Fruits ‘n’ royals

Reviews Novomatic’s Slot Game Fruits and Royals

When you hear the words “Slot Machine”, what picture comes to your mind? Even if you have never seen one in the flesh, you may imagine a machine which may have colorful fruits as symbols. The online slot machine game of “Fruits and Royals”, created by a company called “Novomatic” confirms to our most basic idea of how a slot machine looks and sounds, and gives us a sense of comfortable nostalgia.

Playing The Game

The game opens with sounds of fanfare fit to commemorate the arrival of the Royal family. A smiling king and queen are seen giving a very civilized “thumbs-up” sign and you are taken to the game screen.

The game screen consists of five slots with three symbols in each slot. You find bright, back-lit symbols of cherries, lemons and other fruits, then the King and Queen and special symbols of the “Crown” and a “Star”.

The dark background accentuates the vividness of the symbols on the screen. You notice that five lines are active and that cannot be changed. You may change the betting amount for each spin which gets multiplied by the number of lines at play. The soundtrack plays only during the spin, which is good, because it is a synth arpeggio with high tempo. And more than a few seconds of continuous listening to such a soundtrack can set your teeth on edge.

Features of the Game

The game is uncomplicated but entertaining. The objective, as it always is for slot machine games, is to get the same symbols in a line to win. The bet amount can be a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 1000 credits. The game sequences count only from left to right and it gives winnings for 3 or more symbols in sequence.

The main attraction is the “Gamble” feature of the game. Every time you score a win, you can choose to gamble on order to win up to five times the winning amount or to take the amount without the gamble. If you choose to gamble, it takes you to the “Gamble” screen where you have to correctly predict the color of a card drawn from a standard playing card deck. The previous five cards are shown on screen which can help you decide the possibility of getting either red or black. With each successful guess, your winnings are multiplied. After each guess, you can either take the amount or continue gambling.

After the “Gamble” has been completed, you return to the main game screen. The winnings in the “Gamble” feature are based on how high your bet was on the winning spin and how many lines or how many sequences you managed to score.

The “King”, “Queen” and “Crown” symbols are the of high value with the “Crown” being the most valuable. The “Star” symbol is a scatter symbol which means that you can score a win if three or more appear on the screen, even if they are not in line.

As the number of possible winning combinations are low, the game is quite volatile. The winnings for a spin with a high bet value and good “Gamble” predictions, can be very high, which makes up for the lack of small payouts in the game.

Overall, this is a simple slot machine game which is easy to understand and play. The graphics of the game are okay and it transits smoothly from the main game screen to the “Gamble” screen. The sound effects are basic and plain, which works well with the rest of the aspects of the game. Considering all this, the game is effective in entertaining you with some simple gambling and also shows you that it has the potential to give very large payouts.

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