NetEnt announces Aloha Cluster Pays™ slot
After NetEnt’s last launch, the Guns N’ Roses video slot™, I have to be careful with my expectations regarding any new video slots announced. It wouldn’t be fair to expect the same cutting-edge graphics and advanced slot features as players get treated to while playing Guns N’ Roses. So what to expect from NetEnt’s newly announced video slot called Aloha Cluster Pays™ slot? Well, I’ve become spoiled, that’s for sure, so my heart didn’t start pumping when having a look at the Aloha Cluster Pays™ slot preview video. However, it looks like NetEnt managed to come up with a different gameplay and some brand new slot features including Sticky Win Re-spins and a Symbol Drop feature.
As some of you know, I hardly ever start a review or game announcement with what you are looking for! I know, I should, but to keep writing a review fun for me and fun to read for you, I always try to get some background information. In this case, my thoughts slipped away easily, to an island far away, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean between China’s gambling paradise Macau, and Mexico. Even though far away from the United States, this archipelago is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaï or Hawaii, just as you like, has Honolulu as its capital city and even though this state consists of the eight main islands Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui and the Island of Hawaiʻi, the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago is spread over 2.400 kilometers also comprising of several atolls, numerous smaller islets, and undersea seamounts. The 1,4 million inhabitants speak Ōlelo Hawaiʻi, or simply Hawaiian, a Polynesian language that takes its name from Hawaiʻi, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands where it developed. Besides Hawaiian, English is mentioned as the official language of the state of Hawaii as well.
Often heard on television, I never ever wondered what the meaning is of the word Aloha!. Luckily there’s always Wikipedia, telling me that Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. This is the official meaning as it has been since the middle of the 19th century that Aloha has come to be used as an English greeting to say goodbye and hello.
It won’t take long for Aloha to become part of the fastest growing industry worldwide, the iGaming industry, as NetEnt decided that its next game is going to be called Aloha Cluster Pays™, obviously inspired by the Hawaiian culture. That’s why you’ll be treated to a very colourful design in which a volcano, sea, and palm trees can’t be missed. It’s almost like a puzzle to find out what this video slot is all about because honestly I don’t know much about the archipelago other than it being a great holiday resort where it looks like Aloha is being used as a general greeting. Digging into the Aloha Cluster Pays™ slot, I get to know more and more about the American state. Although I’ve seen the tiki before in the Tiki Wonders™ video slot, it never occurred to me that Tiki Wonders™ actually is inspired by the Hawaiian Islands. Well, never late than never, I now know that a tiki is a large wooden carving in humanoid form, often served to mark the boundaries of sacred or significant sites. The first inhabitants of Hawaii voyaged from Polynesia, bringing religious and spiritual convictions. In Polynesian mythology, tiki often represents the first human being on Earth, but many gods of Hawaii and Polynesia were represented by tikis as well. Good to know considering the fact that the distinctive reels in the Aloha Cluster Pays™ slot are filled with tiki’s and when representing gods, you’ll always have some extra luck by your side.
Aloha Cluster Pays™ slot design
Besides a tiki coming alive in the Aloha Cluster Pays™ slot, supporting you during the game, you can also expect a happy tropical atmosphere. The cheerful Tiki responds to the in-game events like Gonzo did in Gonzo’s Quest™, and the anime princess in Koi Princess™. It also seems the volcano is fairly active as it erupts every time there is a win. One thing is for sure! You don’t have to go far to get a short holiday as from the 22nd of March, NetEnt will take you to the tropical islands with its latest fun-filled video slot: Aloha! Cluster Pays™.
Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot features
Even though it is not the first time that NetEnt is showing off with distinctive reels, it is for the first time the Swedish-Maltese software developer is going to present a 6-reel and 5-row video slot offering a new type of excitement. Besides the six distinctive reels, I’m sure players are going to love the original Cluster Pays™ mechanic feature with its clusters of symbols where more and more matching symbols increase the cluster size. Besides the Cluster Pays™ mechanic feature, the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot is also going to bring a Symbol Drop feature adding even more tropical excitement to the six reels. During this special feature, available during Free Spins, will remove low win symbols, increasing the chance of a bigger win. This all will be completed with a Wild symbol, Sticky Re-Spins and an incredibly attractive theme to look forward to. So stay tuned!