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Aloha! Cluster Pays Slot Logo
Aloha! Cluster Pays Slot Logo

Aloha! Cluster Pays™ Slot

 

Get ready for your take-off to sunny and tropical Hawaii! That was my first thought when I saw the slot title. And what on earth is “Cluster Pays”? It was time to take a closer look at the new kid on the block from Netent in the meanwhile standard HTML5 format. All sounded very promising to be a fun and entertaining new game with soothing Hawaiian music in the background, awesome graphics and animations, all whilst having the potential to produce Mega and Super Mega Wins. Sounds too good to be true? Well, I am going to find out right now if the game can hold up to its name.

Aloha! Cluster Pays™ Slot

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Slot details

Aloha reminds us all of Waikiki beach, flower ‘leis’, stunning hula hoop girls, magma spitting volcanoes, surfboards and typical South Pacific vibes. Surprise, surprise as that exactly describes the design of this new slot from Netent. The graphics and animations are as usual of excellent quality culminating in the volcano erupting on mega and super mega wins. All with a massively smiling Tiki standing on the side of the game window who reacts to the game events, even donning sunglasses when the big ones are counting up. Just watch for that hilarious animation when two scatters hit the screen and the anticipation is rising for that third scatter to land, absolutely funny.

Pay symbols are all stacked and consist of coconuts, pineapples, Hawaiian flowers and multi-colored Tiki masks. Wilds or, as they have been called for this slot, Substitution Symbols are question marks which will magically transform to the highest adjacent symbol to give the best possible win combination. Scatters remind us of a postage stamp on a postcard we enviously received from somebody holidaying on Hawaii, minimum three are needed to trigger the bonus round.

 

 

But first comes first, here are some of the numerical slot stats and details:

  • 6 reels, 5 rows, no bet lines
  • Pays are awarded for clusters of minimum 9 adjacent symbols
  • Bet levels: 1 – 10
  • Coin denominations: 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20
  • Bet sizes: 0.10 – 200.00
  • Maximum Win: 10,000 coins or $200,000
  • Lowest pay: 5 coins or 0.5 x bet for the 9OAK low symbols
  • Highest pay: 10,000 coins or 1,000 x bet for 30OAK red Tiki masks
  • Base Game Features: Random Sticky Win Re-Spins, Substitution Symbol
  • Bonus Round: 9 – 12 Free Spins for 3 – 6 scatter
  • Free Spins Multiplier: No
  • Additional Free Spins can be won during the bonus round
  • Sound animation: South Pacific tunes, erupting volcano
  • RTP: 96.42%
  • Variance: low – medium
  • Technology: HTML5
  • Platforms: desktop, mobile, tablet
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Cluster Pays™

Don’t be surprised if you can’t find pay lines for this slot as wins are awarded for clusters of symbols, hence the title. This completely new and unique game structure provides ample chances to really take hold and bring in those big wins. A minimum of 9 is needed for the lowest win, comparable to a 3OAK on a normal slot, up to a maximum of 30 for the top pay for each symbol. Might take some time to see that full screen though, especially for the top paying symbols as it seems very hard to get past 15 low paying ones and 10 – 12 of the high paying symbols.

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Free Spin Feature

The Free Spins seem to happen quite frequently although there can be patches where they won’t trigger for a few hundred spins. Hit minimum three scatter symbols anywhere on the screen to enter the bonus feature. 9 – 12 Free Spins are awarded for 3 – 6 scatters. More spins can be indefinitely added during the feature when 3 or more scatters land on any spin, but only 1 – 4 spins for the respective amount of scatters. No multiplier though for the bonus round.

On every second spin one of the low paying symbols is removed from the reels increasing the chance for bigger wins. By spin 8 all low symbols have vanished leaving only the top three Tiki masks and this is the exact moment the slot has in my view the best potential for mega wins. It will start to get interesting upward from 15 clustered symbols with the win amount then 50x bet and getting higher with every further symbol.

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Sticky Win Re-Spin Feature

Netent added a random feature to this slot for more excitement and potentially big wins. It can activate after any winning spin keeping the winning combination and re-spinning the reels. All other symbols are blanked out and any further winning symbols landing fully adjacent to the initial combination will be sticky and a further spin is triggered as long as there are more symbols added on each spin. The total win is counted up on the amount of all clustered symbols on the screen.

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Final Words

What an infectious and entertaining slot has been brought into the gaming world. From the start it is fun to spin the reels, listening to those vibrant tunes, watching the seriously funny animations of the Tiki character and ultimately that volcano erupt the soon we hit a big win. Yet again Netent shows with the cluster pay structure an innovative, never before seen, design that will produce mega wins on a regular basis. Together with the reasonable TRTP and coupled with the low to medium variance it will keep players well entertained.

One moot point I experienced while playing the slot is the fact it can go dozens of spins without a win exceeding the bet size. This can quickly become a balance drainer. However, the given variance ensures that wins do happen frequently enough to avoid a quick bust.

Overall, a job well done from Netent for releasing a slot with an excellent design, unique pay structure and very likeable and funny animations.

 

Aloha kakou!

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