Sometimes, slots will go out of their way to impress the player. Superb visuals, fluid animations, even an extensive introduction video to set the tone. NetEnt’s done plenty of that themselves, after all! Sadly, not all games get this treatment. In a chase to make new releases to be played every month, developers often cut corners. But even rushed projects have a shot at turning out great: and that’s the unexpected success of Fruit Shop.
Apart from a small victory jingle, there’s no music in this slot. Fruit Shop’s RTP is 96.71%, which is much higher than the current average. It only has two special features, and they’re quite simplistic at that. You have a Wild with a 2x multiplier, and free spins that can be won in a variety of different ways. All of that leads to a jackpot worth 630x your total stake. Not the most thrilling maximum prize, but one you’re far more likely to hit than most others.
If you set your expectations accordingly, this slot can be very enjoyable. There aren’t any eye-catching animations, but everything runs silky smooth. The symbol designs are bland and uninspired, but they get the job done. You’ve triggered free spins thousands of times by now – but never quite like this. It’s an above-average game, hiding behind a boring theme.
Coins in this NetEnt release can be set between ₹1.00 and ₹100.00 per spin. By changing their bet level and coin value, gamblers can adjust their total bet by proxy. You can stake as little as ₹15, or you can bet big and wager ₹1500 for each spin! This allows for both casual players and high rollers to find a bet they’re comfortable with. Great news for a slot that tries to appeal to as many people as possible.
We really don’t have much to talk about when it comes to icons. As you’d expect from a game inspired by a fruit machine, they’re as generic as they come. You have playing card royals alongside watermelons, oranges, lemons, plums and cherries. The Fruit Shop logo is the Wild. There is no Scatter symbol. The cherries are the most valuable icon, and with a bit of multiplier assistance, can quickly transform into the 630x jackpot.
Wild Multiplier: Wilds have their traditional role of being able to substitute for all symbols. On top of that, all Wilds come with a 2x multiplier. That means that if a Wild is part of a winning combination, the prize it awards will be doubled.
Free Spins: This is where Fruit Shop won us over, and what makes it stand out compared to other, similar slots. If you create a winning combination with any fruit, you get one, two or five free spins. The number of extra turns is determined by how many icons were part of the winning combination. The same rule applies once free spins are triggered. Except now, playing card royals also reward free spins if they create a win.
4x Multiplier: Free spins come with their own 2x multiplier, just like Wilds. If a Wild is part of a winning combination while free spins are active, their multipliers will combine. This creates a 4x multiplier that allows the 630x jackpot to be won.
The graphics are nothing but serviceable. The symbol design was alright for the year it was released, but it remains uninspired. Fruit-themed slots have to try twice as hard to draw attention to themselves. And sadly, Fruit Shop fails to accomplish that.
Instead, the game quietly pushed forward a very interesting free spins mechanic. It’s the first time we played a low-medium variance release where wins were so infrequent. It was certainly an interesting experience, even if we did not win the jackpot.
We think there’s value in playing this NetEnt slot, even if it’s just the demo version. The prize isn’t great, but it’s an awesome way to relax after trying to chase down a jackpot in another game.