Slot Aquarium — Game Review
Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox
Back in 2019, provider Yggdrasil Gaming released Golden Fish Tank, an underwater adventure with feature picks to enhance the bonus round. Quickly becoming one of their most popular releases, players enjoyed both playing the game, and watching their favourite streamers attempt to crack the maximum win – made even better by interactivity through the feature. This year, the team are bringing us a sequel, combined with their trademark mechanic, Gigablox™, in the form of Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox. Stacked wilds are still the goal, but now the game is backed up by a hit frequency of 26%, medium-high volatility levels, 96.0% RTP, and a maximum win of 5,000x bet. Let’s take a deeper dive into this new release…
Visually, things have stayed more or less exactly the same, with the same characters and aquarium setting, although graphics have been considerably tightened, bringing this release up to date with sharp imagery. Audios are similar to the bubbling backing tracks of the original, although have been adapted slightly for this newer version, still smooth, and suiting the theme well.
Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox Base Features
Taking place across 6 reels, Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox features 25 fixed lines, with wins formed by matching symbols across a win line, beginning at the leftmost reel. Of course, in spite of always having 6 reels active, the Gigablox feature goes towards making it sometimes seem like we have less, with reels combining to form Gigablox symbols each spin. On any spin, at least 2 adjacent reels will combine to form Gigablox symbols up to 4×4 in size, although this can increase to 6×6 during free spins. Once the reels have stopped spinning, Gigablox symbols will then separate again, releasing these mega symbols down into matching regular sized symbols to form wins.
Helping to form wins are a host of symbols, including diamonds, clubs, spades and hearts at the lower end of the pay table, rewarding players with wins between 0.2 and 2x bet, for wins between 3 and 6 of a kind. At the premium end, we meet our fishy friends – landing 3 of a kind pink or blue fish will award wins of 0.6 and 0.8x bet respectively, increasing to wins of 6 and 8x bet respectively for 6 of a kind matches. Next up is our white and orange fish, paying between 0.8 and 10x bet for wins between 3 and 6 of a kind, which leaves the green fish as the highest available premium symbol – land between 3 and 6 of a kind for wins between 1 and 12x bet. Finally, golden wilds can land on any reel, paying 1.6x bet for 3 of a kind, whilst landing 6 across a win line will award values of 20x bet. Wilds substitute for all symbols except Scatters, which are represented by golden fish.
One new feature has made its way into Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox – the Treasure Chest, which lands on the reel 5. Treasure Chest will always award a prize, even if only partially visible. The bigger the chest, the better the average prize. In the base game, prizes can be:
- Between 2-500x bet cash win.
- 5, 9 or 16 Free Spins.
And that’s pretty much all there is in the base game of Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox – much like its’ predecessor things are mostly about the bonus round. Golden Bet gives us a chance to enhance the feature before we even trigger it, however. If the feature is triggered with Golden Bet active, players are granted an additional +1 feature pick. Golden Bet costs an extra 20% per spin, and does not increase pay values listed above.
Golden Fish Tank Gigablox Bonus
Landing 5 or more Scatter symbols in the base game triggers Free Spins – and remember, this could just be one giant Gigablox symbol. A 4×4 Gigablox Scatter will break down to reveal 8 Free Spin symbols. Each Scatter in view awards 1 free spin, alongside a random amount of Feature Picks – anywhere between 3 and 7. After being awarded the Feature Picks, one more will be awarded if Golden Bet is active.
So first up, before even beginning to pick features, players have a decision to make – ‘I’m happy!’ or ‘I want more!’. Basically, would you like to gamble? Although no more free spins will be awarded, players have a chance to gamble up to 8 feature picks, by finding a golden starfish (1 in 3 chance). Players can gamble for just one additional pick, or can continue the whole way to 8 picks, but if they choose a grey starfish the entire bonus round is forfeited.
Now, once you’re happy with the amount of feature picks, it’s time to actually pick the features – everyone’s favourite moment! An assortment of objects like shells will appear at the bottom of the fish tank, and players will choose at random to reveal their features. Features available are:
- Wild Fish: One fish symbol is turned wild.
- x2: A x2 multiplier is applied to all wins.
- Extra Wild: 1-2 wilds added in random positions on every spin.
- Fish Stacks: High stacks of fish on the reels.
- Extra Free Spins: 1-5 additional free spins.
- Expanded Reels: An additional 2 rows are added to the reels, meaning 6×6 Gigablox symbols can land.
Only one ‘Fish Stack’ can be awarded per free spins round, so if you choose a stacked fish all other fish stack picks will be revealed and greyed out, no longer able to be chosen. If ‘Expanded Reels’ has been chosen, the additional 2 rows will activate a total of 40 pay lines.
All features last for the duration of the free spins round.
And that’s it! Once your features have been picked, it’s time to make your way to the deeper purple tones of the bonus round, and play through your free spins. If you’re lucky, you’ll have chosen the same fish to appear stacked and wild, meaning you have stacked wilds – the same goal as the original Golden Fish Tank. During free spins, Treasure Chests can continue to land on reel 5, again awarding a prize, even if only partially visible. The bigger the chest, the better the average prize. In free spins, prizes can be:
- Between 2-500x bet cash win.
- 1, 2, 3 or 5 Extra Free Spins.
