NetEnt Just Launched Aloha Cluster Plays Pokie
Aloha Cluster Plays is a new pokie, developed by Net Entertainment. Net Ent for short, are a Swedish powerhouse. They pump out quality game, after quality game. Aloha Cluster Plays, is a Hawaiian themed pokie, based specifically on Polynesian culture.
What We Like
Aloha Cluster Plays, is not your conventional pokie. Payline are not won left to right in this one, there aren’t even paylines. Instead, it is won by landing clusters of symbols on the reels. If there are nine or more of the same symbol, in a cluster, you win. This is a simplistic style of gameplay which we can appreciate, for it wins big, frequently. We like the overall appearance of the game.
Since Net Entertainment was founded in 1996 they have been producing games that lead the industry visually. Aloha Cluster Plays upholds this standard, with exceptional graphics and animations. The background image has a pink tinge to it, with is just one of the many interesting design choices that set this game apart visually.
Sorry for going on about it, but we just can’t help but appreciate a well-designed pokie. The Free Spins Game, is triggered by landing three or more of the Stamp Symbol. Landing more than three spins, rewards more free spins, which is always a nice touch. The most, free spins is given for landing 6 scatters.
This entitles the player to a reasonable 12 free spins. This is not a glorious number, but with the way this free spins game works, it can be advantageous to have less spins. You see, the Free Spins Game, has a feature which removes symbols of lower value, to build higher value clusters.
It does this every turn, and if you have not won by the last spin, you are given spins until you do. Stick Win Respins, are randomly triggered after any win. The feature works by holding the cluster win that triggered it on the reels, and respining all the other symbols. This can add additional symbols to your cluster which will in turn, increase the size of your win.
During this Stick Wild Respin, the large totem symbols can be smaller. They normally take up two spaces, and count as two symbols, but this feature lets them act like a single symbol. The substitution symbol, which is in essence a Wild, can also substitute for a single version of these larger symbols.
We like the jackpot, and the massive winning potential in this game. It is a really easy jackpot to get your head around. To win it, you need to fill every space on the reels, with a symbol of the highest value. No short order, we know. But there is still a lot of big wins that can be made by landing clusters.
What We Don’t like
This is a great pokie, and we have trouble talking bad about it. So we are not going to, there are a few things that maybe Net Entertainment could have done better. But this was never meant to be one of their biggest titles.
We suppose that Net Entertainment could have moved the Max Bet Button away from the spin button. Pressing it also spins the reels and putting the two, next to one another is standard in Net Ent games. But it is a little bit annoying, and we press it from time to time.
Is this game worth playing?
This is a great game, to see us through until their next great game is released. It does more or less everything right, and offers a great alternative to the traditional five reel pokie. It is rare that a company changes the reel mechanics and another element of game play, doesn’t suffer.
Be it the symbol values or the paytables, changing how the reels work, normally impact the balance. This pokie has no drawbacks, due to its irregular gameplay. We think that this alone makes the game worth playing.