Fruit Slider may have 5 reels and some special gameplay action, but it looks just like any good arcade slot machine. This is thanks to a full supply of fruit machine icons, from cherries, lemons and oranges to plums, strawberries, watermelons and grapes. On top of that, the game pays homage to a couple of other classic gambling game tropes by throwing in some glistening gems, a shining star and a big lucky number 7. It’s like one big medley of all of you favourite retro slot machines in one.
The downside to this retro design is that the game does look a little bit out of date when compared to some of the other video slots online. All of the icons on the reels are rendered in simpole two dimensional graphics over a black background. As for animations, the game keeps it fairly simple with the odd shine and glisten whenever the symbols combine on a payline.
Of course, the main attraction of a retro slot machine such as this is the fact that it doesn’t offer anything too frilly or ostentatious but, if you are keen to play something with an arcade style that is slightly more visually captivating, you could try out Fruit Zen by Betsoft or Twin Spin by NetEnt.
This online slot may not offer anything too flashy when it comes to the quality of the graphics but it might just surprise you when it comes to the gameplay. That is because the game features 7 paylines with wins that can be achieved across any three reels, regardless of whether the matching sequence begins on the first reel or not. So, punters could potentially secure a winning combination across the middle three reels or from the third reel to the fifth reel.
Not only can wins be achieved all over the game screen but when those wins come, the game’s unique slider feature will come into play. This feature is just like the cascading reels feature that is used on bonus-rich slot machines like NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest, causing every symbol in the winning line to disappear, making the way for new symbols to fall into place. It’s a bit like having an extra chance to boost your wins without having to place a wager. Which is just as well since this slot machine doesn’t feature any wild symbols, scatters or free spins features.
Spin It to Win It
Depsite the fact that this slot’s 7 paylines can be activated in all positions, players will find that the wins are somewhat few and far between. As such, the high volatility slot pays out a fairly decent set of prizes to make up for the infrequency of the win-rate.
Lining up just three of the least lucrative fruit symbols (cherries, lemons, oranges) will award 2x the total bet value while five matching fruits will go for 30x. From there on in, the wins just keep getting more and more rewarding. The biggest win of all in Fruit Slider weighs in as a 400x total bet multiplier jackpot.
Unlike most slot machines by Merkur software studio, this slot machine provides a decent range of betting options, specifically at the higher end of the spectrum. As such, punters can place a maximum total bet of 20 credits on any one spin while the minimum possible total wager is 0.10.
If you are ever unsatisfied with the size of your prize, then you can attempt to give it a boost in one of two gambling games. First up there is a simple “red or black” gamble game with 50/50 odds and double-or-nothing stakes. If you’d rather try something a bit more nuanced then you can try to climb the gamble ladder; each successful gamble will lift you to a higher prize level while an unsuccessful gamble will drop you down to a lower prize.
Worth a Spin?
Fruit Slider is a quality video slot machine for punters who like the retro aesthetic but still want to benefit from a bit of bonus action. Admittedly, there aren’t any free spins or special bonus games to help your balance grow but the unique slider feature is sure to keep players entertained with every winning spin.