If you can’t get enough of fruit machines and cheerful animations and soundtracks, then you are at the right place. The 2020 Pragmatic Play Fruit Party video slot is a cluster game with fruits, hearts, stars, and dance moves like no other.
But, can these fruits move like we didn’t see before, or is this another generic fruit slot? Are these fruits, along with their choreography, still ripe, or did 2020 take a toll on them? Read our review further to learn!
Fruit Party Slot Appearance and Graphics
This flashy cluster has a colorful background that might easily feature in a Teletubbies show. It offers intense treats for the eyes and presents a problem for gamblers with common epileptic seizures.
The overall impression of the slot is easygoing and playful. If you are a six-year-old kid but are allowed to gamble, we’d say you’ll really get a kick out of this game. There are a plethora of saturated bright colors of blue, yellow, green, pink, and everything in between
Gummy-like symbols shake when falling onto 7×7 reels and burst colorfully when making a cluster. Every character has its distinct color scheme and fitting style. However, we couldn’t help but notice that the orange fruit symbol kind of seems out of place.
Maybe it’s because it features the most prominent shadow of all symbols, or it was the somewhat dull color combination compared to other characters. All in all – we didn’t like the way orange danced, and you can call us murders on the dancefloor!
The soundtrack of the Fruit Party slot fits this fruit basket pretty well. It’s a legit 2000s summer EDM hit. The only thing this music lacks is a local vendor trying to sell you shade glasses of a shady authenticity.
The soundtrack doesn’t stop surprising when you hit the free spins feature. The music resembles Scooter-like “chanson” but with a Caribic twist of Sebastian the Crab from the Little Mermaid playing the xylophone.
Now that we talked about the general appearance, we must say that this slot didn’t work well on our device. We tried multiple desktops and devices and found that rounds often take considerable loading time (for a slot) until they stack symbols.
There is a mobile version with an interface that is nifty and easy to control. However, like was the case with the desktop version, the game isn’t as smooth, snappy, and responsive as it should be. Maybe this was the general problem on the game server, or perhaps this was the problem of the particular game.
Often loading screens during feature activations or round restarts take away a large portion of your slot experience and leave you annoyed most of the time. It’s not strange that Pragmatic Play already launched the Fruit Party 2 video slot as a successor to this version. While this could be an issue on our end, we did try playing the game on different devices.
This video slot is 2020, a 7×7 reels game with cluster pays mechanics. It pays out clusters of adjacent symbols organized vertically and horizontally. No diagonally-adjacent symbols will get paid. The minimum number of characters to form a cluster is five.
The Fruit Party slot offers a medium-to-high RTP of 96.47%. Note that this is a high volatility game. Prepare for rare but significant wins. As the slot doesn’t offer any paylines, you won’t be able to set the number of coins you’d like to bet.
The bet range is good, starting with 0.20 units and going up to the maximum of 100 units. Thanks to the multiplying multiplier options in the base game and feature spins, you can score 5,000x your bet.
The special treat you can find in this basket is the option to buy free spins. They cost 100x your current bet. For instance, if you are a penny roller, then with 0.20 units, bet you can buy free spins for a mere 20 units!
The variety of symbols is excellent, but their functions are kept straightforward. You’ll play with three different types of characters. Two of those are lower-value, presented by hearts and stars, and higher-valued symbols are fruits. There is a flower fruit representing the scatter.
The lower-value stars and hearts are colorful signs that animate whenever they form a winning cluster. There are just two types of these, and these are the only non-plant-based objects on your reels. Hopefully, they are recyclable!
Three scatters give you 10 free spins, four give 11, five 12, six scatters grant 13, and the maximum of seven scatters give you 14 free spins in the feature. You can reactivate more free spins during the feature.
The Fruit Party video slot offers three unique treats that are not a novelty but are lucrative when it comes to features. Those three are Fruit Tumbles, Free Spins, and Random Multipliers features. Read further to learn what they mean in detail.
The Fruit Tumble Feature
The Tumble feature will grant you an opportunity to maximize your playing field. It is similar to other famous slot features such as Falling Reels or NetEnt’s Avalanche systems, but this time with a Progressive Play mark on it.
This feature means that winning symbols in the cluster will pop out, leaving empty spaces for new characters to fall on their spots.
Tumbles will activate as long as there are winning clusters on the reels. You can say that this is somewhat of a mini-respin feature. However, if you don’t score after a Tumble, all the symbols will move off the reels, leaving space for new as a part of the next bet.
The Random Multipliers Feature
The neat thing about the Fruit Party slot is that you get random multipliers from time to time. The best part is multipliers get multiplied in a winning cluster. For instance, if you get three 2x multipliers on the same winning cluster, you’ll get the 8x multiplier applied to the win amount.
There are only 2x and 4x multipliers in the game. However, you can stack a lot of them in a cluster. For example, developers claim that you can stack up to 256x multipliers on a single winning cluster!
The Free Spins Feature
There are two ways you can get to the free spins feature in the Fruit Party video slot. The first is when you land three or more scatters in the base game.
As we stated earlier, three scatters give you 10 free spins, and an additional scatter gives you extra spin, up to 14 free spins.
The good thing is that you can add free spins during the feature, so you might end up with a whopping 28 free spins if you’re lucky!
The other way you can trigger the feature is by paying for it. You can pay 100x your current bet to spin your reels and automatically get a minimum of three scatters. However, you can also get more than three guaranteed scatters and, thus, win more free spins.
The best part of this feature is that you get more chances to land multipliers on your reels. Because of that, we warmly recommend buying the feature after a while, so you pick all of those high volatility clustered fruits!
If you like fruit slots and enjoy vibrant color schemes looking like from an average teen Youtube thumbnail and paired with bouncy soundtracks, then this is the cluster for you. The Fruit Party will ensure you get bang for your buck.
However, if you are looking for more complex features and a more serious theme, there’s a good chance this game will quickly start to annoy you. The graphics might start plucking your eyes out after a while, too.
Finally, we must say that throughout our tests, the interface of the game lagged and wasn’t as snappy as you would expect a 2020 game to be. This might be because of the current state of servers. Either way, it feels like these fruits are starting to ferment in the sea of other better-designed games you can taste today.