The cherries, melons and lemons of mechanical fruit machines are a part of slots history, and Funky Fruits Farm from Playtech software is a title that pays homage to this classic theme with 3D graphics and a silly storyline. A jolly moustachioed farmer and a range of expressive fruits make up the quirky characters, as the harvest is gathered for market.

Funky Fruits Farm has five reels with three windows on each, in a sturdy wooden frame against a backdrop of windmills, barns and farm equipment. All the symbols are displayed on wooden crates, which descend with a clatter as the reels spin. Players can play any number from 1 to 20 pay lines, and set their bets at between 1 and 100 coins per line.

No Surprises in Play

Funky Fruits Farm offers a fairly standard slots game with nothing unusual in the bonuses. The honky-tonk country tune that plays throughout, the character animations and particularly the antics of the running, dancing farmer as he celebrates wins, all help to keep it entertaining, however.

There are six low-value Poker symbols, from 9 to A. The 9 pays a consolation prize of 2 coins for two of a kind, but the rest of the Poker symbols need three matches or better to win. Five As or Ks win 150 coins each.

Fruit Icons with Individual Personalities

A smiling watermelon and bewildered pineapple are the two icons next in value. They win identical prizes of 15, 75 or 250 coins for three, four or five of a kind. The mischievous cherries win 20, 100 or 400 coins for the same sequence. The happy-go-lucky orange and sour-faced lemon also win equal prizes, starting with 2 coins for two of a kind, then paying 25, 125 or 750 coins for each extra match.

A green splodge labelled Wild plays the usual substitution role, standing in for any symbols apart from the Scatter to create wins. Any win it features in is doubled, and matching Wild combos of two or more on a pay line also win 10, 250, 2,500 or 10,000 coins. The Wild can appear on any reel, and it also appears stacked at random intervals, filling two or even all three windows on the reel. This makes for even more potentially winning pay lines.

Boosting Scatter-Triggered Free Spins

The chirpy farmer, leaning out a window, is the Funky Fruits Farm Scatter icon. Two, three, four of five Scatters anywhere win multipliers of the total bet, in the amounts of X2, X5 X20 and X500. Three or more Scatters trigger the free spins round.

Players get a base of 8 free games with a X2 multiplier on all wins as punters get offers at cricket betting sites, but must first pick two of the five fruits inside the barn. These add extra spins and/or extra multipliers, and a free spins round can increase to as many as 33 games with a X15 multiplier. More free games at the same multiplier can also be retriggered by three or more Scatters during the bonus round, and continue indefinitely.