Mia Gardner | 11 Jun 2020
Renowned provider Pragmatic Play unveiled the new game at the end of May, just in time for the northern hemisphere summer. As much as the title may imply that the online slot fits into the classic genre, it does not. Instead, it is a video slot that plays out on a 7x7 grid that uses a cluster win mechanism. In that regard, it resembles some of the more popular mobile games to be released in the last few years.
Commenting about the new online slot, the provider’s chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield said that Fruit Party captured the spirit of colourful, fun-filled summer parties. The difference is that the online slot offers chances to win, which is something most parties do not offer.
Summerfield explained that the high volatility game’s features can produce large payouts from a single spin. Those features include cluster wins, tumbling reels, multipliers, and a bonus round.
The Fruit Party grid is backdropped by a landscape dotted with surreal trees. The 7 reels display various fruit and other symbols. They include strawberries, oranges, apples, grapes, plums, stars, hearts, and a golden peach.
The strawberry is the highest paying symbol, and the heart offers the smallest payouts. The golden peach is the Scatter.
The cluster wins mechanism means that winning combinations are not formed in the traditional way of symbols landing from left to right on consecutive reels only. Instead, 5 or more symbols can form combinations horizontally, vertically, and in blocks or clusters.
When winning clusters do form, the tumbling reels feature kicks in, and those symbols will vanish after the online slot has registered the win. They are replaced by new symbols, which could result in more winning clusters and the retriggering of the feature.
Another feature of Fruit Party is that symbols can have 2x multipliers attached at random. If several symbols with multipliers form a cluster, those multipliers are combined. This could result in multipliers as large as 256x.
The golden peach Scatter triggers a Free Spins round whenever 3 or more of the symbol lands in any position. They can award between 10 and 14 Free Spins, during which symbols can have 2x or 4x multipliers. As in the base game, multipliers can combine to form one as big as 256x.
This newly-released high volatility online slot is playable for between 0.20 and 100.00 per spin and has an RTP of 96.5%.