It took me seven years to find out that Tiki Wonders™, one of NetEnt’s first jackpot slots, and part of the Wonders slots, was based on Hawaii. It is because of the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot, that was launched in March 2016, I had a good look at the country of which I now know that it’s the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America. While searching what Hawaii is all about, I stumbled on the tiki, a large wooden carving in humanoid form, taking me only a few seconds to connect it to the Tiki Wonders™ jackpot slot. This means that of all the 150+ NetEnt slots available at the NetEnt Casinos, there are two that are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands. No wonder because having a better look at the American state, the Hawaiian culture and its inhabitants, it seems that the islands in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean between China’s gambling paradise Macau and Mexico has a lot to offer.
While I was writing the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot announcement, I was wondering how the word Aloha was actually used. I knew the inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands did use it a lot when welcoming its tourists, for example, but what’s the story behind. 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.
You just found out what the Aloha part of Aloha! Cluster Pays™ is all about, but what about the constantly smiling Tiki that can be found on the right side of the six reels? Well, I had a good look at this part of the Hawaiian culture as well and I found out that a tiki can be recognised as a large wooden carving in humanoid form, often served to mark the boundaries of sacred or significant sites. In Polynesian mythology, a tiki often represents the first human being on Earth, but many gods of Hawaii and Polynesia were represented by tikis as well. Looking for a tiki, you can also find some in the Tiki Wonders™ video slot, another tropical NetEnt slot based by the Hawaiian culture.
Did you know that, even though far away from the United States, this archipelago is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America. Hawaii received statehood on August 21, 1959, having Honolulu as its capital city. This 50th state of the United States consists of the eight main islands Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui and the Island of Hawaiʻi but the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago is spread over 2.400 kilometers also comprising of several atolls, undersea seamounts, and numerous smaller islets. 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, but many of the Hawaiians do speak English as well.
If you are one of many that prefer to play for fun though with real money, a minimum bet of 0.10 sounds fair. A certain bet is giving you the excitement of a real money casino while you don’t have to worry about losing too much money when Lady Luck isn’t on your side. If you do feel like the luck is with you, you can always increase your bet for a bit thanks to the ten levels and the eight different coin values. Goin all-in, I really think you have to be part of the exclusive club of high rollers, a group of players that enjoys an adrenaline rush while playing with large bets like the 200.00 maximum bet available in the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot for example.
By now many NetEnt slots are offering distinctive reels including Wild Rockets™, Pyramid: Quest for Immortality™, Dazzle Me™, and more. However, it is the first time NetEnt is showing off with a 6-reel and 5-row video slot offering a new type of excitement. Besides the six distinctive reels, this tropical NetEnt slot is also offering a very original Cluster Pays™ mechanic as never seen before in any online slot.
Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot features
Besides the distinctive reels, I’m sure you will appreciate the Cluster Pays™ mechanic feature too with its clusters of symbols. Besides the Cluster Pays™ mechanic, the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot is offering a Symbol Drop feature as well which is adding more tropical excitement to reels. This particular feature will be available during Free Spins removing low win symbols while increasing the chance of a bigger win, but there’s more…
Substitution Symbols aka Wilds
In all those years that I have been writing about the NetEnt video slots, this particular slot feature was always described as a Wild symbol. Not in the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ slot, though, as this video slot if offering a Substitution Symbol instead. I tried to find out if there was a big difference between the both of them, and if so, what it was. So far I am without any result as the Substitution Symbol transforms into the adjacent symbol creating the highest possible winning combination in a cluster. As far as I know that is exactly what the Wild is doing, but I like NetEnt’s attempt to bring some variety in the names of the slot features.
Sticky Win Re-Spins
A Sticky Re-Spins feature does sound like Hawaiian music to my ears as Sticky Wins and Re-Spins have both been proved to be successful in the past. Now, you get them both in one single slot feature, randomly activated after a cluster win. During a Sticky Win Re-Spin, the winning symbols are held while all other symbols get ready for a re-spin. This does make me think of the Sticky Win feature available in the Jack Hammer™ slots, a slot feature that has been successful for several years now. Just as it is the case during the Sticky Win feature in Jack Hammer™, a Sticky Win Re-Spin keeps on going as long as new symbols are added becoming sticky as a result. This means that if the winning cluster size increases, the symbols increasing the size of the cluster will become sticky too followed by another re-spin involving the leftover symbols. This continues until there is a spin that does not increase the size of the cluster or until a cluster completely fills up the screen. This slot feature is just another reason why the Aloha! Cluster Pays™ is worth playing.
Free Spin symbols
The majority of the NetEnt slots is offering a Free Spins slot feature and Aloha! Cluster Pays™ is no exception. Free Spin symbols can appear during the main game and during Free Spins. Three or more Free Spin symbols in the main game are enough to activate at least 9 Free Spins but the number of Free Spins can climb up to 12 when six Free Spin symbols appear fully or partially on the reels. Additional Free Spins can be won during the Free Spins slot feature when three Free Spin symbols add one extra free spin while 2,3 or 4 Free Spins will be added when 4,5 or 6 Free Spin symbols are visible on the reels during Free Spins.