Sweet Alchemy 2: Slot Overview
Sequels, be they book, movie, slot, tv, or other, can be hugely hit or miss. On the one hand, are success stories like Top Gun: Maverick, which somehow smash the mark decades after the original was released. On the other hand, there are those that, how to put this politely, felt kinda pointless. Entertainment news source Screen Rant has put movies like Independence Day: Resurgence, Dumb and Dumber To, and Zoolander 2 in this less glam category. This leads us to today's slot Sweet Alchemy 2, a follow-up to Sweet Alchemy, released by Play'n GO back around 2018. That's quite a lot of time to pass before dropping a slot sequel, but Play'n GO has plenty of business savvy, so let's see if we can work out why the team decided to create number 2.
The original Sweet Alchemy was one of the studio's cluster-paying slots that followed in the footsteps of hits like Reactoonz or Moon Princess but didn't seem to gain the same level of success. There must have been interest, though, because the hat-wearing alchemist is back in the vaguely anime-like Sweet Alchemy 2. The alchemist hangs out next to a game grid in a cartoonishly sweet fantasy land, where she presumably resides in the gingerbread mansion sitting on the hill in the top left corner of the display. There's a ton of on-screen chocolate; too, however, chocolate is used to block positions on the game grid, which need to be completely removed to progress to the free spins feature.
Speaking of the game grid, it contains 81 positions on its 9x9 sized board, but at the start of each base game spin, only a space of 5x5 in the middle of it is active. When at least 4 matching symbols land, connecting vertically and or horizontally, a winning cluster is formed, and two things happen. One, the winning symbols are removed from the grid, and others drop down to fill the empty positions. Two, an equal number of chocolate blocks are destroyed while increasing the active grid size and letting more symbols in on the cascade. Highly volatile, players can select a stake of 10 p/c to £/€100 for each paid symbol drop.
Sweet Alchemy 2 lands 8 regular paying symbols on its game board, all of which look like candies of varying colours and shapes. Hitting a base level four-of-a-kind cluster pays 0.2 to 1 times the bet, whereas cluster wins of 20+ matching symbols pay 50 to 250 times the stake. In addition, two wild symbols may appear – Striped Wilds and Gobstopper Wilds, both substitute for all regular symbols. Striped Wilds remove the row and column when used in a win, while the Gobstopper Wild lands with up to 5 lives.
Sweet Alchemy 2: Slot Features
When players manage to destroy all chocolate blocks in the base game, Sweet Alchemy 2 awards them with 4 free spins where 2x2 size merged symbols may land. Chocolate blocks remain in play, and removing them all awards another +4 free spins and increase the size of merged symbols each time. The first retrigger allows 3x3 merged symbols, and the second retrigger allows 4x4 merged symbols. It is possible to win up to 12 free spins in total.
In addition, a meter appears on the side of the screen during the round, indicating a collection feature. When the required number of symbols are collected, players win potion bottles. Each potion bottle awards a spin in the bonus round, which comes after free spins. When free spins end, the bonus round plays if applicable. A segmented wheel spins to potentially award a multiplier of up to x25. This multiplier is used to boost the total win produced during free spins.
Sweet Alchemy 2: Slot Verdict
Whilst recognisably related to Sweet Alchemy numero uno, Sweet Alchemy 2 diverts from the first game in a number of ways, offering a different sort of challenge for keen players to take up. Whereas before, you had to collect winning symbols to eventually trigger free spins, now the objective is destroying all of those pesky chocolate blocks from view. In some ways, Sweet Alchemy 2 was like Relax Gaming's cluster-busting bonanza Cluster Tumble, though the train of consecutive wins here weren't anywhere near as lengthy. The alchemist lady's commentary is back too, which may or may not be a great thing, depending on your view.
The vocals do kind of fit with the magic, candy vibe, which might seem charming, but Sweet Alchemy 2 can be a pretty challenging game that didn't do a whole lot until the choc blocks had been destroyed. Then, free spins activate, and again, they could be a challenge, too. For starters, you only get four spins which doesn't leave much room to manoeuvre, and while we managed to go all the way to the second stage of the bonus and snag a win multiplier, it wasn't unheard of for free spins to fizzle out after the initial four had been awarded. Pretty volatile then, by the looks, and with 10,000x the bet up for grabs, compared to the original's 3,000x, Sweet Alchemy 2 technically has the energy to get ballistic if it goes off the charts cray cray.
It's unlikely that chaos would have reigned supreme if Sweet Alchemy 2 hadn't been released, yet it's not a bad cluster-paying sweet slot at all. It's both similar and different enough to whet the appetites of fans of the original looking for a new yet familiar experience. Alongside the challenge of the block-destroying dynamic, the theme is likely to be equally divisive, but for the right player, Sweet Alchemy 2 could be just the blend they're looking for.
It’s unlikely that chaos would have reigned supreme if it hadn’t been released, but for the right player, Sweet Alchemy 2 could be just the blend they’re looking for.