As spring-time slowly slips away, summer looms ever closer. And, like every year, dreams of an exotic summer vacation start filling everyone’s minds. There’s probably not a person who hasn’t dreamt of having their vacation in some remote island in the Pacific. Of course, those are usually prohibitively expensive, unless you take up NetEnt’s travel plan. With it, you get your dream vacation, and it’s the only vacation where you have a shot at getting paid!
The theme is quite simple, but the slot executes it masterfully. But graphics are just one part of the equation! Aloha! Cluster Pays’ RTP is 96.42%, which is above the current average. Not only that, but it also tries its best to stand out from the crowd. It uses Cluster Pays, mystery symbols, sticky win re-spins, stacked icons and free spins to create something engaging and rewarding. How rewarding, you might ask? About 2000x your total stake! Quite valuable, if you ask us.
As far as graphics go, NetEnt has made better. But there’s no denying this game has an awesome atmosphere. The smiling totem will put on sunglasses for big, or will occasionally whistle to catch you off-guard. The gameplay loop is also quite fun, and is the best part of Aloha! Cluster Pays. It has some flaws, but we can easily recommend this slot to anyone who’s interested.
Available symbols include a pink flower, a seashell, a coconut, a colourful fruit, and three stone statues. Each statue depicts a human face. The most valuable icon is the angry face statues, that pays 10,000 coins for a 30 cluster win. In contrast, the lowest paying symbol is split between the fruit, the coconut, the seashell and the flower. All four of these icons grant 2000 coins for a 30 cluster win. So, if you want to win that 2000x jackpot, you actually want to come across angry mask instead of flowers.
Mystery symbols: A substitution icon can appear anywhere, and will transform into an adjacent symbol that will yield the best winning combination. They are able to become any icon, except for Scatters.
Sticky Win Re-Spins: After a cluster win is formed, there is a chance for this special feature to trigger. It freezes the winning combination in place, and spins all other positions on the playing field. If the number of symbols participating in the win is increased, then another re-spin is played. Otherwise, the bonus ends right there.
Free Spins: Three, four, five or six Scatters reward nine, ten, eleven or twelve extra turns, respectively. It is possible to win additional free spins while the bonus is already active by collecting more Scatters. During free spins, only high value mask icons can appear on the board. Lastly, if your final free spin does not reward a cash prize, you get another one. This continues until you win anything.
What it lacks in raw visual fidelity, it makes up for in charm and atmosphere. Everything is relaxed and chilled out, until the big wins start rolling in. Comparing it to modern releases, it holds up surprisingly well.
However, players looking to win that 2000x jackpot will have to do a bit of grinding. The high RTP is in your favour, as are the numerous bonuses. Low volatility may be a turn-off for some gamblers, but we do not see it as a negative. The large number of small prizes will keep people engaged as they chase after bigger wins!
It’s not perfect, but it was super fun to play. We hope to see more slots like Aloha! Cluster Pays from NetEnt down the line. It has our seal of approval, so go Wild! You might end up winning enough cash for an actual trip to a Pacific island with enough luck!