We all love visiting Net Entertainment’s Fruit Shop, not least because of the ready supply of Free Spins the tasty fruits were offering. NetEnt have obviously held some intensive brainstorming sessions because they have come up with a fool proof method to make Fruit Shop even better. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s Fruit Shop Christmas Edition Slot.
Remember our relaxed, sun-soaked beach hut from the original Fruit Shop game? Ever wondered what Christmas on the beach would be like? In Scotland? The blue skies may have gone but the cheeriness remains in Fruit Shop Christmas Edition. A grinning snowman cheekily peers in from one side of the reel case and a Christmas tree leans wonkily on the other. Snow falls all around and covers the ground, while Christmas lights adorn the reel case. It’s Christmas all right, and these fruits are getting frisky.
Apart from the revamp, the game-play in Fruit Shop Christmas Edition remains identical. The chilled out vibe from the original game continues to run through, leaving the stress of Christmas firmly elsewhere. Our low symbols – funky-looking 10s through Aces are snow-covered, while each of the five fruits that are the stars of our Fruit Shop have clearly been left out overnight as they are encased in blocks of ice. The same fruits return: Water Melons, Lemons, Oranges, Plums and Cherries, with Cherries again the top-paying symbols. They are clearly popular all year round.
The Fruit Shop Logo returns as our Wild symbol, substituting for all the other symbols in winning combinations and paying out x2 when forming a winning line.
As in Fruit Shop, each of Fruit Shop Christmas Edition’s fruits can launch its own Free Spins game. As the top-paying symbol, we only require two Cherry symbols to form a winning combination across the five reels to launch the Cherry Free Spins game, while all of the other fruits require three or more symbols in a winning bet line to launch their respective bonus games.
We can win extra multiple spins during every Free Spins round (viewable on the game’s pay table and best left there as they do look complicated, though are actually quite straightforward). These will be added to our Free Spins automatically and refreshed on our Free Spins counter at the top of the screen. And best of all, the oompah/bossanova mash-up that made the Free Spins feature in Fruit Shop so addictive is back in Fruit Shop Christmas Edition, and do I detect a hint of sleigh bells there?
You may be thinking “if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it”, and in many ways you’re absolutely right. But who doesn’t need an injection of Christmas cheer when the mood takes them? In all fairness, the frequent mini-Free Spins games and the accompanying oompah/bossanova mash-up are reasons enough to play either version.