Overview of Sharknado
Sharknado has been around for quite a while now, having been first issued in 2013. It is a spin-off from the sci-fi movie of the same name. The movie itself was no blockbuster: it was made for TV and was not a success with critics or audience, but as is the way with Hollywood, it has spawned five sequels already at the time of writing. It is now considered a cult movie.
The game follows the same theme, that of sharks being sucked from the ocean by a massive tornado and deposited on the hapless citizens of Los Angeles. Like the movie on which it is based, this game can sometimes be regarded as in “so bad it’s good” territory. Indeed, by today’s standards, the graphics do look dated, and the background shark scenes to seem a bit jerky. But, again like its forerunner, it is now also seen as a bit of a cult classic of the slot genre. It’s a PariPlay title, which is not one of the best known games suppliers, so it has done well to retain its continued popularity with casino operators and players alike.
What to Expect from the Sharknado Game Play
Sharknado is a five reel three row game, played on transparent reels. There are 25 possible pay lines. The background consists of a Californian seaside scene, with a clear blue sky and calm sea belying the horror which lurks beneath. A seaside pier runs from right to left behind your reels.
Reel symbols comprise the main starring characters from the movie. These are supplemented by some old school playing card symbols. The reels run to a doom-laden soundtrack, with a variety of species of shark lurking behind the scene.
The Return to Player rate (RTP) for this game is just below 96%.
The Wild symbol is a fearsome Great White Shark, much like the one seen in its better known movie cousin, Jaws. This can appear on the central reel at any time. When it does, a helicopter arrives to try to destroy the shark by blowing it out of the water. Two possible outcomes result: the shark can leap from the deep and eat the bomb. Or, if you are lucky, and the shark is not, the bomb succeeds in its mission and further Shark Wilds are deposited on your reels. These can substitute for all the other symbols apart from the Scatter. Your reels then run for a further spin with the new Wilds remaining in place.
The Scatter symbol is a Chainsaw. Get three or more anywhere on your reels to trigger your free games. You can win a minimum of five, and up to twenty free spins, depending on the number of Chainsaws in the triggering spin. Free spins cannot be re-triggered during these games.
There is also an additional Sharknado Bonus Game. This is randomly triggered whenever a tornado shakes your screen, wreaking destruction on everything in sight. You then enter Sharknado Mode. A set of bonus spins then take place, again randomly awarded, of at least five and up to twelve games. To make things even better, your prizes are also subject to a random prize multiplier of up to 5 x your winnings.
Conclusion of Sharknado
OK, it is a little dated by modern slot standards but, like the movie, its cheesiness is part of its charm. Sharknado is good nostalgic fun for players who enjoy those fishy disaster movies of days gone by.