When you hear the name of this slot offering from Wazdan, you might be forgiven for thinking that you have seen them all. Yes, the name Jumping Fruits does evoke images of the 80s and 90s casino slot games featuring fruits, bells, and stars. Yes, it is indeed set in the classic slot mold, but the similarity ends there. You will find the familiar look, no doubt, but the graphics are of the twenty-first century. There are also enough pleasant surprises in the game to keep you hooked. In its architecture, Jumping Fruit is quite traditional, with 3 reels and 3 rows. But unlike many traditional games with 3 paylines, Jumping Fruits has 27 paylines to use. But beyond this, there are many interesting features which make it different from a standard fruit based casino slot.
Jumping Fruits – RTP and Maximum Win
The first innovation we noticed is that the 2 pay tables are displayed on the screen while you play. This allows you to keep track of what each symbol can be. It is pretty helpful, especially when you have just begun to play. The new gamers can begin playing with the minimum bet of 0.1 coins. When you have got the hang of this game, you can go as high as 100 coins. We found the average returns a tad disappointing. This slot has an RTP of 96.4% only. Although it is a high percentage, there are many games which do offer more. The saving grace is that this game won’t bore you at all.
Jumping Fruits Symbols
Jumping Fruits follows the traditional mold in its symbols as well. You will find several high definition symbols, for sure. But don’t look for the Wild and Scatter you are used to in other games.
Let us come to the regular symbols now. There are 13 symbols in this game. Each of them is in an attractive 3D view. Also, the symbols are infused with animation. They each have a unique personality. When we began playing this game, we often got distracted by amusing symbols. Of the 13 symbols, a dozen symbols are of fruits. The last symbol is that of the Star Sheriff. Let us look at some symbols you will see in this game:
- Chinese pears
- Star Sherriff
Jumping Fruits Bonus
Anyone who works on gardening or has grown fruits knows one undeniable truth. Where there are plants and fruits, there will be caterpillars too. The Jumping Fruit game is similar. The caterpillar does make an appearance, though not on the symbols. It occurs in one of the special features. This game doesn’t have any bonus rounds to speak of, but there are two special features.
- Nudge Feature – This is a great feature which has since been adopted by a number of other similar games as well. It is activated at random, not in response to a specific combination of symbols. There is a red jar visible in between the reels when this happens. This is used for the Nudge feature when you fail to strike a winning combination. A nudge on the red jars would realign the reels and symbols. This would be done in a way that the correct winning combination is created. At least 4 to 5 other games have also used this feature to provide more winning opportunities to players. One game even has the word Nudge in its name. We are not sure whether Wazdan was the pioneer of this feature. But it is true that we encountered it for the first time in Jumping Fruits. We were so intrigued that we looked around for comparisons and then changed upon the other games using this feature. So, for us, the nudge will always be associated with Jumping Fruits.
- Gamble Feature – This feature can be activated any time you hit a winning alignment of symbols. The winning combination could have been achieved as part of regular gameplay or through the nudge feature. The caterpillar that we spoke about earlier makes its appearance during this feature. When you win a round, you have the option of activating the gamble feature. When you play this feature, you put on stake the amount you have just won. If you win the gamble feature, that win amount doubles. But if you lose, you lose the won amount as well. So tread carefully. You will be shown two leaves on the screen, and you must pick one of them. If you see a fruit below it, you have won. If you see a caterpillar, you lose.
Don’t discard this game because its name sounds like an old-fashioned fruit-based casino slot. It has enough thrills to keep you interested. The wins, though not best in class, are attractive enough to be worth your while.