Video slot Aloha – Cluster Pays

This game is another pearl from magnificent game provider NetEnt. It’s revolutionary because it was the first slot game ever to work with clusters instead of paylines. These clusters mean that you hit a win as soon as you see 9 similar symbols land adjacent to one another. After Aloha a lot of games came out using the same principal, but only one can be the first. What’s funny about this game is that as soon as it came out a lot of review site were critiquing it for not portraying the Hawaiian culture correctly, but they later came back on it.

Sounds and symbols

Both the sounds and the symbols make you feel like you are on holiday in Hawaii enjoying life and drinking right out of a coconut. The high paying symbols consist of a red totem, a green totem and a blue totem. The low paying symbols are a pineapple, a coconut, a shell and a flower. The totems can also appear as stacked symbols. In addition to the regular symbols, there are also free spins symbols and substitution symbols. These last ones, function like wilds and take the form of the symbol that is most convenient for you.

Betting options

As there are no clear rolls or rows defined in this game, it is also hard to identify the number of possible paylines. That is why you always bet on 10 paylines. This cannot be changed. You can, however, change the bet level from 1 up to 10. For the coin value you have 7 options that range from 1 cent to 2 euro. This makes for a bet of at least 10 cents and max 200 euro. So this game is perfect for high rollers that are looking for some extra excitement. You can even let autoplay do the work for you from 10 to 1.000 rounds.

Max wins

The jackpot in this game is set at 10.000 coins. Which means that with the highest coin value, you can win 20K in euros. It doesn’t seem like much of a jackpot, but if you realize how you’ll get there, you might think differently. Besides Free Spins and Re-spins this game doesn’t offer many additional features. But the re-spins are special. Because you need to get 30 red totem symbols in order to get the main prize, and you probably won’t be able to without re-spins. But with every re-spin you win a new amount, which can lead to a very nice total in the end.

Overall opinion

Despite of the fact that there are not many extra features, this game is certainly very exciting. For one because you never know how the rolls and rows will end up. Then the substitution symbols also appear a lot, which generate a lot of extra profit for you. And every win generates a re-spin, that often generates a bigger win. Add this to the cheerful theme and you have a game that is too nice to resist.

Other NetEnt Games

If you like this game for being different, you’ll probably enjoy Gonzo’s Quest as well. This game about a naughty guy named Gonzo, was the first to work with blocks instead of normal symbols. The blocks explode after every win, which generate space for new blocks and basically entitles you to a respin. This game was also the first of its kind. Speaking of which, if you like ground breaking games, you need to try Starburst. The game that was so far ahead of its time that it is still relevant today, nearly 10 years later.


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