Aloha Cluster Basic Information:
When you think of holidays what comes to mind? Probably a lot of things, but that's my fault for making the question so broad. Let's try again – when you think sunny holidays what do you think of? Did you answer the beach, or did you decide to be difficult? We might be getting off track. Aloha Cluster is a game based on the sunny islands and beaches of Hawaii, and the native structures found within. Is this a holiday worth taking, or is this one island best left undisturbed? Read our review to find out!
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Aloha Cluster is no exception. This game was released on the 25th of March, 2016.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Beach comes with a total of 0 paylines over 6 reels in a 3×6 layout. 0 paylines!? Yes, this is an odd pokie in that it works with a Cluster Pays system. With this system symbols count as part of a cluster as long as they are located horizontally or vertically adjacent. These need to appear in lumps of 9 or more symbols to count as a cluster.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 10
- The maximum coins bet sits at 100
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 2.00
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.42%, which is around average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This is only a small menu consisting of a total of three options. These are listed below.
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels – this means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
When toggled this option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Spacebar to play
When toggled this options adds spinning the reel with the spacebar as a possible option. This means another simple way of spinning the reels.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- When cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Aloha Cluster also comes with question-mark and ‘i' icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the ‘i' button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the ‘i' button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
Aloha, hello and goodbye as commonly used by English speakers. Affection, peace compassion and mercy are the more technically accurate translations, but the points are similar. Welcome, and share the love.
The pokie itself it based off the islands of Hawaii, complete with a smoking volcano sitting off in the background. Including the use of stylised wooden carvings leaves the inspiration of this pokie pretty obvious, though there isn't really much more to say!
Other Features and Bonuses
Before we get started into the symbols lets take a better look at how the cluster system works. In this feature paylines are avoided in favour of linked adjacent symbols. With the cluster system identical symbols need to be linked either horizontally or vertically. Provided there are a minimum of 9 of these symbols after a spin the player gets a payout.
The substitution symbol in Aloha Cluster comes in the form of a brown crate with a white question-mark printed on the face. When this appears it will transform into the adjacent symbol which creates the highest possible winning combination in a cluster. This can appear anywhere on the reels. It cannot substitute for the free spin symbols.
The sticky wins feature can activate randomly when a cluster win is, well, won. During a sticky win re-spin the winning symbols are all held in place, whereas all the other symbols are then spun. When this feature is running it will continue until the further spins generate no additional wins.
The free spins symbol in this game comes in the form of colourful pink, purple and orange free spin tickets or stamps. Gaining three or more of these on a single spin will generate free spins in both the main game and within the free spin game itself.
In the main game:
- 3 of these give 9 free spins when gathered
- 4 of these give 10 free spins when gathered
- 5 of these give 11 free spins when gathered
- 6 of these give 12 free spins when gathered
When within the free spins game:
- 3 of these give 1 additional spin when gathered
- 4 of these give 2 additional spins when gathered
- 5 of these give 3 additional spins when gathered
- 6 of these give 4 additional spins when gathered
This game also includes three stacked symbols. These large symbols count as two symbols, whereas the small symbols only count as one. These can only appear when in sticky win re-spins.
The free spin game in Aloha Cluster is accessed when the player has gathered a minimum of 3 free spin symbols in one spin.
This free spin game also gives the player access to the symbol drop mechanic. With this mechanic low win symbols are removed, which increases the chances of producing a bigger win.
If there are no wins on the last free spin the player will gain an extra free spin until a win occurs.
How to Play:
Basic play for Aloha Cluster is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
If you like the islands, if you like the sun and the beach then this game should appeal to you. All of the graphics within this game a well suited to the theme, and are designed by some obviously talented artists. This extends to the symbols and animations, all of which are fantastically well done. While there are many pokies which use the beach as a focus for a theme there are very few which do as well as Aloha Cluster does. If you had access to a pokie in a Hawaiian resort this is no doubt the type of look they would go for to draw in foreign interest. Not strictly accurate, but lovely to look at. The theme music and the gentle noise of the waves also adds a lot.
In terms of usability Aloha Cluster covers a few of the key bases. Everything here runs well, responds quickly, and the game itself appears very reliable. What is a little bit disappointing is the lack of graphical options. This lack means that players on older or less powerful hardware might have issues getting in on the action.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Aloha Cluster there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
Not the most imaginative when it comes to theme, but still a fantastic game. Graphics, animation and sounds all combine to make lovely pokie to both look at and play. You don't have to be a fan of the islands or theme to enjoy this game, and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone in search of something new. While the bonus structures might not hold your attention for too long you'll probably enjoy the time you do spend.
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