A happy tropical game, The Aloha Cluster Pays mobile slot is an easy playing game that tries to do things a little differently, but doesn’t always hit every mark.
A 6 reels by 4 row game, this NetEnt fare is a little larger than usual for this slots studio, yet when you first open it, doesn’t look too out of place.
After all, you get the Tiki god on the side, dancing and clapping on your wins like in the Koi Princess slot, and the same beautiful graphics and sounds you’ve come to expect from this provider.
However, you’ll soon notice that you need 9 symbols, adjacent to each other vertically or horizontally to get a win. Here our troubles begin.
The symbols do come stacked, so you’d think the wins would come fairly often. And whilst you rarely go 10 spins without a win, rarely are these impressive.
A big win is anything over 15 times your bet, and super win over 20 times your bet.
The main problem being that the lower paying symbols (the non-tiki faces) are all worth the same, and are the ones you’ll hit during the base game.
It’s hard to get excited about a cluster of wins that you know will only pay out 4x to 5x your bet 90% of the time.
Things become a little more interesting during the free spins however, because as you spin, you lose those less valuable symbols, and are left with only the green, red and blue tiki gods to answer your prayers for some decent wins.
Even then, you need at least 20 symbols to get anything truly exciting in this Aloha Cluster Pays video slot.
And sure, you sometimes get free random re-spins, where the winning symbols stay sticky on screen, and you could potentially get a whole screen full of fruits. But these are almost rarer than the free spins.
Much like the old volcano gods, you might end up sacrificing a whole lot without much to show for it. Still, there’s no doubt that this happy, colourful game likes paying out little but often, so casual gamblers may find some cheerful spins.
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|Mobile Slot released||March 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||6 Reels / All Ways Pay|
|Coins range||0.01 - 2.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 200|
|Free spins||Up to 12 Free Spins / Lower symbols removed|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins, Sticky Win Re-spins|
All Ways Pays: Get 9 or more symbols touching each other vertically or horizontally, and you create a cluster of wins.
No paylines, just clusters. 9 might sound like a lot, and that's because it is.
Wild Symbol: Technically NetEntertainment call this a 'substitution symbol' instead of a wild, and you can see why. Represented by a wooden box with a '?' on it, it will find the nearest symbol that can create the biggest possible win, and turn into that.
So though its wild for all symbols, it will only substitute for one symbol on a spin, rather than help create multiple symbol wins.
Sticky Win Re-spins: Whenever you get a cluster win, there's a chance (not a huge one, but a chance), that you'll then get free re-spins.
Much like in Jack Hammer, the re-spins will then last for as long as you keep finding symbols to add to the cluster. As soon as no more wins are possible, you get the final result.
Unfortunately, unlike Jack Hammer, this Aloha slot machine is far less likely to get you huge wins because of it.
Scatters and Free Spins: The 2 symbol high tropical stamp is the scatter symbol - and it only needs to be partially showing on screen in order to trigger the free spins.
Despite the fact that most of the time you have to be satisfied with 9 free spins, the good news is that you can re-trigger anything from +1 to +4 free spins by getting those stamps again - which are actually easier to catch during the bonus games.
The reason for this is that, as you spin, you start dropping off the fruit symbols, leaving only the tiki gods left to spin. That said, that rarely happens until you get to your final 3 spins, so you have to hope and pray those spins are your lucky ones.
If there is no win on the last free spins, the Tiki god will give you one final free spins until a win occurs.
No doubt many people will fall in love with the happy, bouncing, graphics and sweet sounds, but if you're not careful, you'll soon notice that the wins don't quite match up the sacrifice you're making to this Aloha Cluster pays mobile slot.
That said, one good re-spin round, where you get a screen full of sticky symbols, will make a convert out of you.
Still, personally, we think there are simply too many awesome NetEnt slots with larger wins available for us to come back here that often.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2018 - Rating