Shark Bite Slot Game from Amaya
You’ll need to think more Finding Nemo than 20,000 Leagues beneath the sea to get an idea of this Amaya online slot. The graphics are cartoon-like and the animations entertaining. As you might expect, sharks play the central role – both on the reels and during the bonus round. There are some nice touches not found on other Amaya slots. These include sharks which increase the number of wilds on a spin, a bonus game that can only be triggered from within the free spins game, and wins that sometimes go in 2 directions
How to Win on Shark Bite
Regular play is based on a standard 5 reel 25 win line setup with 3 rows of symbols. The biggest single prize is only 1000 coins (for 5 of the Shark Bite logo symbols set inside of a sharks’ mouth). This is made up for by both the frequency of wins and the extra wilds. Another shark symbol appears on reels 2 through 5. When this appears it comes to live and with a comedy munching sound it eats all the symbols on the same row from its position to the right. This means that if you hit one on reel 2, you get 4 wild symbols in a row. This guarantees at least one 5 of a kind win, and usually makes several more wins too. Obviously this feature becomes less effective the further to the right the shark wild lands.
A clownfish comes next, this is worth 750 for 5 on a line. A purple fish looking out from some reeds and a ray of some kind are next at 500 coins – with starfish (300) and a clam (100) next. Eels have been made to look like playing card symbols ace down to jack to make up the smaller wins. Each of the fish have an animation when you win with them, with the eels becoming electrified!
During regular play the final symbol you’ll find on the reels is a treasure chest which appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. This triggers the free spins game when you hit all 3.
Shark Bite Slot Free Spins and Bonus Game
When you trigger the bonus some wooden planks appear announcing that you have won 10 free spins. The setting of the reels goes darker, and the tune when the reels spin kicks in too. During these spins wins start to work from both directions. You’ll win from left to right like usual, then wins from right to left will also be added. If one line has wins both ways, then only the largest win counts.
Another difference is that a new ‘Bonus’ symbol appears. This takes the place of the chests. If you hit 2 of the bonus symbols on the middle 3 reels, then you get to play a second screen game within the free spins feature.
This is very entertaining graphically, and starts off with 3 groups of colorful fish swimming around rapidly. You are instructed to choose your prey, and click on one of the groups. The others disappear and a shark appears eating the fish (well, those it can catch anyway). Next the shark swims around to face you and starts to spit out fish bones. You are then awarded a multiplier of your total bet. You get to do this 3 times in total – with the final payout up to 30x your bet.
Assuming you have some free spins left you will then go back to those and complete your quota of 10. Since there are no treasure chests left, the spins can’t be retriggered.
Design and Setup of Shark Bite
I would rate this as one of the best Amaya slots when it comes to design. The scene is naturally underwater and the reels are transparent – you can see a shipwreck behind when they spin. All of the symbols are nicely done, with entertaining short animations and sounds. I was particularly Impressed with the bonus game animation, that shark has been designed with some real character!
The setup is a standard 25 line video slot over a 5 by 3 grid. You can lower the default number of win-lines, though for most players the ability to adjust your coin size should be enough. The auto play is configurable, or you can just choose the number of spins before it stops.
This slot holds up well in a crowded genre of underwater themed games. It has a great balance of playability and humor – and the bonus game in combination with the bidirectional wins of the free spins round have the potential for some bigger wins. This is one for your shortlist!