This Christmas, world renowned slot developers NetEnt have decided to give an older slot of theirs a Christmas makeover, and the results might surprise you. This is because they chose one of their least Christmas-themed slot games to give a makeover to, the Hawaiian-themed Aloha Cluster Pays™. The original was a hit, so what exactly can you expect from the Aloha! Christmas™ slot? Well, keep on reading and all shall be revealed.
This time around, we are introduced to a new section of the island. That menacing volcano from the original is nowhere in sight and has been replaced by some clapboard buildings, one of which is a bar with an array of delicious beverages. To the right of the 6x6 reels, you will find a huge smiling statue with a Santa Clause hat on his head - just to remind you that this is a Christmas slot. There is a groovy tune playing in the background, which helps add to the atmosphere.
"You will find a huge smiling statue with a Santa Clause hat on his head - just to remind you that this is a Christmas slot"
This slot game can be played on any device, with the lowest stake per spin that you can make being $0.10 and the highest stake per spin standing at $200. The RTP of this slot stands at 96%, which is actually a 0.42% decrease from the original. You would have thought that they would have increased the RTP since this is supposed to be a Christmas themed slot, but that is not the case.
However, the cluster pays system remains, which you will be happy to hear. This means that if you manage to land 9 symbols touching each other horizontally or vertically then a winning cluster is formed. The symbols in this slot game are the same too, with there being coconuts, clamshells, flowers, pineapples, blue, red, and green masks, and a starfish with a Christmas hat on.
It is when you at bonus features available that the similarities between the two slots start to widen. This is what we shall take a look at right now.
The Mystery Symbols in this slot have been given a boost - they can appear at random in the base and bonus game and can land in any position. When you land them, they will transform into the same matching symbols, to improve your chances of winning. The different in this slot is that the Mystery Symbols can transform into a multiplier wild that can act as a substitute for every symbol apart from the starfish and scatters. During the main game, you can get multipliers of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7.
If you land a cluster win during the base game, then a Sticky Win Respin can be activated. When this happens, the winning cluster as well as any other matching symbols remain on the reels while a respin occurs. The reels will be respun until no other matching symbols land. When the Sticky Respins feature finishes, a multiplier of up to 7x will be applied.
If you manage to land at least three of the scatter symbols anywhere on the reels then you will be treated to a free spins feature. You will have a choice of two free spins options. The first option is the Tiki Bar, and you will be given 10 free spins with 2x, 3x, or 4x wild multipliers. The second option is Tiki Bar MAX, which gives you 6 free spins and 4x, 5x, or 7x wild multipliers. The second option has a higher volatility, meaning that it is harder to win, but the cash prizes will be higher. For every three starfish symbols that you land during the free spins, you will receive 2 extra free spins and one of the lower value symbols will be removed from the reels.
Calling this slot game a Christmas-themed one is probably a bit of a stretch. Apart from the Santa hat and some presents stacked up on the sand, it is not exactly bursting with Christmas cheer. However, this is probably how Christmas is in this part of the world. Despite this, Aloha! Christmas™ is a fun game to play and the alterations have, in our opinion, made it much better than the original. You will be thoroughly entertained by the bonus features on offer and could have yourself a merry little Christmas if you win 200x your stake.