Aloha! Cluster Pays
Net Entertainment's Aloha Cluster Pays slot has a bit of a Hawaiian theme with different festive statues, flowers, shells, fruits and other relevant imagery. It plays a bit differently than other online slots, however, because it doesn't pay out wins according to paylines. As you will see below, it pays out based on groups of symbols that are touching each other, and this allows for some pretty creative features and lots of ways to get paid. Overall, this is a very interesting and atypical slot that offers a fast-paced experience.
Atypical Format and Layout
The layout of this game has six reels with five rows. There is no traditional payline structure, and we'll get to how payouts work below. Play is based on paying sets of 10 coins, and coins range from $0.01 to $2 apiece. You can also bet as many as 10 times the smallest available bet size of just 10 coins, so you can bet from 10 to 100 coins per spin. The smallest bet size per spin is just $0.10, but you can play for up to $200 per turn, making this game perfect for players at all stays.
How Cluster Pays Work
Instead of using traditional paylines or even the all ways convention, Aloha Cluster Pays by NetEnt (read more) offers a cluster pays method of awarding wins. A cluster in this game is a group of the same symbol that are adjacent to each other either vertically or horizontally all together. You need a cluster of at least nine symbols to get paid in this game, and you can have as many as 30 matching symbols in a cluster. You can get multiple clusters per spin, but only the highest win available for each cluster is paid out.
There are seven regular paying symbols in this game. The top three symbols are the red, green and blue statues. The lower four symbols are the pineapple, the coconut, the seashell and the flower. This set of symbols really fits the Hawaiian theme, and it just goes to show how much detail Net Entertainment puts into their titles.
The larger the clusters, the bigger the wins. For example, 30 of the red, green or blue symbols pay out 10,000x, 5,000x and 5,000x, respectively. All of the four lower symbols pay 2,000x for five of a kind. While it's obviously unlikely that you'll hit wins this large on a single spin, you don't have to if you want to get big payouts because of the way the features work.
There's also a wild symbol that looks like a question mark on a wooden crate, and it will automatically substitute for the symbol that will give you the largest single win.
Sticky Win Re-Spin Feature
One of the main features that drives the gameplay in this slot (more here) is the Sticky Win Re-Spin Feature. The way this works is that when you get a winning cluster, you're paid right away for that win. However, you also get a free re-spin immediately after that holds your winning clusters in place while all of the other symbols on the reels spin. If your cluster picks up additional symbols, you're paid out once again, and the re-spin feature continues until you don't pick up additional symbols.
This feature adds a tremendous amount of value to the game since you can get paid two, three, four or more times on a single spin.
Free Spins Feature
A free spins vacation ticket symbol will appear on all six reels, and if you pick up at least three, then you'll get a set of free spins. You can win between nine and 12 free spins for picking up between three and six of the free spins symbols, and they will add between one and four free spins to your total if you get three or more again during this bonus feature.
During your free spins, you'll get an atypical game mechanic where low-end symbols will fall out of the way to allow more symbols to fall into place. This gives you better chances at bigger wins with the higher paying symbols, and that means that the free spins are worth a bit more value than regular spins.
The bottom line is that this is a very atypical game that pays out in a lot of different ways. With the sticky re-spin feature and the free spins, you'll have lots of opportunities to nail sizable, multi-payout wins on the same spin.