Developer Play’n GO does deliver some quirky slot titles for mobile and online play, but Ninja Fruits must be one of the weirdest mixtures ever to cross genres. It is part epic ninja story, part old-type fruit machine.
That said, the art is beautifully put together, with the five reels housed in a painted wood-and-tile Japanese house, set in a marvellous garden awash with cherry blossoms. The reels resemble parchment, and dazzling ninja animations, along with appropriate sound effects, herald all the wins.
Ninja Fruits has 15 paylines, coin denominations that can be set at intervals between 0.01 and 0.25, and the chance to play up to 5 coins per line. The paylines are numbered in delicate paper lanterns hanging alongside the reels.
Payline Symbols Mix Both Genres
Ninja Fruits’ low-value icons are five fruits: an olive, a strawberry, an orange, a pineapple and a watermelon, that require three matches or better to win. They are in two groups that each has matching prizes: the olive, strawberry and orange win 100 coins for five of a kind, while the pineapple and watermelon win 150.
Four ninjas complete the Ninja Fruits symbols: a boy in brown and a girl in green also share equal-value prizes, namely 2, 20, 100 or 500 coins for two, three, four or five matches. The tattooed blue-clad man can win 3, 30, 150 or 750 coins for the same combos, and the red-clad lady ninja wins 5, 50, 200 or 1,000 coins.
Geisha Activates Free Spins Round
Like many online MasterCard pokies, Ninja Fruits slot contains several bonus features, including a free spins round. The trigger for this round is a beautifully coiffed Geisha; when she appears Scattered in any three positions, she activates the bonus, while also paying a prize of 5X the total spin bet.
First, the Geisha will spin her parasol to select one of the ordinary payline symbols as the Extra Scatter during the free spins round; during the feature, this randomly selected Extra Scatter can win extra prizes.
Once the Extra Scatter is nominated, the Geisha will produce a fan with a number on it: this is the number of free spins the player gets. Only after these two selections, does the Ninja Fruits free spins round commence.
Throwing Star Gives Another Bonus
A ninja throwing star embedded in a target is the Ninja Fruits Bonus symbol. It is also a Scatter, so three anywhere will activate the Bonus game. On a new screen, the Sensei stands next to the fruit varieties from the payline symbols, set up as targets.
The player picks targets to be sliced by the throwing star; each will reveal a different instant money prize. A random fruit is the Collect target. When the player hits it with the star, the Ninja Fruits Bonus game ends, and the total winnings are tallied. This can be as much as 150X the total spin bet.
The Wild is the final special symbol used in Ninja Fruits. He appears as an elderly Sensei, his top-knot and long white beard and moustache showing his status. As a Wild, he can substitute for any other symbol except the Geisha, a designated Extra Scatter in free spins, or the Bonus ninja star, to complete a combination that wins a prize.
Combos of matching consecutive Wilds from the leftmost reel on one payline also win prizes of their own for two or more matches: 10, 100, 1,000 or 5,000 coins.