I visited South Point over the Fourth of July weekend and played this really different new game from Aruze – Paradise Fishing.
A lot of the new games have great graphics and "surround sound," but this new game has Reel Feel™. It’s a new technology that allows you to not only see, and hear the game but also "feel" it.
When the game launches into one of its five bonuses you’re instructed to place your hands on the head of the fishing rod in the center of the button area on the machine and to move it while the bonus is playing.
The bonuses all involve catching fish. When hooking a fish you can feel the rod shake and actually feel the "bite" when you’ve landed a live one, and the disappointment when the tension slackens and your fish gets away.
The game was set up in a bank of six machines. Above the machines is a video screen of an underwater sea complete with colorful corral, fish and other sea life like crabs and squids. Above the water line are six fishing boats each featuring a different fisherman (or woman).
Each boat and its fisherman connect to one of the machines. The fisherman appears at the top of that machine’s screen and throws out encouraging remarks as you play.
The Sea Fishing bonus occurs during regular play when three bonus symbols appear. You are instructed to grab your rod and look up at the top screen. A mass of fish appear under your boat and you begin to fish. The bigger the fish, the greater its value.
When you have caught three fish the bonus is over and the credit value of your catch is multiplied by the number of credits per line you have bet.
Also, randomly during regular play your fisherman can be activated and try to catch a fish for a bonus pay.
The remaining bonuses occur randomly at any time during normal play and include all players. The screens tell you to grab your rod and look up to watch the competition play out.
During the Good Catch Competition each fish has a credit value and the three players with the top values at the end of the competition are awarded bonus credit in addition to those they have already won.
The Massing Fish Competition causes a school of fish to swarm around your fisherman’s hook and you’re ready to fish.
As the Big Game Fish Competition begins the big fish (with values in three and four digits) start swimming across the top screen. If you’re lucky you can catch a big one but you have to be careful. These fish fight back and even if you hook one you have to play till you get him in your boat for the catch to count.
Every time I got a big one he managed to get away. However several of the other players managed to pull theirs into their boats for some nice prizes.
This game is loads of fun to play and it attracts a crowd that can’t help but cheer you on as you try to reel in your catch.
The community bonuses came up quite often and usually paid fairly well. I played for quite a while with my original $20 (at 60 cents) and finally cashed out with $32.10.
I made a $12.10 profit from my original $20 investment. However, at the machine next to me the lady who was playing when I sat down cashed out with $72. She said her starting amount was just $20.
After she got up a gentleman sat down and played starting with $20. Only playing 30 cents (one credit per line) he had $65 when I left.
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