Based on the cult, made-for-TV disaster movie, Sharknado is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Pariplay. Featuring high-end sound and visuals, it comes with randomly added exploding wilds, a special Sharknado mode that boosts wins by up to 5x and a free spins bonus round. Stakes start at 25p per spin and rise to £25.

For those unfamiliar with the source material, Sharknado centres on a watery tornado which scoops up killer sharks from the ocean and drops them into a terrified Los Angeles. Yes, really! With such an outlandish premise, you’d expect this slot version to be a schlocky, low budget affair.

In fact, the design here is anything but. The visuals are high-end, HD-style and are superbly done. Likewise, the thumping soundtrack that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Shark-infested waters and an old pier form the backdrop to the reels. The rusty looking A to 10 playing cards are joined by 4 members of the cast. Top of the bill is April Wexler aka Tara Reid. Land 3, 4 or 5 of her on 1 of the game’s 25 paylines and you’ll pocket 80, 500 or 1,500 coins.

The shark is the game’s wild – it replaces everything bar the scatter and awards 4, 24 or 80 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination. There are 3 bonus features on offer in Sharknado:

Sharknado Mode feature – this is triggered at random and can hit on any spin. When Sharknado Mode is live, all payouts are boosted by a multiplier of 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x. Sharknado Mode can last from anywhere between 5 and 12 spins.

Fin’s Random Wilds feature – whenever a wild lands, a helicopter will fly on to the reels and try and destroy it with a nuclear bomb. If the bomb hits the target, the wild will explode and in the process, rain a selection of new wilds onto the reels. A new payout is made with the extra wilds in place.

Free Spins feature – land 3 or more chainsaw scatters anywhere on the reels to trigger this bonus round. 3 scatters and you’ll get 5-10 free spins. 4 and between 11-15 free spins are on offer. A full 5 chainsaws will get you 16-20 free spins.

We didn’t expect much from Sharknado but it exceeded our (limited) expectations. The design is excellent, combining quality images with an adventure-style backing track that certainly built up an atmosphere. The features aren’t bad either. We found them quite hard to trigger though and real feast or famine affairs when we did land them. We’d put the variance here on the high end of medium.

Sharknado was a supremely cheesy movie – the slots version is a very faithful adaptation. With its impressive design and nice range of features, these killer fish can deliver some potentially explosive action. If you like movie themed slots, there’s plenty to choose from including Microgaming’s Jurassic Park and Playtech’s Man of Steel.