One of my favorite standby games is Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania, manufactured by IGT. It’s a five reel, 15-line, five coin max play machine. It’s also multi denomination, meaning you can play for a penny, two cents or nickel.
The game has regular play plus two bonus features. The first is called the Great Lobster Escape scatter pay, which occurs when three, four or five Caged Lobster symbols land anywhere on the reels.
The player will chase down the jackpot that results when the lobsters attempt to make their getaway from the traps. The more Caged Lobsters you get, the more cash you win.
The second feature is the Buoy Bonus, where Lucky Larry makes his debut. To reach the Buoy Bonus you need three Lobster Mania symbols lined up from left to right on the active payline.
The game prompts the player to select one of these symbols, which determines the number of picks received on the main bonus round. Under each symbol is a number, which shows many buoys you get to pick in the bonus round (usually 2 to 4).
After you pick the symbol, a secondary screen comes up. Lucky Larry is on a boat and the buoys are in front. Whatever number you have, you pick that many buoys. The player picks from scores of buoys on the screen and Larry The Lobster goes to work pulling the lobster traps from the ocean floor.
Lucky Larry removes everything from old tires to lobsters from his traps. In the process, he pulls up his catch and offers encouragement as the credits pile up in the bonus round. The larger the lobster, the more it is worth.
The best I did on this slot was $120 playing 1-cent, 15 lines. Lots of times I like to switch to the 15-line, nickel machine just to change the luck. It’s necessary to play 15 lines because the bonus symbols have to be on a played line.
Lobstermania is one of those games I usually cash out after winning something big, This slot is not prone to producing multiple big winners.
I usually sit down with a plan, which involves a lose and win goal. I usually put $20 in the machine. If I get down to $10 and it’s not hitting, I will get out. If I get to $40, I normally take money out.
Sometimes at $40, if the machine is in a winning cycle, I will reset my goal down to $35 or up to $45. If I get to $45, I reset again making sure to raise the minimum amount so that I can cash out ahead.