Crabbin' Crazy Hold & Win: Slot Overview
Wanna catch crabs? That might sound like a loaded question until you find out Crabbin' Crazy from iSoftBet is actually a crab catching themed game with a streak respin feature attached. Be warned, there are a number of references to the other less desirable sorts of crabs, though. Crabbin' Crazy leads iSoftBet's Hold & Win range into uncharted waters, being a cheerful slot which blends humour with a smorgasbord of features. As part of iSoftBet's apparent strategy of flooding the hold & win sector of the market, these sorts of games are firing off the line like there's no tomorrow. The good news is the studio is doing an impressive job of matching the hold & win mechanic with clever thematic ideas. Crabbin' Crazy is one of the cheekier ones the studio has done and revolves around a beardy fisherman, his crustacean prey, and a bunch of itchy crotch insinuations.
You might need to squint a bit to do some crabbing in this game, as it's located by the sea on a blazingly bright day. The game grid is see-through so players can take in the entire cloud strewn, light hazing, seaside background. The muzak feels a teensy bit out of place. It's positive enough but feels more suited to a straight to tape 90s movie or an elevator in a menswear store rather than a mischievous crabbing slot with allusions to pubic lice.
But hey, it's all fun and games, which can be enjoyed on any device, selecting stakes from 25 p/c to £/€25 per spin. The action takes place on a 5-reel, 3-row panel, where 25 fixed paylines are provided to land winning combinations of three to five of a kind across. A medium-high volatile slot, two bonus games are on hand where the bigger rewards may be found, while Crabbin' Crazy has an overall theoretical return value of 96%.
Let's have a look at symbols before delving into the features, and there are 8 regular paying tiles used throughout. These are J-A low pays, then worms, fishing rods, rowboats, and claws as the four high pays. Landing a full five of a kind combination of premium symbols rewards players with payouts of 6 to 16 times their stake. The crab catching gent is displayed on the wild symbols, which are stacked and can replace any normal pay symbol. Wilds are also worth up to 20x the bet for five of them on a winning line.
Crabbin' Crazy Hold & Win: Slot Features
We've got three features to cover here. Pick a Crab can appear at any time, while Free Spins Frenzy and Let's Go Crabbin' need to be triggered by the appropriate symbols.
Pick A Crab
On any spin, Pick A Crab may randomly trigger - 3 crabs appear on the screen for players to click one of. The outcome will be one of these:
- Let's Catch Crabs – the special fisherman symbols lands in view to pay the rewards of 3 to 4 crab symbols.
- Bonus Add – bonus symbols are added to reels 1, 3, and 5 to increase the chance of triggering free spins.
- Stacked Wilds – super stacked wilds are added to the reels to guarantee 2 or more stacked wilds.
- Win Spin – mystery boxes are added to the reels. All mystery boxes in view transform into the same paying symbol type.
Free Spins Frenzy
Landing a boat bonus symbol on reels 1, 3, and 5 awards 8 free spins in the Free Spins Frenzy bonus round. During free spins, up to 5 reels sync up, displaying the same matching symbols on any spin. This bonus game cannot be retriggered.
Let’s Go Crabbin' Hold & Win
Landing 5 or more crab symbols in view (1/191 hit rate) triggers the Let's Go Crabbin' Respins. This is the hold & win game which starts with 3 respins that reset whenever a new crab symbol lands. When the respins run to zero, the prize values of all crabs in view are awarded. An info bar next to the reels displays the minimum value of each crab, ranging from 1x the bet to 1,000x. If the fisherman symbol lands on a respin, he collects the values of all crabs whilst also removing them from the grid in the process, thus allowing more to land.
Crabbin' Crazy Hold & Win: Slot Verdict
For a bit of a laugh, it's worth loading up Crabbin' Crazy Hold & Win to chuckle at a few naughty crabs allusions. Visually the game might be about denizens of the sea, but iSoftBet tosses in a bunch of references to the other meaning of the word 'crabs'. You know the one, those minuscule insects that make their home in human hair and are passed on by close physical contact. Think we're being too open-minded in our interpretation here? Check out the slogans flashing along the bottom of the home page – 'Show me your tackle' and 'Itchin' to play'. It's hard not to fall for a serving of humour in an online slot, and this approach tees players up for the itchy antics to come.
Itchy nether region references do dial down once the game is in full swing and Crabbin' Crazy lays out its best one-liners at the beginning. This is probably a good thing since it's a fine line between innuendo and being crass. Crabbin' Crazy remains light-hearted throughout, though, feeling a little old-fashioned, in a good way, like a NetEnt charmer such as Scruffy Duck. It's also hard to shrug off comparisons to Fishin' Frenzy due to the ocean-based interactions between angler and catch in the respins feature. Crabbin' Crazy is wholly its own entity, though and provides something that nothing else in iSoftBet's populous Hold & Win range offers. Certainly in terms of theme.
When it comes to features, Crabbin' Crazy has a good spread, triggering with enough regularity to make it feel like the crabs are biting. Free Spins with Synced Reels nods to Twin Spin, while Let's Go Crabbin' Respins are the main event. Crabbin' Crazy might not have a hugely unique signature dish, but its selection of features come together like a satisfying seafood buffet that makes you feel like you ate your money's worth at the end and need to loosen your belt by a notch or two.
Crabbin' Crazy packs loads of personality, and in a parallel timeline where the game went viral and turned into a cultural movement, you could imagine its slogan 'Let's Catch Crabs!' showing up in a variety of memes, maybe even on merch.
Crabbin’ Crazy mixes humour, attitude, and playable features into one uniquely irreverent slot.