Sweet Bonanza (Pragmatic Play): Review
Whether you prefer to indulge in candy or fresh fruit, there's plenty of both in Sweet Bonanza - a 6-reel, win all ways slot powered by Pragmatic Play. The core gameplay is based on the Tumble feature which means that winning combinations sets off chain reactions where winning symbols are removed and replaced with new ones, thus allowing you to win consecutively. Although it's been around for some time now, it's a type of game engine that has grown increasingly popular in recent years as it somewhat extends the gameplay and lets players interact with the slot in a way that more resembles cross-platform video games.
In Sweet Bonanza, aside from having the relatively large 6x5 playground at your disposal, you also get a set of compelling features to keep you on your toes. The highlight involves a free spins bonus where random multipliers can drop to boost your wins by up to 100x. First, however, you need to decide whether to play at bet level 20x or 25x. At bet level 20x (from 0.20 to 100€ per spin), you're given the option to purchase the free spins bonus for a cost of 100 times your stake. At bet level 25x (0.25 to 125€ per spin), the bonus buy option is disabled and instead more scatters are added to the reels, doubling your chances of triggering the bonus.
You're invited to a bizarre Willy Wonka type world here, all made out of ice cream, cakes and candy. With a burst of colour, on the reels you'll see an assortment of gem-shaped candy and fruit symbols that include apples, plums, melons, grapes and bananas. More valuable are the green, blue and purple bonbons. The top symbol is the red heart-shaped candy - it gives you 40 times your stake if you land 12 to 30 of them simultaneously anywhere on the reels.
Sweet Bonanza (Pragmatic Play): Features
Sweet Bonanza is a medium to high variance slot that is pretty much all about the Free Spins bonus. To trigger it, you need to land 4, 5 or 6 lollipop scatter symbols simultaneously - this will give you 2, 4 or 80 times your stake and 10 free spins. Whenever 3 or more scatters land during the feature, 5 extra free spins are added to your total.
The fundamentals here are the same as in the base game but with the added benefit of random multipliers. Keep an eye out for the sugar bombs! These carry multiplier values ranging from 2x to a whopping 100x and will boost your payouts accordingly.
Sweet Bonanza (Pragmatic Play): Verdict
Sweet Bonanza cannot be accused of raising your glucose level, but the blood pressure might very well hit a few spikes seeing the great potential on offer here which can reach up to a massive 21,100 times your stake in the bonus. Visually, it gives a sort of messy and cluttered impression we have to say and the actual gameplay is a bit confusing initially as the symbols don't have to actually connect from reel-to-reel in order to form winning combinations, though you soon get used to it.
The base game is rather tedious as there's little to hope for here aside from triggering the bonus. When you do, however, it literally makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. The feature is built in such way that it allows for a lot of excitement - when you see a massive multiplier sugar bomb hit the reels, you first have to wait for the Tumble feature to run its course while hoping for it to grow as large as possible, knowing it will get the multiplier treatment once completed. Excellent!
Though not the best Pragmatic Play slot we've ever played, it's undoubtedly another good title to leave their assembly line. Just don't overindugle on the sweets, it's not good for you.
A spoonful of sugar helps Sweet Bonanza go down.