For the follow-up to their smash hit grid slot Fruit Party, Pragmatic Play empties the fruit dish. Despite its relatively conventional visuals, the original Fruit Party seems to have left a lasting effect on players since it contains all the proper components to provide adequate gameplay and has become one of Pragmatic’s most memorable titles to date. It accomplished its goals and even managed to elicit some mild enthusiasm now and again, but we wouldn’t blame you for wondering what all the fuss was about. Regardless, Pragmatic Play has left the visuals essentially unchanged for the sequel, putting more effort into adjusting the math model and adding new features to entice players to come back for more.
Pragmatic Play has improved upon the game by enhancing the visuals in the backdrop. The setting of Fruit Party 2 is the same rural area as the first, although the fruit trees and cottage appear less foggy and less dreamlike. The familiar 7×7 grid is back, and with each spin, it will shower you with 49 fruit-themed symbols. Just like the first game, Fruit Party 2 is friendly and inviting, and it’s a little generic but does what it needs to.
One location where changes are very obvious is in the mathematical model. The default return to player (RTP) has also been adjusted (slightly), coming in at 96.53%, and volatility has been set to a high value, giving the game more bite. The fruit party may be played on any device, with bets ranging from 20 pence to £/€100 each spin.
In Fruit Party 2, cluster pays are activated when 5 or more adjacent matching symbols appear in a horizontal or vertical line. Clusters of 15 or more symbols are the most valuable ones, earning 150 times the stake for strawberries and decreasingly valued for the rest of the symbols (oranges, apples, grapes, plums, stars, and hearts). There is now a wild symbol to help you complete winning combinations in Fruit Party. Wild symbols can appear anywhere to replace any other pay sign, and they can even show up with multipliers, as we’ll see in the following section.
Slot Machine Features in Fruit Party 2
The tumble feature, which occurs after a successful spin, is the first bonus to discuss. The board is cleared of winning clusters so that fresh ones might fall into the open areas. As long as there are no new clusters to form, the tumble will continue, resulting in a string of victories.
A wild symbol may fall into an empty space created by the tumble function. Wilds can stand in for any other symbol, and they also have multipliers beginning at x2. Tumbling wilds can occur many times, increasing the multiplier by one each time until they reach a maximum of x256 in the original game. It is possible to utilize wilds in many clusters at once, and the values of numerous wilds in a winning cluster are summed together before being applied.
If you get 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 golden fruits in view, you’ll trigger the bonus round and win 10, 12, 15, 20, or 25 free spins and 3, 5, 10, 20, or 100 times your bet. Any leftover free spins will be added to the total, and there is no cap on how many times you can retrigger the feature by landing three scatters. In this bonus round, the wild multiplier begins at x3 instead of x2, and it may increase by that amount all the way to 729x.
For those who aren’t in the mood for the first Fruit Party, the sequel now offers a bonus buy option. If you get 3-7 scatters, you’ll win 10-25 free games and a payout of 100x your wager.
Fruit Machine 2: The Judgment
The differences between Fruit Party, Parts 1 and 2 are hardly revolutionary, but they are noticeable. Can we really become that pumped up about them? Both, actually. The overall structure of Fruit Party 2 is similar to the first game. The apparent plan is to expand on some elements of the original and release it as a sequel. This line of thought is reasonable, but it won’t generate much enthusiasm unless the first installment was a fan favorite.
Winning potential is one area that, oddly for a sequel, hasn’t changed. Even with the ability to retrigger free spins and large multipliers, the maximum payout in Fruit Party 2 is still just 5,000x the wager. No one is disputing that this is a reasonable sum of money, but a more tantalizing grand reward would have increased the sequel’s appeal and made more sense. It would have provided a better opportunity for wild multipliers to take use of their augmented skills.
But we shouldn’t be too harsh, because Fruit Party 2 does have some redeeming qualities. The upbeat, joyful vibe of the game is reflected in its bright visuals and catchy soundtrack. As is the case elsewhere, pinning multipliers on wilds here yields excellent results, and the wilds’ values can grow to unprecedented heights. When things are going well, you may have a great time playing.
Although Pragmatic Play’s Jammin’ Jars 2 and Hacksaw Gaming’s Hop’n’Pop are also fruit-themed grid slot games with a bit more volatility, this one fails to leave quite the same kind of impact. The power of multipliers is undeniable, but Fruit Party needed that certain something to set it different from the others. The gameplay was a little too standard, and the experience was a little too easy to forget; unfortunately, the same can be said about the sequel.