We all have times when we wish we could play a different kind of slot game. Well, maybe we all wished at the same time, because NetEnt has released Aloha Cluster Pays – a striking new slot game with zero paylines in action. It may not sound too impressive, but keep reading – you’re in for a real treat here. There’s simply nothing else like it.

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Aloha Cluster Pays Introduction

The NetEnt Aloha Cluster Pays slot is a 6 x 5 slot game that has no paylines. Instead, it grants payouts when you achieve nine or more matching symbols in a cluster. Abandoning paylines may not sound like a smart idea, but give it a try in demo mode – you’ll soon realise this game is a winner. NetEnt has peppered the Aloha Cluster Pays slot game with a number of other features too, as you’ll see below.

Graphics and Playability

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Let’s get one thing straight – the game looks superb, regardless of whether you’re playing it on your desktop or a mobile device. you’ll see a variety of Tiki symbols of various colours, and these take up two vertical spaces on the reels. They’ve added an erupting volcano in the background, not to mention a happy Tiki on the right of the reels and an exotic backdrop to play against.

They’ve also added an autoplay feature, and you can choose your coin values by using the left and right buttons given. There are also 10 bet levels to choose from, enabling you to increase the bet to a comfortable level.

Symbols and Payout Table

You don’t get payouts for payline wins; instead, the game works on Cluster Pays, hence the name of the game. These are blocks of identical symbols in a cluster, adding up to nine or more. The game also features a substitution symbol, Sticky Win re-spins and free spins symbols.

Aside from the special double-sized Tiki symbols, you will also see a pineapple, a coconut shell, a regular shell and an exotic flower. Different payouts are granted depending on how many symbols form the cluster. This could be anything from nine to 30 symbols.

Aloha Cluster Pays Slot Features

This slot features Sticky Win re-spins. These can be triggered after any (but not every) cluster win. When it happens, your winning clustered symbols are held in place and everything else re-spins. This means you could increase the size of your original cluster. Do that, and you will hold those in place with the originals, while the remainder spin again to try and increase your win.

The free spin symbol looks like a colourful postage stamp. You need three or more to unlock from nine to 12 free spins while playing the main game. Finding an additional three or more when you are playing the free spins means you can get another one to four free spins added on top. The Aloha Cluster Pays slot also gives you a Symbol Drop feature in the free spins round. This means the lowest-paying symbols are knocked out of position once the reels stop. It increases the odds of achieving a bigger win as a result.

Finally, the game has stacked symbols, which appear in the form of Tiki faces in various colours. These count as two symbols, and take up two spaces on the reels when they appear.

Betting and Payout Rate

Let’s face it, this slot is a bit different from anything you’ll have seen before. Thankfully, NetEnt have provided a fully-workable demo mode so you can try it out. The absence of any paylines might seem confusing, but you’ll actually get the hang of it pretty quickly. The bright and clear symbols make it easier to see what’s happening too.

When it comes to playing for real, you can start at just 10p per spin. The various coin values and bet levels gives you a good range of wagers to choose from. The return-to-player percentage is deemed to be around 96.42%, but it’s still early days as the slot hasn’t been available for very long.

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What can we say? We absolutely loved the Aloha Cluster Pays online slot. It’s actually very easy to forget you’re playing a slot at all, because the whole thing looks very different. It’s good to have six reels instead of the standard three or five, and the cluster pays feature really ramps things up.

There may not be a bonus round, but there are enough special features included in gameplay to make the whole thing more than playable. We think NetEnt has come up with a real winner here – and one that is going to be popular for a long time to come.