Fans of the original Fruit Fiesta online slot may be wondering how Microgaming could have improved for this sequel. The answer? Well, add two extra reels and twelve extra paylines, of course! Oh, and how’s about even more fruit to add to this fiesta? Yum yum!
Fruit Fiesta was, and still is, a classic, but Microgaming have upped the ante for the sequel, as a saucy northern uncle might say. Fruit Fiesta 5 Reel now benefits from five reels and 15 paylines, ramping up the gameplay with added win potential. The gaming mechanism remains the same – we have options to play between 1-3 coins, but with no fixed coin coin size we have added levels of possible betting strategy. We now have bet options of €/£/$0.05 – €/£/$75.00, so this slot is much more in line with the betting and strategy options available to the modern gamer.
The symbols that made the original Fruit Fiesta so bright and colourful are back, though Microgaming have plumped for more fruit than scores of classic gaming BARs and 7s. This is nice tweaking of the game design that helps to keep things fresh and zingy, just like the limes and pineapples that whiz past our eyes at a hundred miles per hour.
Fruit Fiesta 5 Reel doesn’t have a dedicated bonus feature as such, but there are still bonuses to be had. The Fruit Fiesta Game Logo is still Wild, but acts much more like a Wild that we know and love by substituting for all other symbols except the Scatter Scatter, so good they named it twice. The Scatter pays out for landing three or more anywhere across the five reels.
The Fruit Fiesta Wild is also our ticket to a big progressive jackpot win. Land five Fruit Fiesta Wilds on maximum bet across the 15th payline and we are jumping aboard the banana boat. Destination: dreamland.
It is often true that sequels don’t meet the same expectation as the original, but that is not the case for this sequel from Microgaming. The developers have taken a good classic concept and made it great, benefitting us as players in terms of both gameplay and bonuses. If the original game was a Hot Slot Time Machine that took us on a trip to the past, this Fruit Fiesta is sending us to the future. And it tastes fruity.