines with the 20 paylines presented either side of the reels.
Will you find treasure on the sea floor of this nautical slot?
Look and Feel
The visual standard of Dolphin Reef will suit some and put others off. We think the simple set up and detailed high value symbols are great. There are no modern visual features or animations: NextGen have gone for an old-school slot machine vibe.
Much of the screen is taken up by the play grid; the 5-reels and 3-rows of Dolphin Reef are framed by the ocean with a frame of seaweed. The Dolphin Reef slot logo is positioned directly above the reels in a clear font with colours that match the setting. There’s no guessing what you are playing
The play table has a plain white background for each reel with symbols including royals and sea creatures across each reel. The play buttons positioned beneath the reels include a spin, auto start, pay-lines, bet per line and more information on the game.
The entire setup does the job. let’s just say that more effort has gone into the game mechanics than the look of play in the Dolphin Reef slot.
Dolphin Reef Game Play
The standard 5-reel playgrid has 20 pay-lines from left to right on which symbols can land to create winning combinations. The betting range in Dolphin Reef are great for all levels of player with a good range of wagering options: these depend on the number of lines in play and the bet per line.
The symbols include lower value 10-A of cards in bright colours and a simple yet effective font. The higher value symbols are made up of a seahorse, starfish, turtle and clownfish offering wins for combinations of 3 to 5 across a pay-line, paying left to right. There is also a Dolphin Wild symbol and treasure chest Scatter that adds bonus features to play, a Wombat’s favourite bitof any slot.
The Wild symbols in Dolphin Reef can only land on the 2nd and 4th reels, and when they do this symbols substitutes for any other to create a winning combination. The Wild symbol will always be used to create the best possible payout, and in this slot the Wild can even substitute for a Scatter symbol. You don’t see that very often
But I guess that is because the treasure chest Scatter symbol is used to provide a win rather than accessing a Free Spin feature.
Landing up to 5 of the Scatters anywhere across the grid in a single spin can reward a payout up to 25x the stake.
The Free Spins are activated by landing a dolphin Wild symbol in both the 2nd and 4th reel from a single spin. When this happens the 2nd and 4th reels are turned into water and become Sticky Wilds for the 5 Free Spins rewarded.
The maximum payout in Dolphin Reef is won by filling all 5 reels with the highest paying Clownfish symbol rewarding a tidy 5,000x the stake.
Simplicity is key to the Dolphin Reef slot and it does the job well, with classic visual features and a solid game mechanic. There’s nothing too complicated about the game. The bonus features are entertaining with Wilds helping to create combinations and rewarding Free Spins.