Betsoft delivers a soothing and simple, but sometimes lucrative, online slot game with Fruit Zen. Technically, a gambling game is the furthest thing from Zen Buddhist values, and the game also confuses some Asian iconography, but with its rolling waves and ambient music Fruit Zen slot may indeed lure a player into a trance-like state. This peaceful slot is available in both paid and free modes on desktop and mobile devices.
Looking past the lovely undulating purple waves in the background, mellow ambient soundtrack and high-definition plump fruits, one will realize Fruit Zen is a straightforward slot game running on the familiar five-reel three-row structure. All of the game’s buttons are large and clearly marked, which helps further simplify gameplay.
All three elements of the bet can be customized using the plus and minus buttons in the fields at the bottom of the screen. One to ten paylines can be selected in the “Select Lines” field. “Choose Coin” offers options from 0.02 to 0.50. Meanwhile, “Bet Per Line” can be adjusted between one and ten.
Single spins are started and stopped using the “Spin/Stop” button. Automatic spins, from five to 100, are set using the “Auto Play” button. Payline information can be found by clicking the “View Pays” option at the upper right corner of the screen, while game options can be set by clicking the “Options” button in the upper left.
The brief slot spins end with with the fruit symbols plopping down gracefully into place. Wins occur when three or more consecutive matching symbols line up on a payline. Unlike most slots, Fruit Zen pays when the symbols align starting from the left or right side of the reels. This results in more potential winning combinations than in slot games that require the symbols to line up only from the left side.
Fruit Zen forgoes the usual playing card value symbols, instead utilizing only produce symbols. These fruit icons are:
Though the slot has neither scatter symbols nor bonus games, it does have a very lucrative Fruit Zen wild symbol. This wild card appears on reels two, three and four, and can occur on multiple reels on one spin.
When it appears, it turns the entire reel into a stacked wild. Payouts are collected, then a free spin is triggered with the wild row locked. This can result in a second set of winnings. If another wild symbol appears during the free spin, it also turns into a wild reel, locks in place along with the other wild reel, then triggers another free spin.
Fruit Zen may not have any special feature games or exciting scatters, but the expanding wild symbol and its free spins have the potential to deliver winnings that surpass the payouts offered by other slots’ bonus games.
Whether this is enough to keep experienced gamers playing Fruit Zen is up to the individual. New players—and those hypnotized by the game’s design—will enjoy the simple gameplay, while holding their breath for the wild symbols.