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Opal Fruits slot by Big Time Gaming is a refreshing change from the Megaways formula and somehow manages to retain the excitement of older BTG slots such as Bonanza and Extra Chilli and like Holy Diver brings us some new facets to out play. The reels lie over a spectacular image of the cosmos and are semi-transparent while the soundtrack consists of futuristic music and those game console type of zapping noises when wins appear or certain symbols land. Will Opal Fruits be a sweet success for our bankroll though or will we be left with a sour aftertaste?
There are 5625 ways to win and unlike Megaways slots the reels aren't dynamic on Opal Fruits with 6 columns of 3 rows and a scrolling reel of 4 symbols both above and below the centre 4 reels giving us a 3-5-5-5-5-3 configuration. The symbols appear stacked or individually with single Gold Scatters on all reels and Wilds only appearing on either of the scrolling reels, although that may randomly display a 3x multiplier. If this is on different reels then the product is activated, for example 27x for a 3x Wild on 3 different reels. If the 3x Wild appears both above and below on the scrolling reel on the same column then they are additive, so you would get 6x on that reel.
The 6-of-a-kind pays are typical Big Time Gaming with the premium symbol being purple, in this case the Grapes at 50x bet, followed by Melon 2x, Plum 0.9x, Pear 0.8x and then six card values of 0.6x, 0.5x and 0.4x for a full way. Winning symbols disappear to be replaced with new ones cascading from above though there are no random in-play events here because as usual the real meat of the slot lies within the bonus round!
On Opal Fruits you need to land 4 Gold Letter scatters anywhere in view for 10 free spins. You need to spell out F-R-E-E so here you won't be chasing the magic D as with Bonanza but the second E! You won't see scatters in the free spins or the 3x Wilds either but there is a clever mechanism to this bonus. You get the increasing multiplier for each winning action as you will no doubt be used to on the Megaways games but if you trigger with 5 scatters you start at 5x multiplier or all 6 scatters a 10x multiplier. You do get retriggers of 5 spins every time you attain a multiple of 10 in your increasing multiplier, so if you reach 10x you'll end up with at least 15 free games, 20x will result in at least 20 spins. The retrigger isn't too hard to get it would seem and the bonus is rarely disappointing although not easy to trigger in the first place.
Opal Fruits slot is a refreshing change from Megaways releases and manages to retain the excitement even though it uses a new mechanic. The base game is quite volatile and first impressions suggest it's not as kind on your bankroll as Bonanza for example but there is some huge potential there. The theme is easy on the eye and won't grind you down with any bad effects or noises plus we get a very decent 96.75% RTP. The bonus is excellent and keeps you involved from the first spin and the use of the multiplier reaching 10x is a great way of retriggering the spins as from that point you know the round will likely yield a substantial total. I think Big Time Gaming have nailed it again with some fresh ideas and these fruits are well worth picking...