You kind of have to wonder who was thinking about creating a slot game one day and decided that basing one around lobsters was the next best thing to come up with. Yet, for all intents and purposes, Lobstermania from IGT presents quite the appealing slot game. We have to admit that seafood isn’t particularly one of our favorite options to select from on a menu, but Lobstermania has nothing to do with food. Or, not really – unless cannibalism is the underlying theme of this slot! You see, the full title of the game is Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania. Larry is a lobster himself, although he appears to be one who operates vertically as a fisherman sailing the high seas. He’s on the hunt for his lobster friends – hopefully to capture them and bring them to a safer part of the sea. On the other hand, there is a symbol that depicts one being caught in a lobster snare, so it may be that lobster is on the menu for Larry after all! Fortunately, IGT plays this out in a fun and entertaining way, including some high-quality graphics in there and a bit of a funky soundtrack, too.
When Lobsters Go Fishing…
You won’t find anything untoward about the Lobstermania layout, as it contains a standard video slot design of five reels with three rows. Joining this setup is a total of 25 pay lines to bet on, but you’ll see that these are not fixed in place. Therefore, if you do have a preference for customizing this part of an online slot game, Lobstermania can accommodate you. In addition to the buttons for changing the active number of pay lines, you can also use other buttons for further customization of the game. These will change around the value of the stake that you bring into play per spin. Simply use the relevant + and – buttons to select from a bet per line of between 1c and upwards to $4. This means that with all 25 pay lines active, your maximum bet in Lobstermania stands at $100 per spin.
Now, with IGT including some appealing graphics in this slot game, it would be terrible of us to not comment on the symbols that the reels contain. The lower paying symbols come in the form of the regular video slot additions – the playing card icons. Therefore, you’ve got the yellow J, the red Q, the green K and the purple A. The more thematically-relevant symbols come next, starting with the lighthouse shining its bright beam. Next up is Larry’s fishing boat sailing across the sea. We’re not entirely sure what IGT wanted to depict with the next symbol, as it looks more like a paintbrush stuck in the middle of the sea. However, the game’s own logo acts as its highest paying standard symbol, giving you the chance to receive up to 1,000 times your in-play wager.
…to Catch Their Own Kind!
Lobstermania has its own wild symbol which appears on the reels in the shape of the red lobster sunning itself with a cocktail in its pincer. This wild can show up in any location on the reels and will work to substitute for all other symbols, with the exception of the scatter and bonus additions. What’s more, you can win huge amounts with this one, if five of them should show up on a winning pay line. This will reward you with up to 10,000 times your wager.
Yet, what would an IGT slot game be without a bonus feature or two to enjoy? Lobstermania doesn’t disappoint in this respect, providing a Buoy Bonus first of all. If you manage to spin three of the icons of Larry into view on a played win line, then you will activate this round. First of all, you need to select one of the ‘Pick Me’ lobster symbols to reveal how many buoy picks you will receive – a maximum of four are receivable. After this, you need to select your buoys on the bonus screen. Each of these adds at least two items to the trap. Larry will then pull items out of the trap, one at a time. The items have values of between 5 and 250 times the initiating line bet. The round comes to an end when no further items remain in the trap.
The only other specialty that Lobstermania includes is the scatter symbol. This comes in the shape of the lobster that has been caught in Larry’s trap. Scatter symbols can appear in any location on the game’s reels and will provide a pay-out even without being on a pay line. Three or more need to come into view anywhere to multiply your wager. If five of them show up, then you will receive a total bet multiplier of 200 times as a reward. That’s enough to significantly boost your win balance, right?
Lobstermania – Conclusion
This slot game may seem like an odd entity at first hearing its title, but once you load it up and start playing, you’ll have tons of fun with it. Even though it does seem to have certain suggestions of cannibalism hiding in the shadows, Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania remains as a slot with high-quality graphics and overall entertaining gameplay from IGT. With the inclusion of the wild symbol, the scatter and the bonus game round, it’s certain that you’ll have hours of fun spinning this title’s reels and get lost in the magical world of Lobstermania!