Game of the Week – Frog Fortunes
If you like treasure hunting themed games, then you may enjoy Frog Fortunes. It is the latest online slot game from Real Time Gaming and offers the potential of big wins with a max payout of 150x your initial bet.
Let’s take a look at this game, including the bonus features that include exploding symbols and cascading reels.
Frog Fortunes Takes You on a Treasure Hunt
Frog Fortunes is a 5-Reel 243 Ways to Win slot game from Real Time Gaming. The game has a treasure hunting theme where you’re exploring the Temple of the Frog. The background is set in a forest and the music reminds you of music from most classic treasure hunt adventure movies.
This game has variable stakes with spins ranging from .25 per spin up to $25 per spin. Note that payouts are based on credits, which are 1/25 of your bet.
The symbols for this game are what you’d expect from this type of game. Lower paying symbols are gems rather than the Royals. Various animal totems serve as higher paying symbols. The top-paying symbol appears to be a Hawk totem with a top payout of 150 credits.
Like most RTG slot games, smaller three and four of a kind wins aren’t going to return you initial bet. For lower paying symbols, even 5 of a kind won’t net you a profitable spin. As such, you need multi-line wins to have a shot at winning at this game.
There are no Wild symbols for this game, but there is a fun feature that can trigger cascading reels.
Exploding Symbols and Cascading Reels
At random, bomb symbols will appear anywhere on the reel. When this happens, the bomb will explode and will destroy symbols in a random pattern. The explosion will take out as few as two blocks to as many as nine.
After the explosion, the destroyed blocks will be replaced with a random symbol, and new wins calculated. If the explosion creates a winning combination, then the cascading reels feature is triggered.
With cascading reels, any winning combinations are removed and new symbols drop in their place. If a new winning combination is made, the cascade continues. This feature continues until no winning combinations are made.
Frog Fortunes Too High in Variance
When I first started trying out this game, I was a bit confused. While it is called Frog Fortunes, the only thing that seems to have anything to do with a frog is the frog at the bottom of the screen. Otherwise, the game seems to be a badly designed treasure hunting theme.
Next, the payouts for this game are extremely low, even for a Real Time Gaming slot game. I only turned a profit on a handful of wins and many times I was lucky to win half of my bet. As such, this game is super high variance.
I also don’t recommend this for anyone trying to clear online casino bonuses. The low payouts are a guaranteed bankroll drain and unless you get incredibly lucky, you will probably waste your money. You’d be better off playing Dr. Acula.
The only remotely positive thing that I can say for this game is that the exploding symbols and cascading reels feature do trigger regularly. This is good because the game lacks a bonus round or special features like you see in many popular slot games.
Frog Fortunes can be found at Casino Max, Slotto Cash Casino, and most US online casinos offering Real Time Gaming slot games. I cannot recommend this game due to the low payouts and the lack of bonus features. This is one treasure that should remain buried.