Intro: Game Theme
In space, no one can hear you spin. Human curiosity has constantly kept us looking up at the stars, wondering what we can find there. While we may not get the answer any time soon, we can still admire the lovely view offered by the cosmos. That is what Blueprint has done in their 2019 slot, called Opal Fruits. Those who venture forth will find plenty to admire. From the graphics, down to the engaging gameplay and a shot at a thrilling top prize!
We have to admit, we did not expect such simple visuals to charm us as they have. The reels are floating in open space, surrounded by a bubble of energy. The bubble’s outer edges change colours over time, adding to the game’s colourful nature. Behind the reels, you can see the shine of a distant galaxy. Clusters of stars clumped together, slowly revolving around the centre of the screen. It makes for a gorgeous-looking release. Especially when you factor in all the fluid animations or the change in background image during free spins.
- RTP: 96,75%
- Betting Range: £0.10 – £20.00
- Max Win: £732,000
- Similar Slots: Royal Mint Megaways, Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst
How it Works
You play Opal Fruits on a six-reel board with 5625 ways to win. There is no way to turn individual paylines on or off. As such, the only way to change your total bet is to adjust the betting stake. Wins are formed by collecting three or more identical symbols next to one another. All winning combinations must start with the leftmost reel and have to follow an active way to win. If all of these conditions are met, then you will receive the cash prize. Like in previous slots, the control panel is small and easy to use. You can use it change your stake, set up Auto Play, look at the paytable and options, and to spin the reels. Players can wager between £0.10 and £20 on each spin.
Icon designs are a mixture of playing card royals and fruit symbols. Given the game’s title, we did not expect anything else. Still, we would have liked to see some more space-themed icons! Similar to Starburst, the symbols have little to do with the background image. Beyond the fact that some of the fruits look a little otherworldly. Maybe we are just overthinking it, but the pear and plum icons look like an alien tried to make Earth fruit. A spinning, multi-coloured ball is a Wild while a yellow tile with a glowing symbol edge is the Scatter.
Two extra reels exist at the top and bottom part of the playing field. Each contains four icons, and serve as extensions of reels two, three, four and five. They are what allows this release to reach the 5625 ways to win.
Each win activates a cascading reels reaction. Winning symbols disappear from the board while existing icons fall down to take their place. Meanwhile, brand new symbols appear at the top, filling in any empty spots. Thanks to cascading reels, punters can score several consecutive wins at the cost of a single spin.
Wilds have a chance to appear with a 3x multiplier attached. In case multiple 3x Wilds appear, their multipliers interact in different ways. If the multiplier Wilds are on the same column, they are added together. If they are on separate columns, the two multipliers multiply each other. 3x Wilds only appear during normal gameplay.
Get four Scatters that spell out FREE to win ten free spins. During the bonus, an unlimited win multiplier is active. It starts at 1x, and increases by one with every reaction. Getting an extra Scatter starts the multiplier at 5x. Any additional Scatter on top of that increases the win multiplier by 10x. Every time the multiplier reaches a multiple of 10 (10, 20, 30…), it grants an additional five free spins.
Opal Fruits is a fantastic slot in every sense of the word. The icon designs, background and animations are all top-notch, ensuring the game is a feast for the eyes. That said, gameplay and special features do not lag behind for a moment! The extra reels and reactions go a long way in making wins more frequent. Not that you should expect them to hit that often. This Big Time Gaming release has a medium-high volatility, an RTP of 96.75% and a 36,600x top prize. Put all these elements together into one slot, and you have an experience we will not soon forget!