IGT's Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania slot machine

May 17, 2011 6:00 AM

One of my favorite games is Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania, manufactured by IGT. It’s a five-reel, 15-line, five-coin max play machine, usually multi-denomination, meaning you can play for a penny, two cents or a 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. To reach it, you need three Lobster Mania symbols lined up from left to right on an active pay line. The game prompts you 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 how 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 his lobster 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 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, which sometimes takes a nip at him and offers encouragement as the credits pile up in the bonus round.

The larger the lobster, the more it is worth.

I usually sit down with a plan, which involves a lose and win goal. I 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.

Often I will start with the 15-line, nickel version available at 1x per line (75 cents). I usually get a good hit from one of the first three plays. I always play 15 lines because the bonus symbols have to be on a played line. Then I go back to pennies, unless of course it’s paying well.

When I switch back to pennies I play 3x per line (45 cents). The most I have won so far on this slot is $120 playing nickels.

Lobstermania is one of those games I usually cash out after winning something big; I don’t find this game is prone to producing multiple big winners.

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.