Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Goldfish 2 / Armada by WMS

Slot machine name:  Goldfish 2 - Armada

Manufacturer: WMS Gaming

Slot Type: Transmissive Reel

Lines: 30 lines. A player must bet all lines on each spin.

Reel dimensions: 5 reels, 3 symbols per reel.

Bonuses: Free spins bonus, plus 5 separate fish bonuses.

Rebranded: None, but shares some mechanics with Goldfish 2 - Mermaid's Wonder.

Progressive:  No progressive.

Author's Rating: 8.5 / 10.

Goldfish 2 - Armada was one of the first two transmissive reel slots put out by WMS gaming, coming out in January 2009. The game remains popular today due to frequently triggering bonuses and a relatively low minimum bet. These are often penny machines, leading to a low 30 cent minimum bet per spin.

In most configurations of this game, each reel has 4 stacked 'armada' ship symbols and two stacked 'wild' symbols. The remainder of the symbols on the reels are not stacked.

Each reel has at least one free spins symbol. In order to win free spins, a player must get at least three of these symbols within the play area. They do not need to be on consecutive reels, or be on a single pay line. Bonus spins are all awarded with a 3x multiplier. The number of spins depends on the number of symbols triggering the bonus:

  • 3 bonus symbols = 12 free spins
  • 4 bonus symbols = 20 free spins
  • 5 bonus symbols = 30 free spins
In addition to the free spins bonus, each spin (including free spins) can trigger a fish bonus. One of five colors of fish will come out and give you a specific prize:

Gold fish: Displays a series of chests. The player picks one of the chests to reveal a number of free spins. After each winning free spin, the goldfish applies a multiplier of up to 10x to that spin. The free bonus spins may also be triggered during this bonus.

Red fish: Displays a number of shells to the player. Each shell contains a symbol from the reels. All symbols except Wild and Bonus symbols are present. The player picks three shells, and those symbols will replaced with wilds on the previous spin.

Purple fish: The purple fish gives a direct credit reward.

Blue fish: The blue fish randomly respins individual reels between 2 and 5 times, and generates a multiplier of 1x to 10x for each respin.

Green fish: Displays a series of chests. Chests contain either keys, each of which will increase the multiplier and generate credits, or a squid or pearl, which generate credits and end the bonus round. At the end, the total credits are multiplied by the multiplier. If the player picked all 7 keys, they automatically win the pearl credits as well.

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