Fruit Zen

If you like to relax while enjoying real money games, then Fruit Zen from BetSoft could be just the right choice for you. This is a simple game, which as the name implies involves lining up fruits to win prizes. The ‘Zen ‘ part of the name is also obvious when you start to play. There is an amazing calm ocean backdrop to the reels, with some entertaining details. There are also very chilled light effects when you hit wins and relaxing music while you play.

You’ll certainly have the chance to win some big money while you chill with Fruit Zen. This slot has a respin feature which combines with special expanding wilds, which can often trigger multiple wins at the same time.


How to Win on the Fruit Zen Slot

Unlike most slot games, which have wins going from left to right across the reels – Fruit Zen works in both directions. If you hit 3 or more consecutive symbols from the right, this also counts as a win. 5 of a kind wins only count in one of the directions at a time though!

The best paying symbol is the orange, which pays out 250 coins for 5 of a kind, 200 for 4 and 50 for just 3. Keep in mind that these amounts are for spins of just 10 coins and from both directions. Next in the payouts are the lemons, at 120 for 5 of a kind. Grapes, melons, plums, raspberries and cherries make up the smaller wins. You will often find the symbols stacked on the reels, with more than one (and often all 3) positions on the reel taken up by the same fruit. This makes it more common to hit multiple wins at the same time compared to games where each symbol on the reels is different to the last.

Fruit Zen Wild and Respin Feature

Logos, which are just the stylized words ‘Fruit Zen’ are the wild symbols in this game. They do not appear too frequently, though when they do there is a special bonus sequence. First, the wild expands (complete with flowers) to fill the entire reel, which can generate some more wins on occasion with the symbols already on the reels.

You also get a free respin, during which the expanded wild symbol stays in place. Sometimes, you’ll hit another of the wilds, which appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. If this is the case then this also expands and you will get another respin – with the 2 wilds stuck in place. If you are lucky enough to get 3 of them then the final respin will be guaranteeing a lot of wins from both directions.

Design and Setup of Fruit Zen

What you’ll notice immediately is the seascape in the background to the transparent reels. There are some rocks in the foreground, and very effective slow moving ripples and waves on the sea itself. Above this is a very effective pinkish sunset type sky. Look out for the rock on the bottom left, which has a small crab on the top of it.

Contrasting with the sea are the vivid fruit symbols. These have light effects which make them look like they could be made out of glass. Each one is brightly colored and the overall effect is excellent. When you hit wins you will see flashes of light on the line markers at the side of the reels which then shoot bolts of light through the winning combination. There are minor animations on the fruits, just size and some rotation.  As a final design touch, the control buttons have  a far eastern feel to them – with fonts and numbers cleverly designed.

The setup behind the chilled music and graphics is a 5 by 3 grid with 10 win lines which trigger in both directions over the reels. You can lower the lines in steps of 2, and choose from a wide range of coin sizes. For bigger spenders it is also possible to increase the number of coins played per line. As usual BetSoft provide you with a ‘bet max’ button as well as an auto play option. Sounds, animations and graphics quality are all configurable via the ‘options’ button on the top left of the screen.

Overall Experience

If you like no-frills and solid slot games to relax with, then Fruit Zen would make an excellent choice. The straight forward game play, relaxing music and visuals and the chance of a big win in the expanding wilds with respins feature all combine to make this BetSoft slot a must see.

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