Once upon a time fruit ruled the roost. When you played a slot machine, it was the fruit symbols that you were trying to get matching combinations of. In time, their popularity waned as more games used specific themes such as Ancient Egypt, pirates, animals or movies and television shows. Well, this slot from Novomatic takes a look back at the time when fruit symbols were the order of the day but also throw in some modern features to further increase your chances of getting wins.
This slot definitely does its best to look like those that were played up and down the country. That’s achieved well by the control buttons at the bottom of the screen that make it look like one of those games you just couldn’t resist playing while waiting for your food to be cooked in the greasy spoon. It’s an easy game to operate and that’s always a welcome piece of information to read.
This won’t surprise you but this slot has just the five pay-lines, yes, the title did give it away a bit. That’s more than we played with in the past but at least there are just the three reels. Just where those pay-line are is shown on the actual screen. Those five pay-lines are fixed but not so the stake you wager. The minimum cost of playing is just 0.05 which is ideal if you are just looking for some fun and 250 if out to win some big cash prizes. Just work out a budget you are financially comfortable with.
The symbols in this game are dominated by fruit. There’s cherries, oranges, plums, lemons, grapes, and watermelons. All rather tasty and they can provide you with some good cash wins too. In addition to the fruit there is the red 7, a star symbol and a joker with the latter two of that trio certainly playing an important part in this game.
The joker is the wild symbol in this game and by substituting for others can get you some winning combinations. You will be very keen to see as much of this symbol because if you are able to land three Jokers on a pay-line then that wins you the Bonus prize. How much that is can be seen to the right of the reels
Then there’s the Star Symbol and three of those on a pay-line triggers the Mystery Game feature. You’re shown a total of six panels and they each have cash prizes displayed on them. Then they are turned over and a shuffle takes place. Can you guess where the largest paying cash prizes are? You now have to make some choices and keep winning cash until the X is revealed.
When a win comes along in the base game there’s the chance to boost it. On the right-hand side of the reels, you can see a red card and a black card. If you decide to take up the gamble (you don’t have to if you don’t want to), then simply decide between the red and black. Get it right and you can double that win and have another go if you want. Make the wrong choice and you lose that win. Be careful with this and if you get a good win don’t gamble it and try not to go to the well too often, we all know how that ends.
Having a good look through the paytable as that is packed with information. This isn’t too complicated a game and would be ideal for newcomers to slot games, but it’s important to know just what’s happening here. The paytable has details of winning combinations, how the gamble feature and the mystery feature work and is invaluable reading. Have some free games too and then you can see this game in all its glorious action.
If you like these retro feel games, then have a play on another Novomatic slot entitled ‘5 Line Multiplay’ That is very similar to this game with the retro feel, three reels, five pay-lines, mystery bonus and wild symbol. The mystery bonus is different from this one though. Another three-reel game that contains a wild symbol is Microgaming’s ‘Cosmic Cat.’ The bonus with that game though is that any wins the wild symbol creates are subject to either 2x or 5x multipliers.
It’s a mystery to this reviewer if you decide not to play this Novomatic slot. It’s not the most sophisticated game you will ever see but often it’s the simple ones that are the most fun. The mix of retro style and modern day gameplay is a good one and the Mystery Bonus can win you some good prizes. Just be careful with the Gamble Feature as the last thing you want to do is give good wins back.