Fishing slots are popular for a variety of reasons, with the collect mechanic being one of the main features of interest for players. Net Gains stands out from the sea of other fishing-related games, due to the fact that additional bonus modes and modifiers have been added. In addition to this, the graphics displayed in this slot are incredibly easy on the eye, as it follows a crew of animals that are trying to fill their nets. The background of this board is animated, with 6 different reels and a total of 4,096 different paylines. It's also worth mentioning that a cascade mechanic is introduced in Net Gains, meaning that matching symbols are removed from the reels, allowing fresh ones to drop in.
This slot was created by Relax Gaming, a provider that makes slots and has released a wide variety of table games. In the past, the company has released a variety of top-rated slot machines, with titles such as The Great Pigsby Megaways, Money Train, and Beast Mode being some of the highlights of their portfolio.
To start this section, Net Gains features the standard 10, J, Q, K, and A symbols. Premium symbols consist of a necklace in a box, a bottle of whiskey, an octopus, a crab, and a lion sailor. These can award players with up to 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, and 25x the stake size, respectively.
Net Gains also has three different special symbols. Wilds are the first, shown as a shark, which can replace any standard or premium symbol to create a matching combination of icons. Mystery symbols can also drop into play, displayed as question marks, with the final bonus icon being the scatter, appearing as a bell.
The first bonus feature in Net Gains is random mystery symbols that can appear during the base game. There are three types, the first of which is the regular wild symbol. Regular wild icons will all reveal the same symbol at the end of the spin. Next is the octopus mystery symbol, which will transform a selected symbol into standard mystery icons. Last but not least is the bomb symbol, which has the same function as a traditional mystery icon, while also removing standard symbols from the board with an explosion.
In Net Gains, the main bonus can be triggered if three scatter symbols appear during the same spin or following a series of cascades. Should this happen, players will have the option to pick between 3 different bonus modes. There's also a chance that if two scatter icons appear simultaneously, the mystery symbols can reveal the last scatter, in order to activate the bonus.
Sticky mystery spins is the name of the first possible bonus, where players will start with five spins. Mystery symbols can appear on any of the reels, except for the first one, before locking in place for the duration of the mode. Keep in mind that all of the aforementioned mystery icons are activated in this bonus. For every cascade that occurs, +1 will be added to the bar in the bottom left of the slot. When this reaches 3, it will reset, before awarding players with an additional spin, as well as one more mystery icon.
Next is the stacked wild spins, where two different wild variations can appear. The first is a multiplier wild, with the value on them being applied to any matching combination. The other type is a countdown wild, which will remain on the board until they are a part of 3 different matching combinations. Again, these can appear on any of the reels, except for the first one. Players that opt for this mode will start with seven free spins.
Finally, there is a coin collection bonus mode, which starts players off with eight free spins. During this mode, coin icons can drop onto the board, displaying a fixed multiple. Should a collector symbol appear on reel 6, any coins in view will be collected, before being applied to the bet size and awarded to the player. A persistent collector can also land, which will remain in place for the rest of the feature while adding another five spins to the total.
Should four or more coins land simultaneously, without the presence of a collector symbol, the value will be stockpiled. This value will then be awarded to the player, should a collector land in the future. This bonus also has a meter, with each coin adding +1. If this meter reaches 10, the average value on each coin will be increased, and another spin is awarded. It's also possible for a 'coin rain' to occur, a mechanic which will add ten coins randomly across the board.
Net Gains is a slot that follows a familiar fishing theme. However, it comes with more bonus modes than most similar alternatives. For players that like to get immersed in the action, there is also a cutscene at the start of the game to accompany the high-quality graphics and animated background.
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