Game of the Week: Fruit Shop
For old-school fun and easygoing play (complete with spinning citrus!), relax and enjoy NetEnt’s Fruit Shop.
This week, we’ll take a look at some basic online slots that offer up traditional slot play.
First up is Fruit Shop from NetEnt. You’ll like Fruit Shop if you’re into old-school graphics like cherries and lemons, so prominent on Vegas slots of old, and also, if you like free spins.
Fruit Shop has your basic fruit symbols and regular playing card symbols. This is a 5-reel, 15 payline slot with the option to bet from 1 to 10 credits. The joker symbol is wild, and any hits with the joker pay double. These betting options can make playing the game potentially lucrative.
Even if you don’t win, it’s easygoing fun, and the fun part is the free spins. You’re basically awarded a free spin anytime you get a payout with a fruit symbol. And if that free spin hits, you get another.
Like we said, this game is pretty old-school and fairly simple, without a lot of distracting graphics. The game will have you rooting for cherries and other fruit symbols, just like in the old days. And with a little luck, they’ll hit.
Reels – 5
Paylines – 15
Volatility – Medium
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China Shores is another fun, pretty basic slot, this one from Konami, filled with Asian symbols such as Chinese lanterns and gold tortoises, along with basic playing card symbols. A panda symbol serves as the wild card.
China Shores is a 5-reel, 30 payline game, and it can be a little hard to hit in the beginning of play. But the game does feature a free-games mode that hits when you get three or more yin-yang symbols in a payline. The free games feature eight, 10, or 15 free spins, respectively. All wins during this round are doubled, and you can also gain more free spins.
There’s also a Balance of Fortune option that allows you to cash out your free games. The reward is random, but you’ll be shown the minimum and maximum you can win before making your choice to cash out.
An exciting feature of China Shores is the Action Stacked Symbols, where each reel contains a number of adjacent positions that are randomly replaced with any other symbol, apart from the wild Panda. All the replacement positions are filled with the same symbol, which can lead to a big hit.
There’s also a big payout for hitting five yin-yang bonus symbols in a line, up to 100 times your bet.
China Shores requires a little patience, but if you can last until its special features hit, it can be a very entertaining slot.
Reels – 5
Paylines – 30
Volatility – Medium to high
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Finally, we wrap up with a less traditional slot in Cheshire Cat from WMS. As you might have guessed, the game is themed on Alice in Wonderland and features characters from the story: Alice, the White Rabbit and, of course, the Cheshire Cat.
It’s a 5-reel, 40 payline game that plays pretty simply, but offers one feature you won’t find on most basic slots: stacked symbols that can fill the whole board with the same character. Needless to say, that leads to some pretty big hits when the stacks line up just right.
The game’s logo serves as the wild symbol, and wilds can be stacked as well. The wilds also boast the game’s one big graphic, the Cheshire Cat’s vanishing smile.
The only symbols not stacked are the game’s bonus symbols, which award a free-spins mode. A mystery symbol is chosen at random to act as a stacked symbol on all reels during the free-spins game. The game’s Bonus Guarantee promises at least 10 times the value of the total bet during the bonus feature.
Cheshire Cat is a fun game with a pleasant theme. And when those stacked symbols blanket the board, that means big money.
Reels – 5
Paylines – 40
Volatility – Medium
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