Although the fruit pieces are pure projections of light, they appear perfectly formed and instantly recognisable. There is always a good harvest of fruit when appearing in holographic form. Cherries and lemons, apples and pineapples, pears and blueberries, and melon, plums and bananas all play in this retro fruit machine. Under the 5 light bases lies the control panel. The pay table can be viewed by clicking on the info button, for a detailed look at the paylines in play and symbol roles and values. There are 40 fixed paylines and when bets are made, this is based on the amount for each line which is then multiplied by 40 to give the total bet placed.
That total bet can be 0.40 at its lowest limit. For players with a bigger balance to spin with, the max bet possible to be placed is 400. The auto play button can be used to put a pre-set number of spins into play. This can be stopped at any time but is quite handy for letting the spins play themselves with its medium to high variance. For the players that like to get spins over with quickly, there is a turbo mode, or if preferred, once spin has been clicked, the reels can be stopped abruptly by clicking again, and cutting out having to waiting for the reels to come to their natural rest.
Bursts of Colour
The light source of the holographic slot gives the reels a very fast spin appearance. The wild symbol can appear across any reel and can act as a replacement to other symbols apart from the scatter to make wins. It has a very good value payout for matching its own kind too. As the reels spin, the wilds can appear as single or stacked wilds and wherever wins are made, wilds or not, the symbols burst into colour which pops the visual senses against the blue tones. The scatter symbol for this game is a crown and if three of these land across reels 2, 3 and 4, they turn to gold and trigger a number of free spins.
When the first two land, it will cause reel 4 to spin super-fast and glow gold in anticipation of a third crown possibly landing. If it doesn’t, the crowns return to their blue colour, but if it does, a congratulations screen appears to announce the 5 free spins. Crowns can also re-trigger further spins if landing again during the current free games and there are also more hologram wilds released onto the feature reels to increase more chances of successes to boost the balance.
More Tasty Fruits
Games based on fruit machines are very popular as fruit or retro themed slots. Groovy Automat by Casino Technology is a 5 reel fruity video slot with up to 5 paylines to play and with a betting range of 1 to 500 coins. Lovely 3D graphics are used in this slot too and also with a blue background, but these pieces of fruit are in full vibrant colours and look almost good enough to eat. There isn’t quite as much fruit used but with apples, melons, lemons, oranges, plums and the classic cherry there is more than enough. A very shiny looking dollar sign is the high paying symbol on the reels with large amounts gained for a row of 5. Many slots show values in coins but this one stipulates that all values shown on the pay table are in credits. The scatter is a four leaf clover coin but it’s not a feature trigger as there is no bonus or free spins on offer. There is a gamble feature however, that will double up wins that are under 10x the total bet. Groovy Automat is a basic game that seems to be concentrating on the more classic play of 3 reeled slots. Playing high roller stakes can yield a possible jackpot of 500,000 coins with med to high variance.
Zest for Life
Fruit machines are usually filled with fruit. It’s quite difficult to imagine ways that developers might make one of the oldest classics seem new or interesting. Playtech seems to achieve that by making a special fruit themed slot that breathe life into the old staple of casino slot machines with an RTP of 95.97%. Everything about the slot looks great and it is taking fruit machines to new heights for the next generation of players to enjoy.
It’s available online and is mobile optimised which also looks great. The one thing it left us wondering was, how long will it be into the future before we get to review a real hologram slot machine? If it looks anything like how Playtech imagine, the future of slot gaming looks very bright and exciting indeed.