Moby Dick is the classic tale by American writer Herman Melville, telling the story of the sailor Ishmael who narrates the story of Captain Ahab’s revenge on the Great White Whale, Moby Dick. During Ahab’s previous whaling voyage, the white whale bit off his leg at the knee. It’s been the staple of a bed time story reading for literally generations of people over the years since the book was first published in 1851 during the period of the American Renaissance. Hollywood has remade the story several times. The latest of which was the sprawling 2015 Ron Howard-directed epic, “In the Heart of the Sea” starring Aussie hunk Chris Hemsworth (better known as Thor) that takes on the real-life event that inspired Melville’s classic tale, a giant whale destroying and sinking the New England whaling ship, Essex, in 1820.
The latest incarnation of the Moby Dick story is the Microgaming’s instalment, ‘Moby Dick’, the Online Slot. ‘Moby Dick’, the online slot went live on October 18 2017 at all Microgaming Online Casinos worldwide (Spin Palace, Ruby Fortune, Betway, Royal Vegas and Jackpot City amongst others).
Thankfully, ‘Moby Dick’ slots, is a little easier to digest than Melville’s epic, yet sometimes, overly wordy book. The tale of Moby Dick has become a household name over the years, often told with grizzly relish. ‘Moby Dick’ the online slots version certainly does the tale justice. Visually, it’s as sharp as any online slots comes. ‘Moby Dick’ is extraordinarily easy on the eye and the game is decked out with top-draw gameplay features.
Gameplay and Symbols
Set with in a visually stunning ocean backdrop with Captain Ahab standing harpoon in hand, on whale watch at the bow of his ship, Moby Dick is essentially a 5-reel slot with 3 rows and 25 mixed paylines and a non-progressive jackpot of 200 coins.
You’ll also notice Captain Ahab’s ship, the Pequod, as a ‘framework’ along the side of the reels. The higher value symbols are all related to the theme and include Moby, Ahab, a mug of beer, an anchor, and a question mark. 10, J, Q, K and A comprise the lower value symbols.
‘Moby Dick’s’ wild symbol is the ship’s wheel. The wild substitutes for all other symbols to help form winning combinations with the exception of the Free Spins scatter (i.e. Moby’s giant mouth). The symbol that offers the top cash prizes is Moby Dick, with 5 of those symbols across the reels paying 200x your line bet.
Land four ’Moby Dick’s’ or more, and you’ll activate the bonus feature. Lastly, the Moby Dick slot has quite low volatility, while the Return to Player percentage is an industry consistent 96.00%.
I loved this. What a great feature, opening up more and multiple chances to win! The freezing feature literally freezes a winning combination in place and will award another spin. By landing more of the same symbol, they too will also lock in place and give you more re-spins. These re-spins will continue and continue until no more similar symbols land. You’ll be paid the cumulative winnings after there are no more additional wins. Genius. It is simply a superb feature.
The Free Spins feature is activated by landing at least four of the Free Spins scatter symbols. Land these four or more scatters and you will receive;
- Four Scatters – 10 free spins
- Five Scatters – 12 free spins
- Six Scatters – 15 free spins
- Seven+ Scatters – 20 free spins
The Freezing Wins feature makes it potentially possible to land that number of scatters regularly. During this round, up to three wild symbols may possibly appear on the third reel. Additionally, it may also be possible to trigger more spins by landing more scatters throughout this round.
Knowing the professional-level games developed at Microgaming, it won’t come as any surprise that this game is mobile friendly. The browser-based design ensures compatibility with all major mobile devices, including both iOS and Android products.
‘Moby Dick’ rewards players with its superb play action. Its visuals run smoothly, elegantly and stylishly without jerking or loading issues. Of course, its good and just works! It is a Microgaming product after all.
What the Developers Think
David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming has said of the new game; ”Moby Dick online slot is graphically rich with highly detailed artwork. The game’s features with both free spins and the Win Freezing element make for a highly entertaining slot.”
Our final verdict
‘Moby Dick’ is a stunning looking online slot. The graphics are amongst the best you’ll find at any Online Casino, anywhere, anytime and it is 100% desktop and mobile device friendly. ‘Moby Dick’ will entertain you for hours with its captivating artwork and its enticing free games that can be re-triggered with the possibility of winning up to 40 free spins.
The ‘Win Freezing’ feature certainly keeps things interesting and your bankroll ticking over, especially if you happen to land in a cluster of high value symbols. The ‘Wins Freezing’ feature potentially keeps supplying you with enough cash in pocket to trigger a big win. Any feature that provides value for money and with more chances to stay in the game for longer to win more is a fantastic one in my books.
I highly recommend to check out ‘Moby Dick’ today at all Microgaming Online Casinos worldwide (Spin Palace, Ruby Fortune, Betway, Royal Vegas and Jackpot City amongst others).