Can't afford a vacation this summer? Not a problem if you're able to find a casino offering Aloha! Take a trip to Hawaii with this slot that's fit to burst with Tiki style and extra features.
A huge range of coin and bet sizes means that Aloha is suitable for everyone from penny gamblers to high rollers looking for a way to pass the time before their private jet takes off.
Aloha can be a little bit on the volatile side (more on that below), but its large jackpot and interesting playing style will more than make up for that in the eyes of many players. It may not be the most well-known NetEnt slot but Aloha is one of the nicest looking slots we've ever encountered, and it's definitely one that's worth taking for a spin.
Thanks to its beautiful Hawaiian theme complete with a relaxing ukelele soundtrack, island sounds and a friendly living Tiki head, Aloha is an absolute joy to look at. And a huge $200,000 jackpot means that the game has much more to offer than just its good looks.
It also boasts an interesting gameplay mechanic that's very out of the ordinary, using cluster wins in place of left to right paylines and has an unusually large jackpot to play for. Aloha definitely does enough to make itself stand out from the crowd!
With 6 reels and 5 rows Aloha looks very different from most other slots on the market, and not just because of its attractive 3D stylings. Reel icons feature coconuts, pineapples fruits and distinctive Tiki masks, and they all look great – Aloha is like a postcard that's been brought to life.
But it's not all about looks – the slot's gameplay makes for a wonderful change from the norm. In place of the usual left to right win mechanic, the game pays out when you land a cluster of 9 or more of the same symbol.
We've seen several games that pay out from right to left as well as left to right but this offers yet another twist on the traditional slot mechanic, so Aloha is a great title to try if you're finding other slots on the market a bit samey.
The game can feel a bit on the volatile side – it's not unusual to go for several spins without a single win, but since even "lower value" reel symbols often bring in wins worth double or more than your original bet, players can usually recoup these losses even during standard play.
Aloha does have a dedicated bonus round that we'll talk more about below, but first we want to look at a couple of the in-game bonus features. We've already mentioned cluster wins further up this page, but we didn't mention that cluster wins also randomly trigger Sticky Win Re-spins.
These offer the chance to rack up even more wins without the need to place any more bets – any feature that gets players more value for their money is a good one in our book – and are always a very welcome sight, although you might find yourself wishing that they pop up a little more regularly!
The bonus round itself is triggered by three or more free spin stamps, with 9 free spins at a minimum and a maximum of 12 available should you manage to land 6 free spin symbols. Believe us when we tell you that doing so is not an easy task... 9 free spins with no multiplier might not sound particularly impressive, but there are a couple of extra helping hands available to players.
Free spins in Aloha are accompanied by a Symbol Drop mechanic, which removes lower value reel symbols to improve players' chances of winning big on the following spins. If players don't get a win on their last free spin, the reels will re-spin until they do.
Free spins are always a welcome thing to slots players, but we've actually found that it's more than possible to rack up huge wins worth tens of thousands of coins with a lucky Sticky Wins re-spin during standard play. Plus, it can take a long time for a bonus round to trigger so you probably don't want to rely too much on seeing one.
Aloha's 100,000 coin jackpot is already among NetEnt's best, and that's before you take into account the fact that the game's maximum coin value is 2.00. Aloha therefore has a hefty jackpot of $200,000.
It's true that there are progressive jackpots out there that are larger than this but, if you don't want to take the risk of winning a progressive jackpot before it's had a chance to build up to its most impressive levels, this is a really large grand prize for a non-progressive title.
With beautiful visuals and pleasant sounds, Aloha is genuinely fun to play. It might not be exactly like taking a trip to Hawaii, but it can certainly take the edge off on a rainy day! Plus if you land that big jackpot, close to a quarter of a million dollars, you'll be able to afford a real trip to the islands...
The bonus round is great too, though you should be prepared to spend plenty of time and money on the game before you get a chance to see it. Fortunately, the chance to rack up big wins (thanks in particular to the Sticky Wins re-spin feature) during standard play lessens the sting of this.
Aloha is fairly high variance, but if you're willing to take on the risk then you stand to be handsomely rewarded should Lady Luck be with you.