Fri, Aug 2, 1:35am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
You’ll see tiki masks in different colours on the reels of this novel NetEnt pokie. Aloha Cluster Pays also has a grinning carved tiki statue as your host. This sits to the right of the pokie reels, reacting to the game in entertaining ways. It will dance, grin and even play the guitar. The picture is completed by the volcano and tropical beach scene to the left of the reels.
The slot game play on Aloha Cluster Pays is different from regular pokies. There are 6 reels. Instead of win-lines, you get paid for groups of 9 or more symbols (the ‘clusters’). With free spins bonuses, respins and wilds in play, this game is both fresh and entertaining. Here are the highlights of this high variance pokie:
There are 6 reels in play, each with 5 rows of symbols. That leaves 30 spots for matching symbols to land in. These show either boldly coloured masks (higher prizes) or shells, coconuts, pineapples and flowers (lower prizes).
Symbols next to each other form groups. You need a minimum of 9 to get paid, with only side-on or above / below counting, not diagonally adjacent symbols. Wins start to get significant at around 15 symbols, the equivalent of 3 full reels. If you are lucky enough to fill the entire grid with the same symbol, 10,000 coins could be coming your way. Keep in mind that you spin for 10 coins a time – meaning this could be a big prize.
Wild symbols appear on all reels. These are wooden boxes with ‘?’ signs on them. They replace any symbol to form a cluster – though only count once if it is possible to form multiple clusters.
At random respins start after a win. You might hit a win of 10 symbols, then see them held in place while the remaining reels and gaps spin again. If another matching symbol gets added to your cluster, the respin sequence continues. This keeps going until you get a spin where no new matching symbols are added.
Free spins symbols look like postage stamps. You can win up to 12 free spins for 6 of these, with 9 free spins for just 3.
The main difference during this free spins game is that the statue host plays a guitar. For the first couple of spins, the reels look the same as in the base game. Next, the lower paying symbols are removed. There is an animation where they fall off the reels.
As you go through the spins, the balance is tilted towards the high paying coloured mask symbols. By the last spins, only these masks are on the reels.
You’ll still need to get them in groups to win. This is where the extra spins awarded at the end by your statue host come in handy. It will add spins until you get a win. You can also retrigger between 1 and 4 spins with the stamp bonus symbols.
Your eyes will immediately be drawn to your grinning host. This wooden mask has a lively role, reacting to your wins while wearing a garland of pink and white flowers. There is a palm tree above him, with pinks and yellows in the sky. If there was any doubt about the Hawaiian theme, the volcano and tropical beach scene confirm this.
There are plenty of animations to enjoy. When you hit the winning clusters, they are surrounded in flame until you next spin. Sticky win respins see the rest of the symbols blacked out – with only those matching your win visible. When you get the free spins, the tropical music changes, and the statue starts playing a blue guitar. The best animation happens here – when the lower paying symbols literally fall off the reels towards you.
You’ll find plenty of Hawaiian themed pokies around. What NetEnt’s Aloha Cluster Pays does differently is in the ways you’ll get paid. Instead of lining up symbols from left to right, the bigger the cluster, the bigger your prize. There are respins, wilds and free spins to help you get those groups of up to 30 for the bigger prizes. The free spins see lower paying symbols removed from the reels – giving you a shot at the bigger pay outs by the end.