A Whale of a Time
Whale of Fortune is a classic Vegas slot, complete with neon lights and coloured bulbs that encase the reels. The words “Las Vegas” don’t appear anywhere in the game, but there’s no mistaking its provenance. In Nevada, seafaring whales are scarce commodities but big spending whales are easier to come by, and what’s more they’re a prized commodity. Ash Gaming have elected for an oceanic whale to front their slot, despite the fact that in this context he’s effectively a fish out of water.
Whale of Fortune is a 20-payline game with a bet per line that can be set between 0.05 and 10, making for a maximum stake of 200 per spin. All the buttons that matter are situated below the reels including autospin, help, paytable and a reverse play function – more about that later. The number of active paylines can be adjusted if desired.
Fortune Favours the Wave
In the base game, a wave of playing card symbols comprise the lower values, worth no more than 150 for five of a kind. Next up in the pecking order are a fat cigar and a stack of cash, two symbols that are apposite for the theme of this game (Las Vegas, not whales). There are also stacks of poker chips which appear as random value symbols, a feature that Ash Gaming have used in several of their slots. Depending on your luck, you could receive anywhere between 500 and 2,000 for five of these.
Wild appears as a casino logo, substituting for regular symbols except for scatter and worth 10,000 for five. If you’re wondering where the whale comes into play, it’s his duty to appear as scatter. Three, four or five of these in view will trigger the Lucky Wheel Bonus Game which calls for spinning the wheel to receive a multiplier of up to 4x.
Suited and Booted
Whale of Fortune’s protagonist, looking very dapper in his suit jacket, red shirt and cigar dangling from his teeth, certainly isn’t averse to risk. In fact he embraces it head on, particularly when it comes to the Suits Mini Game. Look out for two or more card symbols turning over to reveal their suits in this mini game. If they match, a modest win’s yours. If they match with three, four or five suited cards, up to 8,000 credits are yours.
As for reverse play, which we promised we’d return to, it’s a feature that will award a payout when no line or scatter wins occur. You’ll need to activate this feature by pressing the button below the reels to win in this fashion. In doing so, you’re essentially betting that you won’t be lucky in the next spin. Wild stuff.
The reverse play feature is one Ash Gaming have implemented in a number of other slots they’ve released including Viva Las Vegas Classic. That game bears more than a passing resemblance to this one, not least on account of the fact that they’re both dedicated to Las Vegas in some shape or form.
For an alternative slot that’s blessed with a similar protagonist, try Rival’s Whale O’Winnings. It contains 50 paylines, free spins and is rated as being a medium variance game just like Whale of Fortune.
It’s not the prettiest game you’ll ever play, but Whale of Fortune can be an extremely lucrative slot if you keep it sweet and keep that bonus wheel in regular rotation. This is Vegas baby – go big or go home.