Rujak Bonanza: Slot Overview
First thing's first, da fudge is a rujak? Thanks to the magic of the Internet, it didn't take long to learn that rujak (or rojak as it is also known) is a salad dish found in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, made from a mix of sliced fruit and vegetables with a spicy palm sugar dressing. Thank you, Wikipedia, for that information. Rujak Bonanza from developer Pragmatic Play, then, is an online slot which is part fruit, part vegetable and, at a guess, is aimed at the Indonesian gambling market. Or, anyone intrigued by what a rujak might be. It may also suit players who are looking for a new way to experience Sweet Bonanza since Rujak Bonanza is basically a reskin.
A charming urban location is the setting for Rujak Bonanza, a far cry from the candy dreamscape on show in Sweet Bonanza. The majority of the view is taken up by a 6-reel, 5-row game grid, though buildings, trees, and baskets of produce poke out from around the edges. Emotionally, Rujak Bonanza produced waves of calm goodness when the reels were stationary, but excitement levels may perk up when they start spinning and winning symbols start getting sliced off the grid Fruit Ninja style.
Like Sweet Bonanza, Rujak Bonanza is a medium-high volatile online slot with an RTP range of 96.49% to 96.6%. It's not explicitly stated which value applies to which approach taken, but players can either wager 20 c to $/€100 per spin, activate the ante bet, or buy the bonus round. The ante bet doubles the chance of triggering the feature when activated, increasing the stake by 25% as a result. Buying free spins costs 100x the bet.
Sweet Bonanza was one of the earlier scatter-paying online slots, a gaming mechanic which has really blossomed in the following years. How it works in Rujak Bonanza is that when at least 8 identical pay symbols are in view, in any position on the grid, a win is created, and players get some dough. How much they get depends on the symbol type and size of the cluster. For example, landing 8-9 identical food item pay symbols is worth 0.25 to 10 times the bet, while a 12+ scatter win is worth 2 to 50 times the bet. Apologies for not listing the symbols, but some were tough to identify, though there are 9 different kinds in total. Zero wild symbols, though.
Rujak Bonanza: Slot Features
Rujak Bonanza's free spins round is where multiplier symbols are introduced to liven things up. Till then, the tumble feature is what gives the base game some variety (it is available in free spins as well, though). The tumble feature removes winning symbols from the grid when they form a scatter win, and symbols fall in from above to plug the gaps. Chains of tumble wins end when no new scatter win appears in view.
Hitting 4, 5, or 6 scatter symbols awards 3x, 5x, or 100x the bet, plus 10 free spins. During the round, should 3 or more scatter symbols hit, then players get a further +5 free spins. While free spins are active, multiplier symbols may land on the reels. Multiplier symbols stay on the screen until the end of a tumble sequence. When a multiplier symbol hits, it does so with a value of x2 to x100. Then, when the tumbling sequence ends, the values of all multiplier symbols in view are added together and applied to the total win of the sequence.
Rujak Bonanza: Slot Verdict
At a guess, one would presume Rujak Bonanza has been designed, or should that be recycled, for the lucrative Indonesian gambling market. Clues include the Indonesian spelling of the word rujak (rojak is the Malaysian spelling) and the way online gambling appears to be illegal in Singapore so that country is off the list of contenders. So, should Indonesian gamblers be thrilled at the prospect? Eh, why not? Sweet Bonanza has very likely had a hand in encouraging the proliferation of scatter win slots in general and is still capable of entertaining players smitten by the mechanic to this day.
And so, by extension, Rujak Bonanza is just as capable of knocking out a thrill or two. The stats are more or less the same, the rules unchanged, and the combination of scatter wins, tumbles, and, of course, additive multiplier symbol values is as potent now as it was when Sweet Bonanza first rolled off the line. The advertised max win potential is no different either, though at 21,100x the bet, some may still be questioning the chance or reality of that ever actually happening given there is no evidence of that at this point in time. Ah well, it's something to aim for, or at least dream about, when crossing your fingers as the scatter win augmented by multiplier symbol action unfolds.
Obviously, there's nothing new here beneath the skin for SW veterans to try out, but players in Rujak Bonanza's target audience certainly don't get a second-rate copy and may well appreciate the attention Pragmatic Play's has lavished on them. Sweet Bonanza might have been squeezed aside in later times by slots like Gates of Olympus and the many subsequent related releases, but its spirit lives on in Rujak Bonanza, a game that offers all of the technical entertainment of the original with a new regional slant.
Rujak Bonanza boils down to a Sweet Bonanza redo with fruit and veg rather than candy.