We’re stepping into a wonderful world of deliciously sweet and juicy goodness for this review. Prepare to enter a land where lollipops grow on trees, candy floss clouds float above, and a chocolate-filled river flows by. Combine that vision with another one of life’s great pleasures, playing slots, and we’re on to a winner here I’d say! The Fruity Candy slot, from developer PG Soft, is a high volatility, five-reel video slot featuring a maximum win of 10,000x and a solid RTP of 96.75%.
Theres a lot to feast your eyes on as you first open the game. Initially, you’ll notice the grid set-up, which is comprised of five reels, each built of circular shaped rows in a 5-4-5-4-5 formation, and above this grid, there are multiplier values ranging from 1-5x. Fruity Candy operates on an expanding reels mechanic, initially beginning at 2,000 ways and rising to a maximum of 25,088 once the reels are fully expanded. All wins are achieved by matching a minimum of three symbols across the grid, starting from the leftmost reel, and wins are the key to growing the reels and increasing the multiplier value, which we’ll discuss further soon. There is a free spins feature to aim for, triggered by landing at least three scatter symbols during any single spin. When activated, you are awarded 10 free spins featuring enhanced multiplier values and re-trigger opportunities, increasing your chances of a big win.
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Games involving the theme of fruity confectionary seem to be a popular choice in the slot’s world. Perhaps this is due to the raging success of the well-known mobile phone game Candy Crush, or maybe it’s down to the similarities to traditional slot machines that often feature fruit symbols. Maybe a combination of both, which come together to invoke a sugary nostalgia hit? Whatever the reason, it works well, and PG Soft have created a tasty recipe here by combining the theme with an expanding reels mechanic. They also have some similarly themed creations within their catalogue, such as Candy Burst, a 6x6, cascading win slot packed with in-play features, a free spins bonus, and a delicious sounding maximum win of 15,000x. Or, if you’re looking for a really intense sugar rush, how about Candy Bonanza? This game features multipliers, special game-enhancing symbols, and an absolutely monster maximum win of 50,000x! Next, we’ll take a more detailed look into the features of Fruity Candy, starting with the pay table.
The top symbol featured on Fruity Candy is the Wild, which pays 1x your total bet value per single way of five symbols. Next, it’s the Gummy Bear at 0.8x, the Grapes at 0.5x, and the Red Strawberries at 0.4x. The lower value symbols are the Star, the Heart, the Lime, and the Pear Drop, which all return 0.3x your total bet for each line of five symbols. On the face of it, these values seem low. But when you factor in that there are 25,088 ways potentially available and the effect that the multipliers can have, it’s easy to see why they can’t be much higher than they are.
Looking at the stakes, we can see that there are 33 options to choose from on Fruity candy, which is a positive and something we’ve come to expect from a PG Soft slot. Stakes start from as low as €0.30 and rise to as high as €90.00, with many gradual increments in between, ensuring a suitable stake amount can easily be found for most players.
base game & modifiers
Fruity Candy slot base game
The game mechanic used in Fruity Candy is based on expanding reels and cascading wins. All wins are achieved by matching at least three corresponding symbols from the leftmost reel onwards. Any symbols involved in a win will explode, creating room on the grid for additional symbols to tumble down from the top. Symbols remaining in elevated stacks after others have been cleared through wins will tumble towards the left of the grid to create even rows.
After every winning combination, all five reels will grow by one-row position until they eventually reach their maximum height. In addition, as the reels expand after wins, so does the win value multiplier. Both the expanded reels and multiplier values are reset at the conclusion of the spin.
At the start of any main game spin, the grid will be set up in a 5-4-5-4-5 system. If a win occurs during that spin, all reels will expand by one-row position at the top before any new symbols tumble down. If further winning combinations are subsequently achieved during this spin, the reels will continue to grow in this fashion until they reach their maximum height of 8-7-8-7-8.
During the main game, winning combinations incrementally increase the win multiplier value. The sum from the first winning combination of any spin will be paid at x1, the second multiplied by x2, the third by x3, and the fourth by x5. The multiplier will then remain at the maximum of x5 for any further winning combinations during that spin. Multiplier values are applied and paid to the total win from each combination rather than being accumulated and applied to the total win from the entire spin.
fruity candy slot bonus features
Fruity Candy slot bonus feature
Three scatter symbols appearing on the reels within the same spin will trigger the feature, which begins with 10 free spins. Each additional scatter symbol that lands during this trigger will award a further two spins to this starting total.
free spins feature
The multiplier values at the top of the reels will increase in this feature compared to their starting value in the base game, rising to x2, x4, x6 and x10. During the free spins, you’ll be hoping to see further scatter symbols as each one that lands will grow the multiplier values further and award an additional two free spins. For each scatter symbol that appears during the bonus round, the multiplier values will have 1, 2, 3 and 5 added to their current total, respectively, from left to right. These values are held and will be maintained until the end of the free spins.
Good base game hits.
Interesting, engaging game mechanics
It can be quite a difficult bonus to trigger.
fruity candy Slot Review Summary
This is a solid effort from PG Soft. The game mechanics are engaging, with the combination of the expanding reels and growing multiplier values enough to keep the player interested. During testing, I found that the game was willing to deliver regular, good size base game hits, which was pleasing to see. In my experience, the free spins round can be pretty tricky to trigger, and on many occasions, did not pay very well, often building the multiplier values to a good point, only to deliver dead spins until the end of the bonus. But considering the high RTP and max win of 10,000x, I’d imagine it's certainly capable of delivering the goods.
Article by Patrick Owen
Patrick has over eight years of experience playing and reviewing slots and casino games. He is an avid land-based and online casino fan with a hunger to learn more about slot games and the developers that create them.