I wonder why there are not many 5-reels slot games based on aquatic sea creatures. Playtech, for example, has only a few, like Dolphin Cash (new addition), Dolphin Reef, Great Blue and Penguin Vacation, and 2 other games of the 3-reels kind. Dolphin Cash and Dolphin Reef are of the medium volatility category whilst Great Blue and Penguin Vacation are of the high volatility kind. Personally, my preference has always been playing the medium volatility games for daily or regular basis, whilst the high volatility games for short periods of play time, or whenever extra cash is at hand to try for a bigger win. Needless to say, successful attempts at bigger wins are very rare indeed, as compared to smaller wins, which could actually enable and sustain longer continuous periods of play. But memorable moments cannot be compared to those super big wins derived from the higher volatility games, which not only thrilled you to bits but also thrilled you for life! Once any player has experienced such a thrilling big win, that player has unknowingly bitten the 'bait on the hook', got dangled on the line, and unable to leave it all behind! Only the very strong ones can ever escape! ;)
Great Blue is such a game! It is a 25-paylines 5-reels game, featuring a great blue whale as the wild symbol, which can come as stacked wilds in the main game, pays double for any win, and always stacked in the free spins feature game. 5-of-a-kind pays x10,000 line bet. Yes, it is possible to get 5 full reels of those stacked wilds, which had occurred only once as far as I know, not to me but to another player. The win was equivalent to a jackpot win for him! H-U-G-E payout!!! Wouldn't anybody just looove to get that!!! The scatter symbol is a lovely pink oyster, probably to represent its queen-ish win possibilities. 5-of-a-kind pays x500 total bet, which is good. 3 or more of these 'queenish oysters' anywhere on the reels and a free spins feature game is triggered. A great surprise awaits in store...5 oysters are shown on the screen and you get to pick 2...each one hiding either a free spin award or a win multiplier award. 8 free spins with a x2 win multiplier are already in hand. So your 2 picks would determine the total amount of spins and the total win multiplier won. The 5 awards are 7 spins, 10 spins, 15 spins, x5 multiplier and a x8 multiplier. The 2 best possible awards would be 23 spins x10 win multiplier or 8 spins x15 win multiplier! Both are capable of paying out huge wins! Just imagine yourself getting 3 reels of stacked wilds with a x15 win multiplier...wooohooo!
Funny how things would and could happen to new players, as it happened to me too, many years ago. Watching others playing the game, and making big wins, grabbed me by my you-know-what, and before I knew it, I was also playing Great Blue too. Strange isn't it? How the game could know a new player and start inducing small easy wins quite regularly! Then suddenly, whamo...three rows of stacked great blue whales in the center reels came on, paying out multiple 4-of-a-kinds and one 5-of-a-kind too, for a really big surprising win! The room suddenly echoed with a loud "YESSSSS"...that came from me! Hehehe. At that moment, I had already upped by bets to $1.25 per spin when it came, and it paid out around $1200 in just that one win. Almost x1000 my total bet! Wouldn't that have been so wonderful had I been playing at higher bets, say at $12.50? Geeees...missed that $12,000 win! Hahahaha. Yep, I had bitten the bait and got hooked! I started playing Great Blue quite regularly from then on, day to day, and losing time after time, until everything won had been given back, along with more of my own! Nah...no more big wins came. That was the one and only. But it shooked me back to consciousness, I grappled with the dangling situation for quite some time, before finally breaking loose! From then on, no more Great Blue for me, except on blue moons! ;)