Aloha! Cluster Pays is a Hawaiian themed game set on a colourful imagining of a beautiful tropical island. In fact the colours are so bright that you may need to pop on a pair of sun-glasses when you sit down to play this game.
This 2016 game from NetEnt has proved to be a big hit with casino gamers since its launch. The vibrant colours and atmospheric music and sound effects certainly help to elevate this game and give it a happy and cheerful vibe.
The game takes place across six reels of five rows apiece. The backdrop to the reels is an idyllic Hawaiian scene with a smouldering volcano in the distance and a grinning Tiki statue next to the reels. That statue will burst into life as winning clusters are created.
There are a total of seven regular symbols in play on this game. These go in value from lowest to highest as follows: flower, sea shell, coconut, pineapple, blue Tiki, green Tiki and the highest value red Tiki. As you will have gathered from the name of the game, winning combinations come in clusters of the same symbol rather than traditional lines.
You must find at least nine of the same symbols in a group touching each other to claim a win. The lowest value wins won’t even return your stake, but should you claim an entire board of red Tikis you would win 10,000 times your bet.
Note that the three Tiki symbols are different to all of the others because they extend over two spaces rather than just one.
Apart from the regular symbols you will also see question mark symbols on the reels. If these land next to sufficient basic symbols to form a win they will change into whatever that symbol is. Effectively they are wild symbols, but cannot take the place of the scatters.
The fact that you are looking for clusters rather than lines takes a while to get used to, but adds a new dimension to game play.
Occasionally you will be rewarded with a random respin. When this happens then your winning collection of symbols freezes while the other reels spin again. If another one or more of the same symbol joins the cluster then there is a further respin and so on until no more symbols are added.
During the sticky respin rounds the Tiki figures shrink down in size so that they cover just one space.
Another symbol to keep an eye out for is the purple-hued free spins stamp. Find three of these scatters anywhere on the screen and you will earn 9 free spins. 4 scatters give you 10 free spins, you get 11 for 5 scatters and a big 12 free spins if you find 6 scatters.
These can be retriggered but you will only earn between 1 and 4 extra spins for finding 3 to 6 more spin symbols during the bonus round.
The free spins round introduces a novel game feature which can really help you to win big. The game proceeds as normal at first, and you hope to make those clusters of at least nine of the same symbols. The extra feature is that every time you make a winning cluster, the lowest value symbols drop off the reels for the remainder of your free spins.
As more symbols drop off, you are left only with high value symbols and a greatly improved chance of a win.
As a final little extra gift, if you don’t win on the last spin of your free spin round, you keep getting an extra free spin until you claim that win.
Aloha! Cluster Pays is quite simply a beautifully designed game, which is why it quickly became a fan favourite. The look and the sounds of this game are nothing less than perfect.
On the negative side of things, there can be lengthy periods where you get only small wins or none at all. Plus it can take a very long time for the free spins game to be triggered.
However, in general we have more good than bad to say about this tropical treat of a game.
|Game Name||Aloha! Cluster Pays||Software||NetEnt|
|Win Both Ways||N/A||Max Coins per line||10|
Aloha! Cluster Pays Review 2019
- Overall - 7.1/107.1/10
NetEnt have come up with the goods once again and delivered an instant classic of a slot game.