Free Sharky Slot Machine - Instant Play Game
When I first loaded up this game on my screen, I was really excited, because I had never even seen it in a casino, or at a gaming show. So, it was completely new to me and that is unusual for a Novomatic slots.
Treasure hunts, pillaging and sea adventures are some of the fantasies that most of us relate to our early childhood, which is why Novomatic's Sharky will be a walk down the memory lane, thanks to their simple and picture book like design.
The movie industry has managed to revive the interest for the topic and it's now as good a time as any to do a bit of time traveling and go back to year 2002, when Sharky was first released.
Simplicity in design and gameplay are the first things that catch the eye - the reels are placed against a deep blue sea background with a sinister looking shark, lurking in the back while other symbols include the Pirate, Parrot, Treasure Chest, Pirate Ship, Crossed Swords, Deserted Island and a Compass.
Before you start to spin, make sure that the number of paylines and the bet amounts are set according to your preferences. The lines can be adjusted by using the game commands placed at the bottom of the screen, enabling you to select 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 active paylines, or by clicking on the Max Bet tab which will activate 100 lines and increase the number of coins per line to 900 coins across all paylines.
If you score a win, Gamble feature will turn on, offering a chance to double the amount on a card game or collect the money. Those who decide to live on the edge will be transferred to a different screen, with a single card facing down. Your job is to guess if the card is black or red and every accurate guess will double the amount until the limit is reached.
The Pirate symbol is the Wild and can therefore replace all other icons when it lands on the reels. The symbols exempt from this rule are the Scatters. Traditionally, most slots only have one Scatter, however, Sharky features three of these icons: Pirate Ship, Deserted Island and Compass. When the Pirate Ship and Deserted Island icons land on the reels together, 10 Free Spins will be triggered.
The Free Rounds can be re-triggered and the new icon will be introduced – Rowing Pirate Wild. This symbol will be limited to Free Games only, replacing other symbols and moving across the screen, thus changing its reel position until the shark attacks him. It will also generate a payment when combined with the Treasure Chest icon on a connecting reel.
Although this is not a newly released slot, the payout potential and bonus features make Sharky extremely competitive. Traveling Wild that appears in Free Spins and ends up attacked by a shark is a truly nice touch as it multiplies the chances of landing a payable icon combination and the re-triggerable spins are always a welcome addition.
One potential drawback that can be noticed from time to time is that there are sessions when Wild symbol is very difficult to land, but if you manage to persevere, bounty awaits!
If you are looking for a break from complex and over the top slots and would like to try something simple for a change, Sharky may be just the game for you. Starting with the theme that has a nostalgic undertone and is likely to remind a lot of the players to more innocent times of their lives, and all the way to bonus features which turn out to be a pleasant surprise, Sharky will definitely give you a lot more than you bargained for – in a good way.