It's the return of the Christmas re-hashes! Here at Droid Slots, we've expressed some joy and chagrin when it comes to the Xmas-themed versions of already existing slots. NetEnt's Fruit Shop Christmas Edition is probably somewhere in the former. It's fun, it's colourful and isn't what you might expect. But just how different is it from its original self? Read on to find out more.
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|Release Date||November 2015|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||Unknown|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 15 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||15p – £150|
|Max Win||2000x your wager|
|Free Spins||Up to 8 free spins|
|Features||Watermelon, Orange, Lemon, Plum and Cherry features that earn free spins.|
|Pros||Bright and colourful,|
|Cons||Exactly the same game, no bonus game.|
In case you're one of the (probably very few) people on this planet who wants to combine grocery shopping with an online slot, then hey, this one is certainly the slot for you. And it's now available in an Xmas skin! Hooray! All jokes aside, this is a quality game. The first thing that draws players to it is the bright and colourful design — naturally, fruit is colourful. This may seem to clash slightly with the Xmas theme but you get over it pretty quickly. The gameplay itself is what matter, after all. There are five reels and fifteen fixed paylines and the low value symbols are the 10, J, Q, K and A. The higher value symbols are the nicely rendered fruit and we have a watermelon, an orange, a lemon, a plum and a cherry. The wild symbol is the Fruit Shop logo and it also acts as a 2x multiplier.
Fruit Shop is already such a simple game that there aren't many features to speak of — that is big features that'll help you will a multi-million pound jackpot. There is, however, a few dedicated free spin features which make playing it addictive enough in its own right and its all based on what kind of fruits you gain. For the Xmas theme, there aren't any new features that are unique which can't be found in the original game but they're a hoot nonetheless.
- Watermelon – 3, 4 or 5 on a payline wins 1, 2 or 5 free spins
- Orange – 3, 4 or 5 on a payline wins 1, 2 or 5 free spins
- Lemon – 3, 4 or 5 on a payline wins 1, 2 or 5 free spins
- Plum – 3, 4 or 5 on a payline wins 1, 2 or 5 free spins
- Cherry – 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline wins 1, 1, 2 or 5 free spins.
If you really wanted to make this more Christmassy, then NetEnt could possibly have added some Santa hat or snowman symbols to act as an addition to the fruit slot bonuses. Alas, they just stuck some snowman and a Christmas tree in the background. Still. the features can hardly be called bad.
The performance of this game is fantastically smooth. Not a single fault was detected during gameplay, which means NetEnt are living up to their usual standards of delivering high-performance video slots. This time of year, it's very easy for companies to churn out Christmas-slots in a hurry with jolty graphics and an ugly aesthetic. With Fruit Shop, however, you can tell the developers over at NetEnt that they put time and effort into this (even if it is just a Christmas version of a game they've already created). But the effort they put into the original seeps into this version and that makes it hard to dislike.
Probably the most unique thing about Fruit Shop Christmas Edition is its simplicity — that is, if you're going off the merits of the original game. If you're going of this version's merits alone, however, there isn't much that can be said that's unique. But since this very strongly resembles the original version, it's safe to say that the game's charming simplicity is what makes it… well, charming. The bold colours and the smooth graphics are what make this work along with the minimal features which in any other game would be rather disappointing but for this game actually acts in its favour.
Overall, this is a very good game with a strong aesthetic and effective gameplay. Its features aren't a prominant feature but to have more of them might feel a little intrusive. However, something unique to the Christmas edition wouldn't go amiss, that way it would seem less like a straight-up re-release of the original game. The performance aspect of Fruit Shop is phenomenally good and gives the game credit where perhaps most other games wouldn't have. Players will certainly have a ball playing this and on the lead-up to Christmas, it's going to be rather festive.