Shark Wash

by Relax Gaming

To be perfectly honest, we’re not quite sure what’s happening at the Shark Wash! Will the fish bring their cars along for a scrub and polish or does a passing Great White pop in to have its fins waxed? One thing that is clear is that somebody is paying for this service and there are loads of gold coins building up for some lucky player to come along and uncover. There are also wilds to look out for, which can trigger top multipliers.

Slot information

RTP: 96.06%
Volatility: High
Max Payout: 5,000x stake
Reels: 5
Paylines: 1,024
Jackpot: No
Min Bet: 0.10
Max Bet: 200.00
Theme: WTF
Release Date: 28th Jun 2023

Our rating

“ The Shark Wash is doing a roaring trade! ”

3.3 out of 5

Win potential

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Shark Wash Features

Relax Gaming has delivered some pretty funky features over the last few months and we always pick up the latest release with a sense of excitement. Straight away, we can see that the wild symbols are going to play their part and there are also free spins up for grabs. If you don't want to wait to trigger the free spins game naturally, you can head straight to the Buy Bonus and pay 80x your bet for the privilege—not available in the UK.

Now it is time to see what those wild symbols are up to and what promises they bring.

It is a large pink W that you are looking out for to experience some regular wild activity and these symbols will substitute for all others apart from the bonus symbols. When they land, you don't think much of them until you notice they have a number attached to them ranging from 2 to 5. 

This number has an effect in a couple of ways and the first is that it determines how many spins during a cascading sequence the wild symbol will stick around for. When it disappears, you receive a respin as the wild is destroyed and this number is applied to the multiplier meter to the side of the screen. When you have enough juice to get this multiplying machine in action, you will receive the applied multiplier on any subsequent spins.

Maybe we just had a bad run of spins or perhaps the maths model is slightly restrictive, but we found it difficult to get those wilds into gear and kickstart the multiplier sequence at any point. On the plus side, a high volatility game like this means that once those multipliers do start, they could bring about a very valuable sequence.

Free Spins

The main bonus round is a fairly predictable free spins session where 3 bonus symbols will get you 7 spins, 4 of them award you 10 free spins and 5 get the maximum 15 spins. Additional bonus symbols landing during this feature will get you an extra spin. 

The advantage with this bonus round is that the countdown wilds are persistent as they build up throughout your spins and you don't have to try and complete the meter each and every time.

Shark Wash - Countdown Wilds

Countdown Wilds

Sticky wilds will land and hang around for up to 5 spins throughout a cascading sequence. They can also bring about some multiplying action as well.

Shark Wash - Free Spins

Free Spins

15 free spins is the top reward for landing 5 bonus symbols. The Countdown Wilds are persistent throughout the game.

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Shark Wash Review

It is an odd concept by any stretch of the imagination and a Shark Wash certainly wasn't something we expected to be reviewing in the context of a video slot! Relax Gaming has taken it upon itself to dive to the bottom of this watery abyss and present us with 5 reels of shark scrubbing fun. There are no rules in this uncharted territory so the developer could take this in just about any direction it wants.


We were expecting to see sharks queuing outside and waiting patiently for their turn to pop in and spruce themselves up a little—not an unreasonable request given the name of the game. However, apart from the shark symbols presented on the reels, we didn't get to meet any toothy customers at all.

The Shark Wash is a bright and colourful place but the design team didn't exactly let their imaginations run wild. The sound effects and backing track are lively and in keeping with the theme and are probably our favourite thing about the whole design setup.

Game Play

It felt like we waited for an eternity for a wild symbol to turn up and when it did we were excited to see what prevailing multiplier action might ensue. Unfortunately, you need a lot of these to continue hitting the reels throughout a cascading sequence to make it happen. Obviously, it will fall into place for some lucky players but as far as modifiers go, this feels a little too elusive for our liking.

This all changes during the free spins bonus and you get to see how powerful these multipliers can be. It's just a shame you have more chance of seeing a great white having its tail fin buffed than triggering a multiplier when you’re not in the bonus area.

Win Potential

The max 5,000x payout will certainly only arrive during the free spins bonus and it will take a few trips to the boss' office where this all happens if you are going to get anywhere near that figure. The RTP is perfectly fine at 96.06% but the extremely high volatility doesn't really hit the mark for a game like this. 

Our Verdict

Underwater adventures are 10 a penny in the slots realm and some of them really stand out from the crowd. Shark Wash isn't one of those but it’s certainly not the worst by any means. It's a fun concept and like any other game, if you pick it up at the right time, you could have a blast.

Paul Clare
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Paul spent plenty of time in arcades up and down the UK discovering all of the best fruit machines and watching them grow into the incredible online slots we see today. He still loves the basic format but also has a soft spot for games with big bonus rounds that progress as you play. Immortal Romance is one of his favourite slots of all time.

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