Description and Review: For once, Microgaming have developed a complete theme for a slot. No Q, K, J type symbols on Dolphin Quest – just Hermit Crabs, Turtles, Octopi and yes, Dolphins and other sea creatures.

Oddly, though, they have given this slot a kind of muzak version of a Caribbean steel band as a soundtrack. I’ve no idea how this relates to the underwater theme, but it’s better than whale-song, I guess.

The slot itself is a massive 50 line game and you are obliged to bet all lines, from only a penny per line, though.

In the base game, there isn’t much to differentiate Dolphin Quest from many other Microgaming slots, although the stacked ‘Dolphin Quest’ logo wild symbol is a good touch. Especially because the Dolphin Scatter symbol also acts as a wild. Most of the better wins we got came as a result of both the logo and the Dolphin scatter symbol appearing.

Unlike many of the Microgaming games we’ve played, there weren’t too many dead spins between wins but – then again – there weren’t that many decent wins either. In the base game at least.

The real plus point of Dolphin Quest is the bonus round. Hit three or more scattered Dolphins and you are in this round. You’ll see a three reel slot with winning amounts on each reel. Just click ‘Stop The Reels’ to see what you have won. Each reel can show a different amount – the lowest we saw was 50 coins, and the highest was 3,000. Our biggest win was a very welcome 8,000 coins. We were betting only $0.05 per line but that is still a $400 win.

This is the feature that really makes Dolphin Quest worth playing – for both penny per line players and gamblers with a sizeable bankroll. The Dolphin Quest bonus hits reasonably often, so with a little luck, you could do well out of this particular slot machine.

Game Information: 5 Reel, 50 Payline Slot Machine.

Wild Symbol: Dolphin Quest logo. This is a stacked wild and substitutes for all except the Dolphin bonus symbol.

Scatter Symbol: Dolphin scatter. This also acts as a wild symbol in the base game. Three Dolphin scatters on Reels 2, 3 and 4 triggers the bonus feature.

Dolphin Quest Bonus: A new three reel screen appears. Each position on the reel shows a coin win amount. Click ‘Stop the Reels’ to determine your win.

Coin Sizes: 0.01 to 0.50

Maximum Win: 150,000 coins.

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