Fruit Shop may borrow the visual style of retro fruit machines, but it certainly doesn't play like one. With a bonus feature unlike anything we've ever seen and a very healthy jackpot, it's a deceptively simple game that's earned itself a dedicated following.
Maybe that's thanks to the game's jackpot, or maybe it's thanks to its bright and simple appearance, but the result is that you'll be able to find it in almost any NetEnt powered online casino. And we think this is one fruit shop that you definitely need to visit.
Fruit Shop is a deceptively simple 5-reel slot with traditional visuals but a very different twist on the standard bonus round. It doesn't have many paylines, but does offer a 2x multiplier whenever a wild is involved in a win.
The game's 100,000 coin jackpot is definitely one that will catch the attention of jackpot seekers, and the possibility of lots of regular and/or successive free spins will undoubtedly appeal to players no matter what the size of their bankroll.
With its colorful theme, featuring fruits like oranges, lemons, cherries (fun fact: these are usually one of the lowest value reel symbols in most games but they're the highest here, so you'll need to learn to root for the humble cherry) and watermelons, Fruit Shop has a fun appearance that's almost a little on the juvenile side.
The game's visual style actually reminds us a lot of the Fruit Ninja mobile game, which is no bad thing. The fast pace of the action is also reminiscent of Fruit Ninja, but there's no slicing to be done here. Oh, and one more difference – you actually have a chance of winning some real money in this one!
It's got a nice range of bet and coin sizes but, with only 15 paylines, the game can feel a bit primitive – you may well encounter some results that look like wins, but turn out not to be. Maybe we've just been spoilt by all of these games with 50+ paylines or hundreds of ways to win!
The game is a very easy one to jump right into and it doesn't feel particularly volatile during standard play. However, one problem with the game is that, without a dedicated bonus round, it's a little too easy to burn through your bankroll without the promise of 15 or so free spins to build it back up.
Fruit Shop doesn't have a dedicated bonus round in the usual sense of the word. Instead, players are awarded between 1 and 5 free spins with a 2x multiplier when they line up wins involving two or more fruits.
Win with fruits during your free spins and you can add even more free spins to your arsenal. And it's not like this is something that happens very rarely; you can re-trigger extra free spins several times in a single session.
This is definitely an interesting way of doing things, and there are lots of good things to say about Fruit Shop's mechanics – for example, there's no temptation to hang around for hours and hours, pouring money into the game, in the hope that you'll trigger a bonus round.
But there is a big problem with the system, and this is that it's very volatile. You could, theoretically, line up 15 or more free spins with a multiplier but it's just as likely that you'll trigger 3 free spins and see them pass without even a single win.
It's also worth noting that wilds come with a 2x multiplier, even during standard play. We can't help but wonder if the game might be even more enticing if it ditched the wild multiplier and instead brought in a 3x or even 4x multiplier during free spins.
At 100,000 coins, Fruit Shop's bonus is surprisingly big. We only say surprisingly because the game is simple in so many other respects – its visuals are very conventional and it doesn't even have any background music except for when free spins kick in.
Since the maximum coin value is 1.00, there's a seriously impressive jackpot worth tens of thousands of dollars up for grabs every time you play. For a non-progressive jackpot, this is a serious jackpot and will inevitably attract players who never dreamed in a million years that they'd be spending time on a glorified fruit machine!
Fruit Shop is definitely worth a try for a couple of different reasons. First up, it's got a jackpot that's at the top end of NetEnt's titles. Second, the way it grants players free spins is a refreshing change from the norm. If you've been playing slots for a long time, an element of change is often very welcome.
However, as we've already mentioned above, you really do need to be very lucky to get the most out of Fruit Shop. Of course, that's true of most slots titles to some extent, but it's even more true here: in an average free spins bonus round you'll find in other games you're more or less sure to win SOMETHING even if it's not the main jackpot, but you can easily end up coming away from Fruit Shop's miniature bonus rounds without winning a thing.
The game may seem like a great one to jump in and take a few spins when you have a bit of time to kill, but it's actually one that you may need to play for a while to average out the bad luck and land some big wins. But, with all of that said, it's a fun game that we think the majority of players will really enjoy playing.