Firstly, for our British readers, let’s just clarify that when we say candy, we don’t mean just that sweet powdery stuff the fake kids fags we’re made of, we mean all sweets, chocolates and jellies. And for the American readers when we say fags, we mean cigarettes. Who’d have though the cross-cultural use of English could be so complex! Microgaming clearly don’t give a bonbon about all this and bring you So Much Candy with style.
Presented over the standard 5x3 with a safe 25 fixed paylines, this slot takes a very popular theme right now and makes it their own. The reels are suspended against an unimaginative background for such a theme, we’d have liked to see an enchanted ‘olde sweet shoppe’ or something akin to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but hey.
Looks pretty sweet to me
Higher value symbols consist of five sweets and pick up the theme to give a bit of life to the game, you probably won’t recognise many of them, one looks like a polo, but the rest are copyright free anomalies. Lower value symbols are the industry standard playing card deck, running from 10 to Ace as per.
The wild in the game comes in the form of the So Much Candy logo – always a let down when they use the logo; lazy – and substitutes for all other symbols to form wins, except the scatter. The scatter is a gumball machine, or bubble-gum machine for the Brits.
Much More Candy
If the main symbols form a winning combination, they can split into five pieces giving you the potential to get a 25-symbol win – which is naturally a big one! This can also happen when the wild is involved, pushing the wins up even further.
From the five main symbols the most valuable one is the heart sweet, if you’re lucky enough to get 25 of these bad boys you’re looking a win of 640x your stake, and as this is purely for the line and single spin, that’s a very nice result.
The gumball scatter predictably sets off the free spins with three or more across the reels. You get to select between 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 spins, but as with So Many Monsters, the lower number of spins you choose yields the better wins overall. You can retrigger spins if you get three more scatters during a round.
Apart from that uninspiring purple backdrop, the graphics of So Much Candy are generally good. Microgaming know how to life a game with the gameplay, symbols and features. The soundtrack is surprisingly chilled, quite the opposite of what you might expect from a game based around pure sugar. The selling point here is the splitting symbols, nice touch and works well with easy-to-trigger free spins too.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring