Classic ‘old school’ video slots without too many bells or whistles are making a big comeback recently. On that vein, almost everybody loves an online slot which has classic rock as background music, tattoo symbols (possibly on the breasts or butt chicks) belonging to a gorgeous girl. That’s the familiar setting of Playtech’s iconic online slot ‘Cherry Love’. We can safely assume that the game is named after the main character of the online slot, a voluptuous blonde woman, ‘Cherry Love’. ‘Cherry Love’ features this delightful young lady, good tunes, great retro ‘rock chick vibe’ and an enormous potential maximum jackpot of CAD $200,000.
Created by UK-based online casino games developer, Playtech, this slot is based on 5 reels with 30 paylines and a wide range of bonus features to multiply your earnings, such as a Scatter symbols, a Wild symbol and the opportunity to win some Free Spins.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of these slots where you can almost smell the mix of whiskey and cigar smoke, and faintly make out in the low-set lighting, a beautiful young tattooed lady singing some a smooth, power rock ballad. I’m almost certain that’s how many of you will feel when you begin to play ‘Cherry Love’, a slot packed with the usual level of elegantly crafted Playtech animations and slick graphics.
The graphics, sound effects and rock soundtrack stylishly accompany online casino players whilst they win. The symbols in ‘Cherry Love’ include tattoos, jewelry, lighters, silver rings, cherries, deep red roses and daggers. The slots game also features the traditional symbols such as the 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace. For all its style, the best feature of ‘Cherry Love’ has to be the bonus feature (see below in ‘Gameplay, Tips and Strategies’ section for a description).
Audio and visual
The graphics are not as smooth and as elegant as some of the more modern games from Playtech. However, its hardly a distraction. Cutting edge visuals were never designed to be the main attraction here. It is the quite deliberate ‘old school’ nature of these online slot graphics and the sexy ‘rock-chick’ theme antidote to a world gone mad with political correctness that is the main attraction on ‘Cherry Love’. It all seems to add to the game’s period (almost retro) charm. The game feels like it has its land-based roots despite its exclusive online casino history. This kind of “Las Vegas heritage” does at times give the feeling its teleporting you back-in-time and onto the Strip or perhaps even somewhere a little seedier like Atlantic City or Reno.
The Cherry Love slot game has different audio soundtracks for;
- For when the reels are spinning; and
- For win sounds.
Overall, its most a rock-theme-based soundtrack, however, the background romantic interlude music is especially catchy.
Only the wild and scatter symbols show animation. ‘Cherry’ winks and blows kisses in a quite realistic manner. ‘Cherry’ is an expanding wild and the symbol alters at times from a close-up of her face to a full-length figure astraddle all rows and looking slight more demure and sultrier than on previous screen appearances.
Mobile version available
If you’re familiar with software by Playtech, it won’t come as a surprise that this game is mobile friendly. The browser-based design ensures compatibility with all major mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), including both iOS and Android product platforms. As ‘Cherry Love’ is a licensed online slot, it’s only natural that Playtech has decided to make this game appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
‘Cherry Love’ is available for play at many Online Casinos including two of our recommendations for Canadians; William Hill Casino and 888 Casino.
Features and symbols
The symbols on ‘Cherry Love’ include all the anticipated suspects from a game of this girl-meets-love-rock ‘n roll-tattoo theme type.
It’s mostly all sultry, rock chick inspired with tattoos, metal jewellery and zippo lighters all appearing as reel icons.
Other reel icons include ornate silver rings, heart-and-dagger graphics, ‘Cherry Love’ key rings, juicy red cherries and deep red roses. ‘Cherry Love’ herself makes an on-reel appearance and is joined by platinum 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace icons.
The Cherries rotate at full speed and sparkle when two or more scatter symbols appear on the reels. The other symbols just flash when they appear in winning combinations.
Gameplay, tips and strategies
‘Cherry Love’ players can choose from eight different coin denominations; 0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00 and 5.00. The slot game has 30 paylines and it is recommended that players enable all of them, as winning combinations pay only when appearing in enabled paylines. Players can wager up to 10 coins per payline. These, however, are displayed as line bets after multiplying the number of coins with coin denomination. Players can activate 10 coins per payline, and all 30 paylines by simply clicking on the ‘Bet Max’ button.
“Cherry’ herself is an expanding wild symbol, however, appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. The Cherries scatter symbol provides scatter payouts when two or more Cherries appear anywhere on the reels. When three or more of Cherry symbols appear on the reels, the free spins round is then triggered. The scatter symbols are then emblazoned with “Free Spins”.
The player is offered 15 free spins at 2x payouts in these bonus rounds. The most productive component of the free spins round is when the ‘Cherry Love’ symbol appears as an expanded wild with rotation on reels 2, 3 and 4. When ‘Cherry Love’ appears on reel 2, the payouts are much larger. The free spins round can be re-triggered.
‘Cherry Love’ offers a Gamble Game after each payout. The players have the option of collecting their payout or betting it in the Gamble Game. In the Gamble Game, players have to guess whether the colour of the card drawn will be red or black. If players guess correctly, their payout is doubled. If they guess incorrectly, their payout is lost. Players may continue doubling until the limit of CAD $1,500 is achieved. If players win a significant amount in the Gamble Game, a shower of gold coins on the reels follows whilst their balance gets updated.
There is no progressive jackpot in’ Cherry Love’. The Red Rose and the Heart and Dagger symbols offer the highest fixed jackpots and even pay out when two of the symbols line up from left to right in an active payline.
Our verdict on Cherry Love
Our panel of experts are big fans of ‘Cherry Love’ and have awarded the Playtech online slot a hefty 9.25 out of 10. Yes, it’s a little on the basic side (released in 2009), however the retro feel is all part of the attraction, as is the slightly dirty, slightly risqué-and-sexy ‘rock-chick’ theme.
Personally, I’m a big fan of the ‘Cherry Love’ gamble feature and the expanding wilds (including the expanding wilds guarantee when in free spins mode).
‘Cherry Love’ doesn’t have any fireworks in it, (besides maybe its enormous jackpot perspective for a non-progressive slot), but there is something entertaining in this game that makes you want to keep spinning the reels. You can’t ask for more than that. Good luck and great gaming on ‘Cherry Love!