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Fruit Shop has a 3D feel, but it’s not 3D. The aesthetic is a retro one, which means lemons, cherries and other fruits take centre stage. Plucked from the era of fruit machines, the goal of Net Entertainment when creating Fruit Shop was to pay homage to the arcade slots of old, and not to replicate them, which is a relief.
It looks much better than many games listed as “retro”, and it also plays much better. What’s more, you can find some big paying symbols, with 5 of the cherries returning 2,000x your line bet, and with a further 3 symbols paying between 500x and 1,000
The wild symbol also pays very well, doubling all paylines it lands on. This comes in the shape of a Fruit Shop logo, and is definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
Fruit Shop’s only bonus round is a free spins round, although this is not a “round” as such. Instead, you’ll get a number of free spins depending on how many combinations of fruits you get. The trick is to try and line up separate fruits in a single payline, unlocking between 1 and 5 free spins when you do. This is much more common than free spin features in other slots, and these free spins can be triggered time and time again. There are no big multipliers during the spins, but it’s fun to watch them stack up, unlocking more and more, and these do payout in the long run.
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There is nothing spectacular or special about Fruit Shop. It does a little more with the retro theme than many modern slots do, but for us it just doesn’t do enough. It is targeted at a different market though, aimed at those players who yearn for the older arcade slots, and we’re not in that demographic. Personal preferences aside, we think Fruit Shop deserves a 7 out of 10, but taking them into account, it would struggle to get more than 4 out of 10.