Fruit vs Candy: Round 1 – FIGHT!
As if Microgaming hasn’t accomplished enough – blockbuster productions like Game of Thrones, all-time favourites like Cash Splash and a whole calendar of new games launched each month – the jumbo slot producer has recently decided to deliver not one, but two games in a single release. In fact, it’s a game in a game; a two-in-one, double bonus extravaganza.
Titled Fruit vs. Candy, the game pits two classic slot machine themes head to head in a single gaming engine. At the start of the game, you can choose whether to play in Fruit Mode or Candy Mode. Each gaming mode comes with its own unique extra spins feature as well as a specially-crafted bonus surprise. It’s twice the fun and hopefully, offers twice the payouts!
About The Slot
Fruit vs. Candy has a standard 5-reel setup. The game uses the ways-to-win format instead paylines – all you need is for three or more similar symbols to appear in adjacent positions, starting from the leftmost reel. This is in contrast to the set number of paylines, where players have to line up symbols on predetermined symbol arrangements. In Fruit vs Candy, there are 243 ways to win in total.
The symbols on the reels depend on whether you choose Fruit mode or Candy mode. Let’s start with the five symbols that appear in both modes – A, K, Q, J and 10. These symbols offer between 2x to 8x your wager. The remaining five base game symbols are either candies or fruits. The juicy Fruits Mode manifests on the reels in the form of apples, kiwi, lemon and berries. In the meantime, the Candy Mode has the reels covered in lollies, gummy bears and diabetes-inducing treats. Regardless of which you choose, the size and frequency of the base game’s payout are the same.
Aside from those, there are two feature symbols. There’s the high paying Wild symbols stand in place for any base game symbol to complete winning combinations. Then, there’s the Scatter symbol that triggers extra spins and offers 50x your wager at a time.
You can play Fruit vs Candy from only 30p per spin. If you prefer, you can also up the ante and play up to £45 per spin. Fruit vs Candy is a mid-variance game. This means that the game balances size of payouts with frequency of payouts. On one end of the spectrum, there are games that payout on every other spin, but in meagre amounts each time.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are games that keep you waiting for ages and ages, until it surprises you with a four-figure jumbo jackpot! Fruit vs Candy tries to combine both payout approaches. The game has a return to player percentage of 95.77%, which places it firmly amongst other average paying slots.
How Does This Mobile Slot Perform?
Well, what can I say? Fruits vs Candy is a Microgaming slot, which is a family of slot games that is in a class of its own. This premium slot developer studio churns out quality games by the truckloads, every single month of the year.
Besides faultless artwork and animation, the game has a robust gaming engine under the hood. The studio’s game mathematicians have almost perfected the algorithm of delivering payouts to players.
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Game Features: Sweet Reels, Extra Spins!
It’s during the game’s Extra Spins that the game comes into its own. The game transitions from a regular fruit machine to a dynamic slot that is clearly designed in 2017. In a nutshell, the Fruit vs Candy gaming engine will deliver a different extra spin feature based on your choice of gaming mode. To begin these extra spins, you’ll need to uncover 3 or more scatters on the reels in a single spin.
In Fruit Mode, your Extra Spins come equipped with the Cash Stash feature. Here you'll get unlimited supply of extra spins until you find 25 A – 10 symbols across the reels. It’s really as good as it sounds! Imagine extra spins that keep going on and on! Streaks of 10 or so extra spins are incredibly common too. Anyway, I digress. In the Cash Stash feature, every low-value symbol that appears during this time is immediately taken off the board and replaced with higher-value symbols. The game will also offer a cash prize per symbol. The cash prizes are then added to your cash stash, on top of the regular extra spins wins. This glorious feature is basically a cash cow.
In Candy Mode, Sweet Reels accompany all extra spins. This time, you'll get a continuous series of extra spins (up to a possible 50). If you get one reel full of candy symbols, bazinga! This “sweetens” the reel and turns wilds on that reel into stacked wilds. These Sweet Reels hang around for the remainder of the bonus feature and multiply your chances of winning quite significantly. The free game series ends when you turn all 5 reels into sweetened reels, at which time you would have collected a proper truckload of bonuses.
Aside from the extra spins, the game has two more surprise bonuses in store. In the Sugar Rush Bonus, all high-value symbols on the reels are exchanged for cash prizes. In addition, you could also trigger the extra spin bonus with only one scatter symbol on the reels, instead of the usual three! In Goodie Bag Bonus, a bag of treats will randomly appear. Unwrap it and treat yourself to the instant cash. You don’t have to attend a five-year-old birthday party to receive a goodie bag!
Both of these bonuses appear randomly after any non-winning spin. It’s the new trick in the slot makers’ arsenal: entice players when they are most bored/frustrated and encourage them to keep playing. It’s the same psychological trick as having mirrors on elevator doors and serving crunchy papadums at the Indian restaurant. Keep folks entertained during their wait. As a player, I’d gladly stay for longer in exchange for more payouts.
Fruit vs. Candy — An All You Can Eat Buffet!
The extra spins game in Fruit vs. Candy is almost like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Why have a handful when you can just stuff your reels to the brim? The extra spins just keep on coming, until you collect all of the symbols and Wild reels that you need. All the while, your bankroll will just keep on growing.
This innovative gaming concept attests to the immense level of creativity and technology at Microgaming studios. It’s a thrilling and refreshing new twist to extra spins that I hope will be replicated by all other slot developers soon.