Intro: Game Theme
Aloha! Cluster Pays was released in 2016 by NetEnt, sporting an unconventional payout system. This is a light-hearted game which embraces all the pleasures of the summer, taking you on a trip to Hawaii where you will learn the meaning of the Aloha Spirit – it’s all about friendship and compassion. The Tiki culture is very much alive in Hawaiian traditions; on the islands, wooden or stone carvings in humanoid form represent deified ancestors, so they are treated with care and have both religious and emotional value.
In Aloha! Cluster Pays, you will spend some time with tiki totems and enjoy warm sunsets under a volcano. If you own a colourful Hawaiian shirt, this is the right time to put it on and fix yourself a nice cocktail before you hit the Spin button.
- RTP: 96.42%
- Betting Range: £0.20 – £200
- Max Win: 100,000 coins
- Similar Slots: Legend of Shangri-La, Totems Wild, Tiki Fruits
How it Works
Entering the world of Aloha! Cluster Pays puts you in front of a 6×5 reel grid with an unusual mechanic. Instead of paying according to predetermined paylines, the game allows you to form winning combinations by matching symbols in clusters. A symbol becomes part of a cluster if it is horizontally or vertically adjacent to the same symbol. It takes 9 symbols at the least to form a cluster and deliver a win. Players can choose from 1 to 10 bet levels and set the coin value between 0.01 and 2. With Max Bet, the stakes go up to the max instantly, and Autoplay enables automatic spins.
We’re pleased to see all the symbols to be theme-related. Images of flowers, shells, coconuts, pineapples and tiki statues fit the theme perfectly. These pay from 2,000x to 10,000x the stake from a cluster of 30 matching symbols. In other words, you need to fill the screen with identical icons to receive such a win. The good thing is you can start winning with 9 symbols next to each other and then hope to increase the number of icons in the cluster with each following spin. The question mark is the substitution symbol, replacing every icon except for the Free Spins symbol, which is represented by a postmark from Hawaii.
Randomly, after a winning cluster, the Sticky Win Respins feature may activate. All winning symbols remain locked in their positions, while other positions and reels go through a free spin. The re-spins will continue as long as new icons increase the cluster. During Sticky Win Respins, the symbols of tiki statues can expand and occupy 2 positions instead of one.
If you land 3 or more Free Spins Scatters, expect to receive from 9 to 12 freebies. The round can be expanded in the following way – if you collect 3 more Scatters during free spins, you will receive 1 more free play. Four Scatters bring 2 new free spins, five add 3, and 6 Scatters add 4 free spins more. The round holds the potential to deliver up to 60 free spins at once.
There are no more bonus rounds in Aloha! Cluster Pays. This is not a progressive jackpot slot, or one that is packed with multipliers and other modifiers. Cluster Pays, Free Spins, Sticky Wins, expanding symbols and Wilds substitutions are quite enough to keep you busy and satisfied.
A Hawaii vacation is everyone’s dream. Palm trees, flowers everywhere, fruit, dancing on the beach, cocktails and the magic in the air. The notion is so exotic and attractive, irresistible. However, not many people can afford a trip to Hawaii. So, NetEnt proposes you relax at home with a refreshing beverage and load Aloha! Cluster Pays for an authentic Hawaiian experience. Surrounded by generous tiki statues, you can enjoy the engaging mechanic of this unconventional video slot game, as well as its rewards.
The RTP is well-over 96% and there are numerous opportunities to win, especially through the Sticky Win feature. The volatility in Aloha! Cluster Pays is low, so you’ll have a high win frequency but you’ll need endurance for those wins to accumulate. By no means is this a perfect game, but it is one of the most popular titles at NetEnt-powered online casinos. Who can say no to the grinning Moai?