Basic they might be but the slot games in this Playson series usually looks good and that’s the case with Imperial Fruits: 5 Lines. Set against a purple background embossed with crowns, the plain black reels feature a collection of glossy looking fruit machine imagery.
At the bottom of the payout food chain are the oranges, cherries, plums and lemons which each deliver payouts of 2, 5 or 20 times your stake. The pear follows, awarding 4, 10 or 40 times your stake. Next are the melon and grapes which will get you 6, 20 or 100 times your stake. The lucky red 7 is top of the tree as far as payouts go. Hit 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these in combination and you’ll pocket a payout of 2, 8, 40 or 400 times your stake.
Helping to create the winners is the gold crown which can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. As usual, the wild replaces everything bar the scatter. Whenever the crown appears, it expands to fill the whole of the reel. The crown can appear on multiple reels on the same spin which can lead to some potentially cracking combinations.
Imperial Fruits: 5 Lines also comes with a pair of scatter symbols. Appearing on reels 1, 3 and 5 only is the diamond star scatter. A payout of 20 times your stake awaits if you land 3 on the same spin. There’s also the gold star scatter which can hit on all 5 reels. This pays 3, 20 or 100 times your stake when you land 3, 4 or 5 on the same spin.
While many developers have zigged and added more and more extras to their games Playson has zagged and produced a collection of stripped back slot games. Imperial Fruits: 5 Lines is a typical example. There’s precious little in the way of bonus features here. All the action comes via the base game. This might be a little on the vanilla side for some tastes, especially if you like a bit of variety when you play.
It’s not an especially volatile game either. The variance here is in the medium range with maximum wins of 820 times your stake on each spin. The basic gameplay won’t be for everyone. If you fancy giving an old school fruity a blast, then this is a decent enough place to start. If you want something with features, Playson’s Mighty Africa: 4096 Ways is recommended.