Opal Fruits slots is a six reel, 5,625 payline slot brought to you by developers Big Time Gaming. The high-value symbols are comprised of classic fruit icons, including grapes, watermelons, blueberries and pears. The playing cards 10-A make up the symbols on the lower end of the value spectrum. There are two wilds in the game, one of which can provide a 3x multiplier, and a scatter which is used to trigger the free spins round.
Now, even if you’ve never played a Big Time Gaming slot in your life, you may have seen their development prowess in other games you’ve played, specifically if you have tried one of the popular Megaways slots. This is a system created by the developer that makes a different number of paylines and symbols appear on every spin. Many titles from other developers have been ported onto this software, and it has proved an immense success amongst the gaming audience. They have moved away from this in Opal Fruits, but that doesn't mean they've opted for typical reels. Instead, they've made an entirely new mechanic known as the Triple Reaction which will add two extra reels above and below the usual set-up. We'll look at that in a moment, but first, let's see what the visuals and paytable have to offer.
Visuals and Layout
If we were to compare Opal Fruits with any game, it would be NetEnt’s smash hit Starburst, as the visual design is very reminiscent of the intergalactic display of that game. The backdrop of the reels is shown as a distant star system, with dominant shades of purple and pink prevalent throughout. Lights pass by the reels sometimes in a manner not unlike the effects used for warping in Star Trek, which makes it seem like you are soaring through space. Outside of that, the animations are well constructed and there are no graphical errors to speak of.
There are two different types of the wild, the first of which will appear in both the base game and the free spins round, substituting for symbols to form a new winning combination. The other one is exclusively available in the base game and will apply a 3x multiplier to any wins you land. Additionally, if you land more than one of these on multiple reels, they will multiply each other which could land you a total of 1,296x your stake.
While Opal Fruits doesn’t use Big Time Gaming’s popular Megaways mechanic, it does take a few of the features from it. The clearest case of this is in the Collapsing Reels bonus, which has become quite popular in recent years. Essentially, this system allows you to continue generating new wins right after you have landed a successful combination. This is done by removing any symbols involved in the original win and replacing them with new ones.
Free Spins Round
This bonus will trigger when you land the letter symbols ‘F’, ‘R’, ‘E’ and ‘E’ for which you will receive ten free spins. A 1x multiplier will be attached for the duration of these spins, which can be increased each time a collapsing reel reaction occurs. That's not all though as, when you obtain a multiplier value that is a multiple of ten, an extra five spins will be granted. Finally, if an extra scatter is landed when the triggering requirements for this bonus are met, another 5x will be added instead of the spins, and any further scatters you land will add 10x to your multiplier. While you obviously need to be quite fortunate to get to that point, it goes to show just how high the multipliers can potentially get.
Play it at Kerching
Opal Fruits is a fine effort from Big Time Gaming, one that showcases the best of their innovative qualities. The reel layout is something we haven’t seen before and a nice switch up from the Megaways system that has garnered so much praise for the developer. The benefits of a collapsing reels mechanic contribute hugely to the enjoyment of this game and, when you add the complex free spins round to the mix, you end up with a slot that can potentially award the big bucks.
If you fancy having a crack at this retro-inspired, galactic adventure, you can play it here at Kerching. However, for those amongst you who aren’t space crazy, there are plenty more options available. If you like shiny things, but don’t want to take a trip to the stars, visit the sparkly cats of Kitty Glitter. Or, if you want to stick with the historical theme, give the iconic Cleopatra a go. Remember to check our promotions page to see the latest welcome offer, plus any more specials we may have.
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