Aloha! Cluster Pays
The wombat says: the Aloha! Cluster Pays slot – this game always reminds us of a fantastic trip we once took to Hawaii. The surfing, the grass skirts, the garlands, the coconuts! And the hula girls of course…
Sadly Mrs Wombat wasn’t in attendance on that trip, her arthritis was playing up which meant this wombat spent a whole week on his own. Happy days.
So, whenever I fire up the Aloha! Cluster Pays slot from NetEnt, it always puts me in a good mood as I´m transported right back to the tropical Tiki island.
It’s a bright and cheerful game, and it’s just one of those feel good slot like our Gorilla Go Wild slot game! Or there’s the Dolphin Gold slot which should also put a happy smile on your face, too. Anyway, let’s see what sun drenched spins are on offer – oh, and look out for the volcano erupting whenever you get a winning combo. It’s awesome!
Look and Feel
As we mentioned, the graphics are brightly coloured and guaranteed to put smile on your face. They are also very high quality, and if you look to the right of the reels you’ll see an Tiki statue come to life as you play – which is a nice touch. The backdrop to said reels are a beautiful sandy beach, complete with swaying palm trees and an active volcano right at the back. The heat is on!
How to Play
There’s only one way to play the Aloha slot, and that’s by donning your loudest Hawaiian shirt, or your scratchiest grass skirt, mixing yourself a large coconut based Mocktail like a Virgin Pina Colada (we always stay off the booze when we’re playing) and firing it up!
Oh, did you mean how do you technically play the game? We cover that too below…..
Aloha! Cluster Pays Slot Game Play
Aloha! Cluster Pays slot is an interesting one, as it has an unusual configuration of 6 reels with 5 symbols on each reel (although you get large and small symbols- but we’ll explain that in more detail below).
Your symbols on the reels include 7 theme-related icons: the red, blue and green Tiki masks, plus a juicy pineapple, half a tasty tropical coconut, a pale green oyster shell and a beautiful pink orchid. There’s your Pina Colada basically.
The big daddy payouts in this Hawaiian-themed slot are from the Cluster Pay game mechanic. Basically there are no pay-lines in the slot, instead, you get your wins by landing groups of symbols together. When the same symbols land next to each other horizontally or vertically they will form clusters of 9 symbols or more, and these clusters will pay out some serious coinage !
You’ll also find that there are stacked symbols in play, which will count as 2x symbols too, and this will really help you to stack up the wins.
Keep your beady eyes peeled for the big white question mark icon on the wodden box, which is known as the Substitution Symbol in Wombat Circles.
This cool icon will turn into the symbol with the highest value that has landed directly next to it (to give you the biggest pay out possible). OK, alright, they’re actually just a bunch of Wilds, but “Substitution Symbols” makes us sound much more like a big time games guru though, don’t you think? This Wild will substitute for all symbols except the Scatter.
Thank you very much and “Aloha” to you, too. Aloha actually means affection, peace, compassion and mercy to our Hawaiian friends by the way.
Sticky Win Re-Spins
If you build up a Cluster Win, you will also randomly activate a Sticky Re-Win. Sounds delicious, does it not?
Well, it’s got nothing to do with cakes and everything to do with symbols being anchored to the spot for another spin!
Yes, in a Sticky Re-Spin, the cluster will hold and everything else spins again! And then if your cluster gets bigger, those new symbols will stick and the remaining symbols spin again. This can be a lot of fun and is very good for your balance!
Aloha Free Spins Bonus
You’ll also find Hawaiian-Style Free Spins on offer in Aloha slot. If you manage to land 3x or more of the Free Spins stamp Scatter (as either whole symbols, or bits of ones) then you will be given from 6 up to 12 free spins. Yup, we told you those Hawaiian’s were generous…
3x Scatters will give you 9 free spins, 4x will give you 10 free spins, 5x will give you 11 free spins and 6x of the Scatter icons will reward you with 12 free spins. We told you those Hawaiian’s were generous… Plus you can also retrigger the free spins once you are in the bonus round.
You’ll also find what is known as the Symbol Drop feature in play during the free spins bonus. Here the low value symbols are removed, and replaced by the high paying ones instead. This means you have a better chance of bagging a big win on your remaining free spins.
And there’s one last piece of good news! If you don’t win anything on your very last spin, you will get an extra go until you do win something. Very nice indeed!
In the Sticky Win Re-Spin, many of the symbols land stacked, or rather they can appear as large and small symbols. The large ones are basically 2 small ones stacked on top of each other.
Play Aloha Slot on mobile
This slot game that was designed by NetEnt gaming (those cutting-edge slot wizards behind the famous Starburst slot).
So as you’d expect from those clever chaps, Aloha plays like a dream on a mobile and tablet, as well as on your desktop device. Which is just as well, because there’s nothing this wombat loves more than playing slots in my hammock!
The Cluster Pays are a cracking feature, and can be very lucrative indeed especially if you manage to crack the Free Spins feature. A word of advice: If it’s a bit grey outside, fire up the Aloha! Cluster Pays slot and grab some of that Hawaiian sunshine! Hopefully you’ll land a few of those cluster pays and bag yourself some tidy winnings, too.
Wombat Score: 5/5
- What exactly is Cluster Pays?
The Aloha Slot has 6 reels with Cluster Pays: you win when you land a cluster of 9 or more of the same symbol. When you land a cluster, Aloha can randomly trigger the Sticky Win Re-Spins where winning symbols are frozen in place while the others re-spin.
- Are there free spins in Aloha?
Yes. The free spins bonus on the Aloha! Cluster Pays slot is triggered when you land 3 or more free spins symbols across the reel set at the same time. 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatter symbols will generate 9, 10, 11 or 12 free games respectively.
- What does "Aloha" mean?
Aloha is the most famous Hawaiian word and most people just translate it as “hello”. However, it can mean hello or goodbye. It can also signify love and affection.
“Aloha” is often used with other words. It’s not that easy to directly translate it!
- What are other good Cluster Pays slots?
We like Sweet Bonanza and Cygnus. If you are looking for other NetEnt games, try Lost Relics or Twin Spin Deluxe.