Candy Island Princess: Slot Overview
Considering how huge anime is, it's a wonder there aren't more slots based around the cultural phenomenon. Possibly the fact online casinos are illegal in Japan, the homeland of anime, has dented game developers' enthusiasm for exploring the theme. One studio that hasn't shied away is Play'n GO, known for having released quite possibly the biggest anime-themed slot to date, Moon Princess. The team is back with more charismatic cartoon females in Candy Island Princess, a slot sure to excite its target audience while leaving others a little bemused.
The game's story will reinforce the division. In Candy Island Princess, a candy coating outfit is celebrating its centennial by holding a contest to find the new face of the company. Three contestants have been flown to an exotic island to show off their 'talents'. Bon Bon, the host, leads the event to find a new candy girl queen in a showdown that's either a ball of laughs or bizarre cartoon lady exploitation. Depending on your point of view, the Candy Island Princess look is either fabulously fun or borderline sinister. In any case, gaming takes place on a 3x3, 5-payline game grid set on a stage where the contest takes place, as rigging borders the grid alongside speakers and lighting. You can't see much of the island, but a cloud-free sky and hint of palm trees leave no doubt you're somewhere tropical.
A fruit slot of sorts, bets can be set as low as 5 p/c per spin or raised as high as £/€100 for the higher rollers. The gameplay is pretty light all around, with a low to medium volatile math model matching the rest of the game's attitude. As always, RTP is variable, so be on the lookout for different values. The highest possible theoretical return in this case is 96.2%, dropping to 94.2% or less depending on the market.
Three-of-a-kind wins are the only ones possible in Candy Island Princess, where 7 symbols make up the paytable. The first 4 are lower-paying candy symbols shaped like hearts, diamonds, flowers, or circles, while the 3 high pays are the three female contestants. The ladies are worth payouts of 2 to 6 times the stake when pure combinations land, or 1 times the stake for three mixed high pay symbols. The game does not use wild symbols, relying on two scatter types to provide more impressive winning possibilities.
Candy Island Princess: Slot Features
The features in Candy Island Princess revolve around a ticket scatter, a camera scatter and builds on its three contestant symbols. The Candy Splash feature triggers every time a three-of-a-kind win occurs using contestant symbols - the specific contestant symbols expand to pay out on all 5 paylines. These winning combinations must be of one contestant type since a mixed contestant symbol win will not trigger the Candy Splash feature.
Camera scatters land anywhere, and 3 in view triggers the Behind the Scenes feature. Here you can score 1 of 6 instant wins paying out a cash prize of 5x, 10x, 20x, 80x, 500, or 2,000x your bet.
Also, keep an eye out for the ticket scatters; landing 2 of them triggers a Lucky Respin, where the reel not showing a ticket scatter is respun for another chance to land all 3 scatters. When 3 scatters are in view on the reels, free spins are awarded. What changes for free spins is the Candy Splash feature is activated when winning combinations made up of mixed contestant symbols hit. On the final free spin, ticket scatters are added to the reels, and the feature can be retriggered up to 5 times.
When free spins conclude, the Jelly Jiggle Delight takes place. Here, players choose 1 of 3 options for the chance to be awarded an x2 multiplier that applies to the total amount won during free spins.
Candy Island Princess: Slot Verdict
Replace the grid slot complexity of Moon Princess with basic 3x3 fruit slot type gaming, drop the volatility/max win, then add some skimpy bikinis, and you've got a pretty good idea of what Candy Island Princess is all about. It's a game aimed squarely at players into anime (or the Asian market) who might also be interested in taking a punt on the reels. If a sunny environment, a positive attitude, and compliant anime girls take precedence, then Candy Island Princess might be worth a look.
Candy Island Princess is not a game with huge rewards, however. Players might be able to collect a decent win during the Behind the Scenes feature, but outside that, Candy Island Princess isn't a game you play to clear your debts if you hit the max win. The top prize from the Behind the Scenes feature is your best chance at a solid return, while the most you can win overall is 2,200x the bet. In the base or bonus game, The Candy Splash feature is useful in topping you up every now and then. However, at best, 30x the bet wins aren't exactly game-changers. Still, they add to the flow and carefree vibe the game is aiming for.
Candy Island Princess might not be a high octane slot, yet it was never designed to be one. Instead, it's almost entirely made for players with a soft spot for smiling cartoon femme's with big eyes, flowing bangs, and chesty assets. If that sounds pretty neat, then Candy Island Princess is sure to whisk you away to a sunny island paradise where everyone is friendly and you might walk away with an okay prize win. If not, then Candy Island Princess comes across as giggly, low thrill cheese.
If you’re not a hardcore anime fanboy or girl, Candy Island Princess will struggle to excite.