Fruit Madness Slots
You’ll find some quirky animated fruits covering the reels of this real money game from Ash Gaming. In many ways, this game is very much a ‘formula’ type setup – with a picks game and free spins round the main points of interest. At the same time the way the design works does give this game plenty of charisma. It is not the newest video slot you’ll find online, though it does have bags of personality, and some big win potential thanks to the 3x win multipliers during the free spins game.
Setup of the Fruit Madness Slot
Only having 9 win lines is a throw-back to the early days of slot gaming. What this does mean is that the individual line wins can be bigger compared to the more modern 50+ lines (or all ways) games. Fruit Madness uses a bright (to the point of being garish) colored 5 reel by 3 rows of symbol setup, and far fewer symbols compared to most other slots.
Wilds are the symbols you’ll want to see on the reels most. These are the Fruit Madness logo with the word ‘Wild’ underneath in bright red. These symbols have the biggest single win – with 1500 coins available for 5 of a kind. Keep in mind that you’ll be spinning for just 9 coins (and multiples of that) each time. 4 Wilds gets you 1000 coins, with 200 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2 from the left.
Next come the 6 different fruit symbols, all of which have big eyes and quirky animations. The pear has the biggest prize (150 coins for 5), followed by the melon, plum, orange, lemon and a pair of cherries. There are no filler symbols for this game – which increases your chances of winning with these unique symbols.
There are two special symbols. One shows money and the word bonus – and triggers the spotlight bonus game – the other is a coin with free spins, which triggers the 3x free spins round.
Spotlight Bonus Game
While this game is essentially a random picks game involving the fruits, it certainly has some quirky charm. You will see all 6 fruits lined up on small podiums, and a spotlight above them. When you click to start, the light moves from fruit to fruit (triggering animations), and stops on one of them. You then get awarded a cash prize.
The number of bonus symbols you hit to trigger this game is very important. Not only does this decide how many picks you get (between 3 and 5), it affects the size of your prizes. If you hit 3 bonus symbols, the maximum possible win is 240 coins. If you hit 5 then this could be as high as 10,000.
Free Spins Bonus Game
Anyone familiar with early video slots will know the system for the free spins round. If you hit 3 of the scatters anywhere in view, you’ll get 10 free spins. This goes up to 20 and then 30 for 4 or 5 scatters. The big reason that this bonus is worth hitting is that wins are given a 3x multiplier for the duration. You can retrigger for more free spins during play with 3+ of the bonus symbols.
Bright, Clashing Colors in the Design
Overall, the look and feel of this game is deliberately over the top – with garish orange, bright yellow and bold green colors fighting for prominence around the reels. The multi-colored logo and clashing shades of the line number markers make the scene all the more intensive.
Once you start to spin the quirkiness of the animated fruits takes over. These will pull strange expressions, bounce and laugh when involved in wins. You’ll see the usual squares marking out any winning combinations too. None of them are detailed in the graphical sense, though they are certainly full of character.
The only bigger animation is for the picks game. This is not too detailed, though the production is certainly entertaining. Sound effects, while retro by today’s standards, are very nicely tied into the overall theme.
Will You Go Mad for Fruit Madness?
While this is certainly a fun, even quirky, online slot – I am not convinced it will hold your attention for too long. The 3x free spins round, combined with the smaller number of symbol types on the reels, can be profitable. If you manage to trigger the picks bonus with 5 of the special symbols, you can also find yourself with a bigger win. Enjoy Fruit Madness for the colorful fruit characters, and any big wins that come your way can be a welcome extra.