Like the standard Fruit Shop, the Fruit Shop Christmas Edition – which is also by NetEnt – takes place on reels set inside a quaint little fruit shop with a striped awning but this time it’s winter and snow is falling while you spin.
This holidays edition of Fruit Shop where the reels are placed between a snowman and a Christmas tree, plays very similarly to the standard slot, but with added festivity.
Fruit shop is a cartoon fruit slot inspired by classic slot machines of the 80s and 90s. Symbols in the game include cherries, oranges, and lemons, and players win by lining up matching symbols across 15 paylines. The highest paying symbol in the game is the cherries, which payout between 5x and 2000x the line bet for between two and five symbols on a payline. Next up is the plum, which pays between 25x and 1000x the bet for three to five symbols on a line, while lower valued fruit like the watermelon pays out between 15x and 200x the bet. It’s also worth noting that all bet line wins made up with Fruit Shop Wild symbols will be doubled, even in the base game.
Like the original slot, Fruit Shop Christmas Edition has just the one bonus feature, a Free Spins round, although it works a little differently to many Free Spins bonus rounds. Instead of being triggered by a Scatter, free spins are awarded whenever players land winning combinations involving fruits on the reels. These wins will award between one and five free spins, with more free spins added on when wins land during Free Spins, too. Wins in free spins also pay double. While all of this sounds pretty basic, actually it means that free spins are doled out regularly and easily stack up, which is a very nice little feature in the slot.
With an average return to player of 96.71%, Fruit Shop Christmas Edition is a great game for players looking to maximise their holiday wins. What this means is that for every $100 you spend on the reels, you’re likely to make around $96.71 back, which is a bit above average for a slot of this type. It’s also a low to medium variance slot because free spins come around frequently and offer some good wins, which means even casual players can dip in and out of play and still make back some good wins.
If you’re looking for a Christmas slot that’s not too heavy on Santa and his reindeer, you really can’t go far wrong with Fruit Shop Christmas Edition. Many players will already be familiar with the original game, and this version isn’t so different – it’s just got added snow. With a fun free spins round occurring every few spins and a very good RTP, there’s a lot to love in Fruit Shop Christmas Edition.