Fruit Mania is Bally Wulff’s take on the classic one-armed bandit. It’s a stripped back 5 reel, 5 payline slot that offers little in the way of feature rounds but does give line payouts of up to 1,000 times your stake. Play from just 5p to as much as £10 per spin.
Online slots don’t come any simpler than Fruit Mania – set against a plain red backdrop, the reels feature an assortment of 7 classic symbols. In ascending order of value, they are cherries, which pay out between 1 and 40 times your stake (you only need to land 2 cherries for a winner. It’s 3 for all other symbols), oranges and lemons which pay between 4 and 40x, melons and grapes which award between 2 and 200x and bells which offer between 10 and 100 times your stake.
Top of the tree is the lucky 7 – land 3 of these in a single payline for a payout of 20 times your total stake. Four and it increases to 200x. A full 5 will lend you a bumper haul of 1,000 times your bet.
Symbols can land in stacked formation which offers even more opportunities to create a decent winning combination. There aren’t any wilds or scatters on the reels and no bonus rounds either. If you’re looking for free spins, multipliers, cash trails or pick me rounds, you’d be advised to look elsewhere. This is about as basic as you’ll get from an online slot.
In fact, the only extra on offer is a gamble round which is available after every winning spin, both in normal and autoplay mode. If you want to try your luck, you’ll have 2 choices. Guess the colour of the mystery playing card or try and work your way up the gamble ladder. You can wager half or the full amount of your win. It’s a straight 50/50 shot and used it sparingly.
We found the variance in Fruit Mania to be high – we endured seemingly endless spells when we didn’t land a winner. You’ll need a healthy bankroll and plenty of patience here. The positive aspect of that variance is that it’s possible to land a big haul very quickly as the jackpot payout are high.
Fruit Mania may be simple but it’s a volatile beast. As long as you’re aware of what you’re getting into, it does have some attractions, especially for players looking for a slice of high variance, old school action. If you want bonus features, the other Bally Wulff slots offer them.