Classic Slot Simplicity in Wild Melon
Wild Melon is a slot title from Play ’n GO software that should be popular among fans of the classic fruit machines. With a limited range of symbols, three reels and only 1 pay line, along with no Scatter symbol and no free spins or bonus features, Wild Melon is a no-frills version for slots purists.
The only variation players can make to Wild Melon before embarking on play is the size of the bet. Coin denominations can be varied from 0.25 to 2.50, and the player can bet 1, 2 or 3 coins per spin. So the minimum bet is 0,25, and the maximum 7.50. Prizes mentioned below are based on the lowest bet per spin, 0.25, unless otherwise specified, but the prizes increase if the players bet more coins.
Cherries and Watermelons Abound
Wild Melon uses no poker symbols. In fact, only three different types of symbols appear on the reels: cherries in various combinations, and single watermelons and oranges. Watermelons pay the lowest-value prize: 2 coins for a single watermelon anywhere on the pay line. Any two watermelons win 5 coins.
Any combination of three cherries on the pay line; single, double or triple cherries, also wins 5 coins. Three single cherries win 10, three double cherries win 20, and three triple cherries win 50. Three oranges pay a healthy 100 coins, which is not bad on a 0.25 bet.
Watermelons are Wild
As the name Wild Melon implies, the watermelon also doubles as the Wild symbol. So if it arrives on the pay line with two other symbols that match each other, it triggers the prize for three of those symbols.
The watermelon Wild also makes winning combinations of its own. If three Wilds are visible at the end of the spin, even if they are on the top or bottom row and not on the central pay line, they win 200 coins. Three Wilds all on the pay line will pay 1,000 coins, or 10,000 coins at maximum bet.
Return to Player Percentage Varies
At lower bets, Wild Melon offers a Return to Player, or RTP, percentage of 91.78 per cent. When the player is wagering the maximum bet per spin, this RTP percentage increases to 93.72 per cent, so players who can afford to do so will make a better return in the long term if they play every spin at the maximum bet.
Old-Fashioned Design Sticks to the Theme
Wild Melon has a very simple layout, which is again an echo of the old mechanical fruit machines from which this slot takes its inspiration. The reels are presented as metal-framed glass windows against a solid green background, looking quite small in the centre of the screen, and a little bit cramped with the symbols peeking through each window on sharply curved reels.
The single pay line is a bold metal stripe across the centre of the reels, and the only other decoration, apart from the symbols themselves, is the Wild Melon logo in a green sunburst above the reels, and the permanently displayed pay table to the side of the reels. This slot has nostalgia in spades.