Very Fruity Slot Overview
The fruit machine is the bottom-line, single most basic way to play slots. In the UK everyone over a certain age will refer to a slot machine – even an online video slot – as a fruit machine (if they’re even older they might call it a one-armed bandit, but that’s another story!). The Very Fruity slot is SGI’s attempt – among many – to update the fruity for the 21st century and a new generation.
Should you give these lemons a suck?
Well, SGI stands for Scientific Games Interactive, and they’re a big international company who produce games that are sometimes branded for Bally, sometimes for Williams International. They’ve made some big titles in their time, including official tie-ins with Tetris and Monopoly board game.
So, you should be guaranteed that the basics are all in place here. The game will work, it will pay out as promised and provide a decent player experience with some nice graphics and sound. The setup is standard – 5 reels and 3 rows with 20 fixed pay lines.
Into the fruit bowl!
How does the game go beyond the basic, though? The cut-down design is nicely done and obviously has the small tablet or mobile screens in mind.
The symbols are nicely rendered in graphical, illustrative form that does look modern and up to date to us.
No rewards for recognising this classic set of fruits: grapes, plums, oranges, lemons, watermelon and cherry, with the figure 7 topping off the set with a 500-coin pay-out for a pay-line full of them.
Like the symbols, the controls are very simple too: big bold buttons at the bottom of the screen that is perfect for tapping rather than clicking. It’s very easy to understand, and you’ll be fine-tuning your experience in no time – setting a bet level from 20p to £500, for example, or setting up an Autospin option to make things even more laid back.
Cheery on the cherry
All fine so far. This sort of set up might have pleased the pub punters back in the day, but your average online video slot player is a tad more demanding – what do we want? We want features and bonus games! And we want them Now!
And we have them, courtesy of two more – rather classic – symbols.
A diamond does duty as the wild – only on reels 2 – 4. A sun bonus triggers the first of the bonus rounds, it’s a scatter that you need to see five of to activate a big cash prize made up of random figures that pop up on the sun symbols.
You’ll also trigger a free spins round with five free games. Here the cherry symbol works as a totalizer counting up to a Big Cherry Bonus of even more free spins. In fact, free spins can retrigger up to 15 times, which is a generous number of no-cash games.
The theoretical return to player is 95.51%, which isn’t the most generous in the industry at the moment. But it’s not half bad, and there’s something compelling about these no-frills games, particularly when produced this well – looks and sounds are all great – and especially for mobile gamers for whom the action is the pull.