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Fruit Duel- Hacksaw Gaming (Quick Review)


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I wrote a post a while ago saying how regulators are forcing providers to have a mixture of volatility levels for their games and how some providers like Push Gaming and Hacksaw who predominantly make high volatility games will have to change tact. Fruit Duel from Hacksaw Gaming is clear evidence that they are changing and this following the release of "Born Wild" a couple of weeks ago that is another medium/low volatility game. So can Hacksaw make games that are still appealing after stepping down the volatility level?


Somehow Hacksaw have managed to get a trademark for something they are calling Duel Reels and this mechanic turns the whole reel where a V's symbol lands into a multiplying wild reel. I am pretty sure we have seen this mechanic before in other slots but it is now trademarked. Fruit Duel is a very basic 3 reel, 3 row slot with 17 pay lines ( I think I counted them correctly)   


The base game and theme are very basic, there are V's symbols that can change the reels into multiplying wilds during base game spins but the main draw is the free spins. You can also select a mode that costs 10x stake to have a guaranteed  V's symbol land on the reels every spin but to get paid you need to land 2 or 3 V's symbols. You can buy the free spins for 80x which is much lower than most Hacksaw slots that can cost 149x upwards.


You can also trigger the free spins in base game by landing 3 free spins scatters and you are awarded 10 free spins, during the free spins you have a higher chance of landing V's symbols and the multiplier is higher than that of the base game.


In order for Fruit Duel to pay you need to land 2 or more V's symbols with a good multi, not much changes in the free spins aprty from the theme changing to what I think is night time. The Max Win on Fruit Duel is 3,333x and the RTP is 96.3%, this is a medium volatility game with a medium hit rate.


The highest multiplier you can land on Fruit Duel is 100x but if you land more than one V's symbol then the multiplier is added together. Overall this is a super basic slot, the fact that Hacksaw have trade marked the Duel Reel mechanic is interesting and we will see if they get credited on other slots from other providers that use this mechanic, I don't think it will be anywhere near as big as "MegaWays" but still pretty interesting. Fruit Duel looks and feels like a Hacksaw game even though they have stripped back the volatility, the overlay is very good and easy to use and the graphics and game play are super simple. Fruit Duel will appeal to all types of players apart from those looking for 10,000x plus wins I would think.

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