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If you’re looking for “Reel ‘em In” slots online, we have a good news/ bad news situation.

The bad news is that WMS hasn’t made an online version yet (despite what some misleading websites may promise!).

The good news is that there are a number of similar alternatives, and we’ve listed them for you below.

Before Williams became WMS, they made a mechanical 3-reel slot machine called “Reel ‘em In”. It was good…not great, but good.

Soon afterward, Williams and IGT fought over who owned the rights to mechanical “reel-spinning” patents, and IGT won…so Williams had to figure out a way to make slot machines without mechanical reels.

The technology had been around for a few years, but developers weren’t really taking advantage of the vast possibilities of video slots.

Williams had an ace in the hole. Unlike IGT or most of their other competitors, Williams was also a video game developer. Yep, the new era of slot machines would come from the same company that gave us Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Defender, Gauntlet, Mortal Kombat, and dozens more.

The formula is simple, in retrospect: create animated characters, put them in an engaging scene or a challenging situation, and provide extra incentives with bonuses and new screens. Keep the action simple but satisfying.

Sure, everybody does it now, but Williams did it first, with Reel ‘em In. It’s no wonder this game still commands a devoted following.

However, WMS seems to be taking their time making online versions of many of their most popular or beloved slot machines. That’s okay; we want them to get it right. But that doesn’t help all of the people who want to play it now, with the ease and mobility of online gambling.

On that note, we’ve provided a number of options, and compared them to the details of the originals. You should have little trouble filling your urge to fish…for big jackpots!

Reel ‘em In Online Slots Comparison Table
Slots Game Reels Paylines Bonus Screen Other Features US? Play Online?
Reel ‘em In™ (mechanical) 3 1 No No No
Reel ‘em In™ (video) 5 9 Fishing Bonus Feature No No
Ocean Dreams (RTG) 5 25 no Win-Win Free Spins Bonus, Random Progressive Jackpot Play Now
Mermaid’s Quest (Vegas Technology) 5 9 3-level Bonus Round! 10 Free Spins, up to 1000x multiplier! Play Now
Ocean Treasure (Rival) 5 15 Sea Floor Bonus Round Free Spins, possible 5,000x multiplier! Play Now
Ocean Fantasy (Top Game) 5 25 Ocean Fantasy Bonus Feature Up to 15 Free Spins Play Now
Alaskan Fishing (Microgaming) 5 243 ways Fly Fishing Feature Free Games Bonus Feature Play Now
Bearly Fishing (Microgaming) 5 25 Fishing Bonus Feature Second-Screen Gamble Bonus Feature Play Now

We were hoping that Reel ‘em In, like Wheel of Fortune or Monopoly, would have a number of imitators. Oddly enough, many online developers either don’t know or don’t care that it’s one of the more popular games in land-based casinos!

Luckily, both of the Microgaming slots will definitely serve your need to don hip waders and cast your reels (is that a pun?). And while the others on the list have a less narrow aquatic focus, they all share many details with the original.