Frutz: Slot Overview
Frutz is another addition to Hacksaw Gaming's Pocketz Series, a range of games designed specifically with mobile players in mind. Pocketz Series games tend to be quite minimalist, a bit low energy, a little 'Zen and the art of slots gaming' in many ways. This assessment doesn't always apply to their gameplay which can be as frustrating or rewarding as any highly volatile slot. All of what we just said applies to Frutz, a deceptively lethal wee game that encapsulates exactly what the Pocketz Series is all about.
Frutz is played on a 5x5 sized grid, using a cluster pays mechanism to pull together wins. On a mobile device, all you can see is the game grid, the UI, and the game's logo, which is important as this is where current multiplier values are displayed. Additional visual stimulation is provided on a tablet or desktop where a background depicting a forest scene made up of trees, ferns, and butterflies is shown. It's all very Hacksaw. They've taken fruit and done something a bit different, a bit unique with it using a paper mache technique. When symbols drop, they make a pleasant popping sound, and the game's overall impression is one of gentle relaxation.
The game's ride is far from relaxing though as high volatility (rated 4 out of 5) sees to that. Wins hit around once every four spins (26.71%), but smaller cluster values are low and rely heavily on multipliers to juice them up. RTP values are dependent on whether you let the bonus game trigger naturally or buy the feature outright. The lowest it can be is 96.37%, while the highest is 96.79%, so no concerns about return values in all cases.
To get your hands on some coins, you'll need 5 or more matching symbols to land adjacent to each other, vertically or horizontally. Unsurprisingly given the name, half of the paytable is made up of fruit which is used as the higher value symbols where we find pears, plums, oranges, lemons, and apples. The most profitable clusters include 11 or more matching symbols and are worth 50 to 100 times the total stake. Lesser value symbols are the 10-A royals, all of which are worth 20x the bet for an 11+ sized cluster. There is also a wild tile, landing anywhere to help complete clusters.
Frutz: Slot Features
For a grid slot, there aren't a whole lot of features to cover. Along with free spins, the main benefactors are cascades and multipliers, which are awarded by three different multiplier symbols. Cascades trigger after every winning cluster hits, removing the symbols so others can drop into the gaps. Cascades continue to function, causing repeat payouts until no new winning clusters appear.
In the base game, if multiplier symbols land at the same time as a cluster win, they reveal a value that is stored in the 'U' letter of the logo. When more than one multiplier lands in a cascade sequence, their values are continually added to the counter. After every win, the winning amount is boasted by whatever has been collected. Light blue symbols reveal multipliers of x1 to x5, dark blue could be x10 to x20, while striped symbols reveal x25 to x100. At the start of each base game spin, the multiplier is reset to 1.
One way of triggering the free spins round is when 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols land to award 8, 10, or 12 free spins. In free spins, whenever multiplier symbols land, their value is added to the counter – they do not need to land at the same time as a winning cluster. Also, the win multiplier does not reset between free spins. The odds of triggering free spins naturally is 1 in 210.
The other way of activating the bonus round is by buying it. Shelling out 93x, 142x, or 200x the total bet gets your 8, 10, or 12 free spins, respectively.
Frutz: Slot Verdict
For a cluster paying grid slot, Frutz is a lot lower key than others tend to be. There's no symbol collection leading to modifiers or free spins while bamboozling players with swirling graphical or flashy effects. The most exciting element is the funky soundtrack, and to be honest, the game was more enjoyable when the music was muted. There's nothing bad as such about it, Hacksaw has a talented audio team, but it just seemed to offset the calming effect of the visuals. Like a fly at a picnic, it often unbalanced the atmosphere.
Like most of what Hacksaw Gaming does, Frutz is not your typical grid slot. It doesn't bombard you with features to get where it needs to go; instead, it quietly goes about its business. As a result, the base game can be uneventful for much of the time since smaller clusters aren't worth a heck of a lot. Occasionally a larger multiplier will drop to jolt you out of the slumber, but the game only really wakes up once free spins are in motion.
Since Frutz doesn't bend over backwards trying to overwhelm you with theatrics, it might be a surprise to learn wins as high as 10,000 times the bet are possible. Then again, perhaps not, because sizeable multipliers can accrue during free spins (the highest reached in testing was around 70x), which dramatically boosts cluster values. If you've been following what Hacksaw Gaming has been doing, you'll know slots like Chaos Crew have tapped their full 10kpotential, so there is no reason to suspect Frutz can't do so either.
If you're after a mellow grid slot experience that packs big wins, then Frutz is worth considering. It might not charge meters or throw modifiers at you like confetti when clusters are piling up, but incrementing multipliers can send shockwaves when they fire off a notable hit.
Frutz is a pretty and pleasant offering from Hacksaw, though it doesn’t make a lasting impression.