Super Hot Fruits Megaways: Slot Overview
If two things pique developer Inspired's interest, it's all things old school and Megaways. It stands to reason then the studio mashes the two forms together to create a specific style of entertainment. Fruit themed Megaways games aren't exactly unique, with several studios filling the void. However, Inspired's Super Hot Fruits Megaways does have a twist or two to give it a measure of originality. Taken on their own, the individual parts aren't new, yet when brought together, they may well entertain players keen on this particular brand of amusement.
In keeping with the retro spirit, Super Hot Fruits Megaways is a very plain slot to look at. It might be powered by Megaways, but Inspired has set the game up with just 5 reels, holding 2-7 symbols each. When symbols fill the grid, up to 16,807 ways to win are available during base game play. Some sort of pulsating red blob makes up the rest of the view, part galactic explosion, part spilt tin of paint. While the base game is devoid of sound unless the reels are spinning, the Hot Spins bonus section gets a 90s era dance track to accompany the action.
Stats are not Super Hot Fruits Megaways' strong suit. The main concern is a base game RTP value of just 94%, which is dismal compared to most of the competition, while its math model will suit players who like a bit of highly volatile gaming to go with their fruit. The fruit-filled show is available on all device types, allowing bets from 20 p/c to £/€100 to be set.
One of Super Hot Fruits Megaways' positive selling points is its Adjacent Pays system. This creates winning combinations of three or more matching symbols anywhere on the grid. It neither matters what row winning symbols land in or what reel they start from. What's good is it keeps your hopes alive throughout a spin and is probably the most engaging thing about the game. The symbols themselves don't provoke much excitement, most being low-grade images from the dawn of online slots. From low to high are cherries, oranges, lemons, grapes, plums, watermelons, bells, blue sevens, red 7s, and crowns. The crown is worth the most at 32x the bet for five of a kind, petering off to 1.5 - 2.5 times the stake for the two bells.
Super Hot Fruits Megaways: Slot Features
Features are light in Super Hot Fruits Megaways, too, with nothing special enhancing the base game. However, after every main game win worth 4x the stake or greater, you have the option of playing the Hot Spins feature.
Hot Spins are played across 4 individual reel sets, costing 4x the base bet per spin. At this level, there can be anywhere up to 67,228 ways to win in play. If Hot Spins don't thrill, then players can collect their winnings and return to the base game. Hot Spins can only be played using the initial win amount, not your main account balance. Next to the grid is a meter showing how many Hot Spins may be played from the remainder available of the win total. Once the prize amount drops below 4x the base bet, players are sent back to the main game.
The benefit of Hot Spins is a significant increase in RTP to a whopping 100%. Not only that, wild symbols may now appear on the middle reel. Also, if a stack of wilds fills a whole reel during Hot Spins, it is transferred to all remaining reels for the spin. On a technical note, Hot Spins cannot be disabled like extra gamble features often can.
Super Hot Fruits Megaways: Slot Verdict
There's a chance players in Inspired's target group will enjoy what Super Hot Fruits Megaways has to offer. Provided they don't consider Megaways itself a modern upstart tarnishing the good name of slots. This is a company that flogs a couple of Reel King games (including a Megaways version) and a stack of fruity, Vegas-style slots, amongst others. If you get off on those, then Super Hot Fruits Megaways is worth a quick look as it does things a little bit differently.
It starts with the Adjacent Pays system, used in regular spins and Hot Spins, which is rare for Megaways. It actually made a pleasant surprise as we hadn't read the paytable before diving in to see what Super Hot Fruits Megaways could do. Even if the first two reels don't connect anything, an element of tension remains as something could still possibly hit. It also helps make up for the fact Super Hot Fruits Megaways uses a much reduced Megaways grid than normal, lopping off ways to win and reels. Doing so helps the game stay close to its fruit slot origins, compared to other Megaways releases using the same theme.
Potential is questionable since a win cap of £250,000 equates to 2,500 times the stake for the highest of rollers. Also, the Hot Spins feature itself lost its appeal fairly quickly. Some may cherish the idea of spinning four reel sets at once, but the only benefit of doing so is unlocking wild symbols in the hopes of triggering wild stacks. Wild stacks certainly play well with Adjacent Pays, yet they were a rare occurrence indeed, at least they were during testing.
Inspired's advocates or players who have tried every other fruit slot on the market will probably be able to appreciate what the studio has done here - provided they can live with the low base game RTP. For others, well, let's just put it this way - Inspired isn't exactly aiming outside the Reel King segment of its customer base with Super Hot Fruits Megaways, so don't expect much.
Super Hot Fruits Megaways brings a couple of twists to the table, but ultimately shallow gameplay dilute the appeal.