Load up on sugar on the slot from Pragmatic Play. The game is full of sweet surprises that can pay up to 21,100 times your stake in the free spins round. You will get to enjoy tumbling reels, a feature buy option and a free spins round with random multipliers that can exceed x100. Time to please our sweet tooth and take a closer look.
Sweet Bonanza is a cascading video slot with a 5×6 grid, tumbling symbols and a pay-anywhere mechanic. You can please your sweet tooth on desktop or mobile from 0.20 to 100 credits. Activating the Ante Bet will add 25% to the stake. The RTP of this medium to high variance game is set in the range from 96.51 to 96.52%.
A sweet wonderland with all types of candies and blue skies serves as a fitting background to a semi-translucent game window loaded with even more tantalizing sugar-rush goodies and fruits. Red and white lollypop sticks hold the otherwise frameless reels. A serene soundtrack completes the pleasure-filled gameplay, although it gets more dramatic on big wins.
At the low end are some healthier foods like bananas, grapes, melons, plums and apples. The reason might be that this game was initially titled Fruits and Sweets. They are followed by blue, green, pink and red candy in various forms and shapes. Pays for hitting 12 scattered symbols range from 2x to 50x your stake.
The wild symbol appears in the free spins only and looks like a rainbow bauble which is marked by a win multiplier. Scatters are a red and white lollipop.
Tumbling Reels and Pay Anywhere Mechanic Explained
Sweet Bonanza is not your usual reel-spinning slot instead 30 symbols tumble from the top onto the 5×6 grid at the start of every game round. Any winning combination is paid and then disappears. All other symbols fall to the bottom and new symbols tumble in to fill the empty spaces. This continues until no more winning combinations appear after a tumble. All wins are accumulated and paid before the next spin sequence starts.
The game has a Pay Anywhere mechanic that will award wins when sufficient matching symbols land anywhere on the reels. They do not need to connect and can be scattered over the entire game window. You will need to have minimum eight symbols appear after a tumble to score a win similar to a three-of-a-kind on a normal slot. The maximum pay is awarded for 12 matching symbols. Any further symbols do not increase the win but disappear as well before the next tumble.
The Ante Bet Debuts on a Set of Slot Reels
Seasoned gaming folks will know what an Ante bet is and Pragmatic Play has integrated it into the Sweet Bonanza slot. Two buttons on the left of the game window give you two options for your gameplay to pick from. You can change your choice before the start of any spin in the base game.
The first option is the standard bet which they marked with a 20x on the icon. The game plays normally and you can purchase direct access to the free spins feature by staking 100x your bet in one amount.
The second option is the Ante bet, which is marked with a 25x on the icon. Basically, you stake 25% extra on top of your default bet and the game adds more free spin symbols to the reels. The feature buy option is not available while the Ante bet is active.
The Sweet Bonanza Free Spins Feature
Hitting four or more scatters within a single spin sequence will trigger 10 free spins which cannot be retriggered as such but having minimum three scatters land on a free spin will award an additional five free spins, no limits. Alternatively, you can buy the feature for 100x your stake.
During the feature, one or more multiplier baubles with a random multiplier from x2 to x100 can land on the reels within a spin sequence. They will stay on the game grid until the end of the free spin. All in view are then added and the win from the entire spin sequence multiplied by the accumulative multiplier. However, they are not sticky for the entire free spins round and disappear before the next spin starts.
Admittedly, as we saw the Sweet Bonanza name, we thought we will be getting a clone of the Bonanza Megaways slot from Big Time Gaming. And it might be that to a small fraction when looking at the tumbling reels and reactive wins. However, after a few rounds, we trended slightly towards Jammin’ Jars from Push Gaming. In the end, we settled on a fusion of the two popular games as it combines the tumbling reels with high multipliers in the free spins.
Nevertheless, the game is well-designed, has some exciting pay mechanics and huge win potential. A must-try when it is released on 27th June 2019.