Fantasma Games’ Desert Shark Slot Review

Desert Shark is a Fantasma Games powered slot with 5 reels and 40 paylines. With an Eastern/pirate theme combo, you can play on all devices from 20p to £100 per spin. Visually superb, it comes with a Swim Wild which activates the Swim Swim feature which upgrades symbols into wilds – this can lead to multipliers up to 9x for each wild. There’s a Free Spins feature where up to 6 dynamite wilds are added on each free spin – a Swim Wild will transform more symbols into wilds and give you multipliers. Bizarre but very good.

Desert Shark Theme/Symbols

Desert Shark has cartoon style graphics and takes you to the East where you’ll see a mythical ocean of land – set amongst sand dunes, you’ll see a pirate ship and shark in the backdrop (odd, yes). Symbols include 4 different coloured low value coins as well as beautifully decorated jugs, bottles, compasses, camels and a pirate prince.

The latter is the most rewarding symbol with 3, 4 or 5 in combination giving you 0.6, 1.5 or 5 times your total stake. There is also a gold W which is the wild symbol – as well as replacing all standard symbols, it will pay 0.75, 2 or 7.5 times your stake for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

Swim Swim feature

There’s a golden shark symbol which is the Swim Wild symbol – appearing only on reels 3, 4 and 5 (the 3 to the far right), 2 of them appearing on the same base game spin will trigger the Swim Swim feature. As a result, random symbols to the left of the golden shark will transform into wild symbols. If a wild is to the left, it will become a 2x multiplier wild – each time this happens, the multiplier increases by 1, up to 9x.

Free Spins feature

Look out for the tornado symbol as this is the scatter – when it appears simultaneously on reels 2, 3 and 4 (the 3 middle reels), you will activate the Free Spins feature with 8 free spins.

Now, the Dynamite Wild feature applies for every free spin – between 1 and 6 dynamite wild symbols are randomly placed on reels 1, 2 or 3 before each free spin commences. If a Swim Wild symbol landing during a free spin, it will activate all dynamite wilds on the same row. Each dynamite wild randomly upgrades between 2 and 6 symbols into a wild. This in turn can add multipliers up to 9x.

Desert Shark thoughts

The Desert Shark slot is an odd one theme wise – with an Arabian/Eastern feel combined with pirates, it works rather well. Graphically superb, it’s a highly volatile slot that can give you wins pretty frequently (19.85% hit frequency - 1 in 5 spins more or less). The RTP is quite good at 96.33%.

Saying that, it’s all about the Swim Swim feature and increasing the multiplier on the wilds. This can result in 16,794 x stake payouts on each spin or free spin. You are likely to win more in the free spins as the Dynamite Wild feature comes into play for every free spin which can then activate the Swim Swim feature – 1 win can result in multipliers all over the reels.

If you like the shark element, Push Gaming’s Razor Shark is recommended as this offers payouts of up to 50,000 x stake on every spin.

 

Desert Shark Slot Information

  • Game:
    Desert Shark
  • Software:
    Fantasma Games
  • Type:
    Video Slot
  • Reels:
    5
  • Paylines:
    40
  • Total Coins:
    20
  • Coins Range:
    0.20 to 100.00
  • Jackpot:
    300
  • Bonus Round:
    Yes (3)
  • Free Spins/Multiplier:
    8/1-9x
Review by Chris Taylor

Review by Chris Taylor

Chris is a slots expert that has reviewed and played over 4,000 online slots. Having being in the iGaming industry for over 16 years, he knows how slots work, how bonus features are triggered and how the RTP and variance affect the gameplay.

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