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The wombat says: Hello retro fruity fans! This one’s for you. As soon as you load this Microgaming release up it’s clear that this is game is a throwback to traditional slots and old fashioned fruit machines where the reels were covered with a multitude of juicy-looking fruits! Think of the Retro Reels Diamond Glitz slot and then add lemons and cherries.
Here’s a bit of history for you wombat fans; the first ever slot machine was created by an American called Charles Fey way back in 1895. It had 3 reels with only five symbols – horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and a Liberty Bell (which gave the machine its name). 3x bells in a row produced the biggest payoff, which was ten nickels. The Liberty Bell machine was so popular that by 1908 ‘bell’ machines were installed in most tobacconists, saloons, bowling alleys, brothels and barber shops! Then we come all the way to later online slots like So Much Candy and the Hansel and Gretel slot from NetEnt.
But back to the here and now… Fruit Fiesta 5 Reel slot is the sequel to 3-reel Fruit Fiesta, so let’s see if this much-needed update is a hit or a miss.
Look and Feel
It’s a bright and fruity cartoon assault on the eyes Wombat Fans! Imagine a fruit salad jampacked with watermelon, plums, limes, pineapples and oranges. Add to that an online slot on a bright green background and you’ll picture exactly what it’s like to play Fruit Fiesta. The graphics are basic (not like the Valhalla slot machine for example) but it does the job while the soundtrack is made up of the satisfying ‘kerching’ of old fashioned fruities.
Fruit Fiesta is by no means a complicated slot, it has 5 reels, 3 rows and 15 paylines. So, your symbols on the reels are the aforementioned fruity favourites; perfect plums, awesome oranges, mouthwatering watermelons, juicy pineapples, shiny apples and luscious lemons; plus the traditional golden bells, lucky sevens and triple bars.
The Fruit Fiesta slot logo represents the Wild and it will substitutes for all other symbols on the reels except for scatters, too give you more winning combos. It’s also the highest paying symbol in the game with 5x of the blighters paying you out a mind-blowing 9,000 coins.
The Scatter symbol looks like a fruit salad with the word Scatter on top of it, and it will pay out a nice chunk of moolah for at least 3x of them anywhere on the reels. But, unlike most slots, landing 3x of the fruity Scatters won’t trigger off the Free Spins bonus here. Because there isn’t one which makes us a sad-faced wombat.
Ok, so we’ve discovered that Fruit Fiesta slot isn’t packed with bonus features like Free Spins and Stacked Wilds, BUT there is a progressive jackpot and you can see what the current total has amounted to by taking a peel at the sizeable digits above the reels… They are usually quite long!
‘So how do I get my hands on this mouthwatering cash prize,’ I hear you ask? Well, you’ll need to land 5x of the Wild symbols on payline 15 at the max coin bet level. Simple. Good luck!
If you’re looking for a straightforward, no-nonsense chance to win some decent money with the progresssive jackpot this might still be up your street. It feel a bit too old fashioned for this wombat, plus there’s better fruit themed slots out there like Fruit Shop, too! Take a bite out of this slot and make your win decision.