A harvest of goodness
The visuals may not be a surprise, but the grapes, cherries, watermelons, strawberries, plums, oranges and lemons featured here are bright, sharply drawn and inviting enough to pick straight off the screen. The only non-fruit images are the jester and the Fruitopia icon, which are equally colourful and eye-catching. These symbols are all designed to pop equally well whether you play on a large screen or on mobile and tablet devices.
Winnings are more of the slow and steady variety than huge, mega-jackpot style, with the best payout offered by the jester. Spin five at one time for 20 coins, or four for two. The fruit symbols all pay similar rewards to each other, with a top prize of between two and four coins for five symbols, right down to 0.10 to 0.40 for two on a spin. These may provide a regular trickle of income, but there are a couple of other opportunities to tap into something more like a small river of rewards.
A really exciting element of this game is the random multiplier. Every time you have five matching symbols on the screen, you trigger the Fruitopia icon and the winnings you were just awarded are multiplied by either two, three, five or seven. The possibility of a decent win adds to the anticipation. Fruitopia does not stop there, as the game maker’s signature bonus game is available after every win on the reels.
Triggered every time you match three, four or five images, this bonus feature offers a choice between two games. Going for the card icon lets you predict whether the next card to be turned will be red or black, and you are gambling either all or half your winnings from the round. Success means doubling the stake, while failure means losing the total wagered. The same deal applies to the ladder icon, although this time the reward is decided by which rung of the ladder you land on.
The final way to boost your winnings is through the wild jester icon, which happily substitutes for all the fruity icons. Fruitopia by Merkur is a refreshing modern take on the traditional free slots game, successfully introducing fresh elements into a much-loved classic slot.
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