Pack your bags and travel to sunny Hawaii with this Aloha: Cluster Pays slot. These new online slots from NetEnt have a cheerful Hawaiian theme. The symbols consist of colored Polynesian statues, tropical fruit and a shell and flower. On the right side of the reels the wooden statue occasionally comes to life with a big smile. Most of the online slots today have 5 reels, Aloha: Cluster Pays offers 6 reels. But that is not the only thing that makes this slot stand out from the rest. Normally you will have a winning combination when you spin the same symbols on one or more paylines. This new title from NetEnt works with Cluster Pays. When you form a cluster with 9 or more of the same symbols you will win. The cluster is automatically formed when the symbols horizontally or vertically come into contact with each other. However, Aloha: Cluster Pays has more to offer when it comes to bonus features, there are re-spins, Wild symbols and free spins. Later in this review we will go through those features in some more detail. You can win some big prizes with this game. If you are very lucky and you spin 30 red colored statues, you will receive the jackpot prize of 10.000 times your bet!
A trip to Hawaii
With Aloha: Cluster Pays you can spend some time on the sunny Hawaiian islands. It looks like the game developer NetEnt has made a great effort to design this colorful theme. In the background we see a beautiful beach with a blue sea, palm trees and an erupting volcano. That is because Hawaii has a volcanic origin. Once we spin a winning combination the reels are surrounded by fire and the sky is getting darker. The Polynesian statue on the right side comes to live, when the flames become too bright he puts on his sunglasses. In the background we hear Hawaiian music that contributes to the theme. When we played the game we immediately noticed that this online slot has got less symbols than we are used to. We think this has something to do with the different setup, with Aloha you win with symbol clusters and not by paylines.
Most of the time NetEnt uses the variables bet Level and Coin Value, which you can use to increase or decrease your bet. You can adjust the setting Level from 1 up to 10. The Coin Value can be adjusted from 0.01 up to 2.00 with 7 increments. The minimum bet at the online casino Vera&John is £ 0.10, you can increase this by adjusting the bet Level and Coin Value up to the amount of £ 200 per game round. Different kinds of players with small or large casino budgets can feel at home with this slot.
To the left of the center button you will find the Auto Play function. This allows you to automatically play multiple game rounds. You can vary between the numbers 10 up to 1000, these numbers represent the number of game rounds you can play automatically. These automated rounds are always played with your current bet setting. The Advanced Settings lets you add more variables. If you click on the button Max Bet your bet Level immediately jumps to the highest setting, the Coin Value will remain the same.
If you want to know the exact value of all 7 symbols, click on the green button with the letter i. On the last page of this information screen you can find the pay table. There is a prize when you spin 9 up to 30 of the same symbols. On the other pages of this information screen you can also find info about the bonus features, below we will also give some more details about the bonus features.
Aloha: Cluster Pays bonus features
Aloha: Cluster Pays is different from the rest because of the way you can spin a winning combination. No paylines but clusters. When the same symbols are horizontally or vertically in contact with each other they form a cluster. With 9 or more of the same symbols you will win! Next the Sticky Win Re-spins will be activated randomly. When this happens the winning symbols remain fixed, and all other symbols re-spin. This lets you create an even bigger cluster with higher wins! This process repeats itself when you win again.
An online slot is not complete without free spins. When you spin 3 or more symbols of the colorful stamps you will be rewarded with free spins. 3 up to 6 of those symbols reward you with 9 up to 12 free spins.
You can also receive additional spins during the free spins bonus round by turning 3 or more stamps. 3 up to 6 stamps reward you with 1 up to 4 additional free spins. In this bonus round there is a Symbol Drop mechanism. This helps you to remove symbols with a lower value. So you will have more chance to win big! In Hawaii they don’t like losing, you can continue your last free spin until you win!
Each slot uses its own terminology for bonus features. Aloha: Cluster Pays has a Substitution Symbol this symbol is like a Wild. The properties are the same, the Substitution Symbol can replace any other symbol except for the stamp symbols that activate the bonus round.
Summary table Aloha: Cluster Pays
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||March 2016|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||96,42%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Avarage|
|Features (?)||Free spins, Wilds, Sticky Win Re-spins and Symbol Drop mechanism|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||6 / clusters instead of paylines|
|Min. / Max. bet||10p up to £200|
|Coin value||0,01 up to 2,00|
|Betting levels (?)||1 up to 10|
|Max. prize||10.000x your bet|
We appreciate that NetEnt is always looking for creative ideas to develop new games. We think it’s a good innovation and idea to work with clusters instead of paylines. The theme is also well developed. The graphics, symbols and music fit well together. Try this Aloha slot for yourself you have a chance to win 10.000 times your bet!
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