This is probably going to appear on our ‘Most Unusual Titles’ list. Unusual or not, NetEnt‘s newest mobile slot on the block, Aloha! Cluster Pays, proves that even a slight alteration to the structure of the reel can make a totally unique and fun game. We have to say we adore the Hawaiian theme as it gives the game a flavour we really haven’t seen before with other slots. However, this change in structure can alter the odds. So does innovation triumph over winnings? Only Aloha! has the answer.
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|Release Date||March 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.42%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||6 reels/All Ways Pay|
|Min/ Max Bets||1p – £2|
|Free Spins||Up to 12 free spins|
|Features||Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins, Sticky Win Re-spins|
|Pros||Flashy and colourful, fun, engaging, great sound design.|
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Aside from the theme of this fun little slot, the primary difference that sticks out at once is the 6 by 5 reel. This deviates from the usual 5 by 3 reel and although it may seem like a simple change it does present a fresh enough experience to not make it feel repetitive or stale.
The Tiki god beside the reel makes it even more fun as he claps and grins along to your wins. This is very reminiscent of Koi Princess, another NetEnt title, where the mascot proudly cheers you on as you spin and makes a great encouragement tool. And like that game, this slot has many features so making a win is fairly simple. Too easy? Well, that depends on how much you hate losing.
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Aloha! is, to put it bluntly, stuffed with features almost to the point of being too pervasive. However, in classic NetEnt style, they manage to skirt round that problem by making each feature compliment each other in some way.
- All Ways Pays: This means there are no paylines. Instead this game relies on clusters of 9 and that makes gaining a win easy with a 6×5 slot reel.
- Wild Symbol: Represented wooden boxes with question marks on them this is the symbol you want to win the highest amount and turn into that.
- Sticky Win Re-spins: Every once in a while with a cluster win, you’ll get some free re-spins.
- Free Spins: Get up to 12 free spins when you get enough scatter symbols.
Many slots out there are not really ambitious enough to include anything other than free spins so these additional bonuses are a welcome plus for the game.
The performance for this game is beautiful. Not only are the graphics seamless and the sound design brilliant but the pure aesthetics of the thing is a feast for the eyes.
The Hawaiian theme was a wise choice as many colours (from the volcanic lava pools to the tropical palm trees) can be exploited.
It really makes the game stand out from the crowd. It operates very well across all devices too so if you’re bored coming home from work on the bus or train, why not give this a go? It’ll make commuting less of a drag, we promise.
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Cluster of Awesomeness
Definitely the most prominent feature of Aloha! is the absence of paylines and the replacement of clusters. It just adds to the uniqueness and presents and entirely new way of playing a slot. Some may argue it makes the game too easy but we think it makes the game ten times more fun.
NetEnt could have gone the easy route and made the usual paylines but they decided to take it a step further which shows their innovative streak in game development and their willingness to craft truly great games. Is 9 symbols too many? Perhaps, but it’s still awesome.
Overall, Aloha! Cluster Pays wins our overwhelmingly clamorous approval. Its 6 by 4 structure is just enough to make it different without being too far from the norm and the performance is NetEnt’s usual stroke of brilliance.
Our only complaint would be that, because of the cluster pays and the high amount of features, the winnings tend to be gained too easily and although we’re sure NetEnt want their players to win and be happy this does take points away from the engagement factor. However, we’d argue that the genius implementation of the cluster pays overrides this and then some.