Players in appropriate regions can fast track things and go straight into the free spins with the Feature Buy option, with two choices available. First, for a cost of 60x bet players can trigger between 5-16 free spins with 3-7 feature picks. Next, with Golden Bet activated, players can spend 100x bet to trigger between 5-16 free spins with 4-8 feature picks.
Golden Fish Tank is certainly an incredibly popular release from the team at Yggdrasil – maybe it could be the feature picks, the low volatility, the chance of a full screen of wilds allowing us to ‘complete the game’, or maybe we just like the bright colours, friendly characters and upbeat audios. Either way, players took to Golden Fish Tank like a fish to water, and it seems Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox will be no different.
Features available are more or less exactly what was available in the original, which is joy to our ears – if the feature pick had been removed it just wouldn’t have felt worthy of being a sequel. Rather, we have the same features now with the added excitement of Gigablox symbols up to 4×4 in size during the base game and 6×6 in size during free spins. Further to this, treasure chests can now land, to facilitate free spins, or wins up to 500x bet in size. Finally, the gamble feature does turn the excitement up slightly, but players who choose to stay away from added risk will be glad to know it’s entirely optional, and it is possible to reap rewards without gambling.
Statistically, things are solid – 96.0% RTP, medium to high volatility, and wins up to 5,000x bet in size (more than double the original’s win cap) all go towards making Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox a great additional to Yggdrasil’s diverse and unique catalogue.
*The screenshots taken of games reviewed on this site are taken from Demo Play, as reviews are often written before games are released for real play.
Did you know? We ourselves ‘completed’ Golden Fish Tank! Watch our full screen of wilds below:
Golden Fish Tank Slot Review
Full of little animations, this Golden Fish Tank mobile slot isn’t just cute; it hides actual gold.
Yggdrasil Gaming make beautiful slot machines. Here you get a beautiful underwater background, with little bubbles floating on screen, surrounding gently swaying fish and card suit symbols.
The music is soft and gentle, that is until you hit the free spins and this Golden Fish Tank slot lights up like a Caribbean beach party.
Don’t forget to add the golden bet
When we first loaded the Golden Fish Tank online slot, we didn’t realise you could bet an extra 5 coins and gain extra features.
And we still fell in love with it.
Not only do you get an extra pick in the free spins (which comes in handy, we promise), but the volatility significantly increases (think bigger wins) whilst keeping the same hit rate (but the wins come just as often).
That’s because the pay out also increases, with the RTP going from 95.9% to 96.4%. A significant difference in gaming.
And 5 extra coins isn’t much to pay. At minimum bet, that changes the level from 0.20 a spin, to 0.25. Still very affordable for all.
All about the Golden Fish Tank slot free spins
That said, it’s the free spins that makes or breaks this Golden Fish Tank slot machine. Because there’s a possible 18 different features you can trigger, and far more possibilities.
Mostly you get 6 free spins, and with the golden bet you get 4 instead of 3 of those possible 18 possibilities.
These range from getting stacked symbols, to extra wilds, to sticky wilds and more. We’ve written them all in detail below.
Needless to say, we’ve gotten very lucky on multiple occassions, easily winning over 50 times our bet, with our biggest win being over 128x our bet.
And that’s small fry for this Golden Fish Tank slot game.
On the other hand, if you prefer your Android and iPhone slots with more interruptions and features than this simple bonus game, we recommend the equally good Nirvana slot from the same provider.
Meanwhile, we’ll keep swimming with these fishes.
Golden Fish Tank slot stats
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4.1% — 3.6% / 95.9%|
|Coins range||0.01 — 5.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 Normal / 0.25 With Golden Bet / 100 Normal / 125 With Golden Bet|
|Free spins||Starts at 6 Free Spins / Multiple Options|
|Bonus rounds||Free Spins, Wilds, Scatters, Stacked Wilds, Stacked Symbols,Sticky Wilds, Roaming Wilds|
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In-game bonus features
Wild: The wild etched out of stone is the wild symbol, and replaces all other symbols on the board except free spins.
The Golden Bet: Add 5 coins to your spins, and you’ll then get an extra pick during the free spins, increasing your chances of bigger wins.
Free Spins and Picks: The goldfish with the ‘free spins’ drawn underneath is the scatter symbols. You’ll need 3 or more to trigger the Golden FishTank bonus games.
- 3 scatters — 6 free spins with 3 picks (4 with golden bet)
- 4 scatters — 8 free spins with 4 picks (5 with golden bet)
- 5 scatters — 10 free spins with 5 picks (6 with golden bet)
The picks are what makes each free spins round so interesting, as you never quite know what you’re going to get. Namely:
- + 2 or +4 extra free spins
- X2 multiplier on all wins
- One of the fish symbols acts as wild
- One of the fish symbols comes stacked
- 1-2 random wilds added to each spin
- A sticky wild is added to the reels and stays there for the duration of the free spins.
It may not sound like a lot of combinations, but it is.
Our best result, for example, was when two high paying fish symbols turned wild, and one of those two also came stacked.
Suddenly we had screen after screen of stacked wilds. If only we’d had a 2x multiplier on that, it would have been colossal.
Golden Fish Tank Review Conclusion
The Golden Fish Tank mobile slot is very playable even without the golden bet, but why would you decrease your odds of getting awesome wins?
Granted, it does mean generally having to wait a while for the free spins, but if you budget for a good 200 spins, chances are you’ll see why we are making such a fuss of a great bonus game feature.
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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots , last updated: September 2, 2021 — Rating 5