Tasty Treats

(Hacksaw Gaming) Slot Review

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Tasty Treats: Slot Overview

Get your toothbrushes ready, players; developer Hacksaw Gaming has padded out their Pocketz range with a slot based around sugar, candy, and all those things grown-ups try to limit kids from eating. It's funny, adults can eat all the candy they darn well please, but often avoid sugary treats to keep waistlines in check. Maybe this causes a repressed craving for all things sweet, which is why the candy theme is so popular in online slots? Whatever the case, it's time for Hacksaw Gaming to indulge in a game full of sweet stuff, Bubble Boosters, Free Spins, and a big fluffy monster…

With a look reminiscent of Sweet Bonanza, just about everything visual in Tasty Treats has the potential to hurt your teeth. From the mountains of candy floss to the towering candy canes to the syrupy goop covering the screen between game phases. All is accompanied by a ukulele sounding backing track to complete the lolly filled fantasy. Taking part is possible on any device, selecting stakes from 20 p/c to £/€100 per paid symbol drop.

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Tasty Treats is a cluster paying grid slot played on a 5-row, 6-column game board. Clusters are created when at least 5 matching symbols land, connecting vertically and/or horizontally. When a win hits, it is removed by the reaction mechanism, allowing existing symbols to fall into the spaces, potentially leading to chain reactions of clusters. On the mathematical side of things, regular wins occur every four spins or so (24%), leading to a default theoretical return value of 96.21%, though the RTP may be found lower than this. Volatility is high, which is not unusual for a Hacksaw slot no matter how cute, while the max win is fairly impressive as well.

Now for a quick run-through of symbols before getting to the tastier bits. Ten regular pay symbols make up the table, the first five being hard candies, while the high pays are glazy baked goods of various kinds. The largest clusters consist of 15+ matching symbols, and premium wins at this level are worth 50 to 60 times your stake. The dripping cone thing is the wild, dropping anywhere on the grid to substitute all symbols except the free spins symbol.

Tasty Treats: Slot Features

During the base game, Bubble Boosters appear, bringing wilds or multipliers with them. Bubbles appear in greater numbers during free spins, which can be triggered organically or bought.

Bubble Boosters

Keep an eye out for the bubbles, which may appear at any time in the game and burst over a random grid position. Bubbles appear in various sizes and contain overlaying multipliers or wild symbols. If multipliers land on a winning cluster, the value is multiplied by the applicable value. Each spin or collapse has the chance of triggering 1-5 Bubbles in sizes of 1x1, 2x2, or 3x3. Bubbles may land fully or partially in view. The smallest Bubbles contain 1 feature symbol, while the largest hold up to 9 of them. The multiplier values range from x2 to x100, and if more than one land on the same position or the same winning cluster, their values are added together before being applied.

Monster Hand

The Monster Hand triggers randomly to remove symbols from the grid to make way for new ones to drop in. Monster Hands take all symbols from the first three columns, or the last three columns, or all.

Free Spins

Land 3 scatter symbols in the base game to trigger free spins. When activated, each scatter symbol transforms into a number. The sum of these numbers translates to the amount of awarded free spins from 6 to 15. The benefit of triggering free spins is that there are more Bubble Boosters compared to the main game, whilst free spins can also be retriggered by landing at least one scatter symbol on the grid.

Buy Bonus

If buying the bonus round is a possibility, it can be done so at the cost of 129x the bet. This instantly drops the required 3 scatter symbols on the next spin, taking you directly to the bonus round.

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The randomly triggered symbol removal feature in action

Tasty Treats: Slot Verdict

Hacksaw Gaming has worked its way into a highly productive groove and Tasty Treats is typical of their work. However, Tasty Treats wasn't as immediately interesting as other Hacksaw releases since it looks a lot like a bunch of other candy based slots. The fact the bonus game isn't overly inventive doesn't help boost interest either. Entertainment is in the eye of the beholder, however, and Tasty Treats could be a good choice for players after a simple grid slot, with several effective features and a big chunky cherry of potential on top.

Perhaps Hacksaw's heart wasn't as deep-set on the project as it normally is. It's as if some non-gaming executive at the studio took a look over Hacksaw's recent releases, got confused and sent down a memo to do something closer to what everyone else is and landed on candy. We jest, of course, and Tasty Treats is still a neat release that would suit some on the go gambling, or desktop is fine too, unlike what other mobile-focused studios do for some reason.

The lack of excitement over Tasty Treats might be because instead of something new and scandalous for the bonus games, free spins are basically base game spins, with a sprinkling of extra Bubble Boosters. Moreover, as we've also seen in Hop'N'Pop, the overlaying multipliers may be the cause of some frustration (confusion?) since they only apply to the actual symbol they sit on instead of acting as multiplier wilds. In any case, it would have been nice to see the bonus round pop out a bit more since we are used to Hacksaw cooking up something extra fiendish for the bonus rather than just serving more of the same. Having said so, we know Hacksaw games can step it up when they pop, and Tasty Treats is unlikely to be any different, maxing out at 10,000x the bet.

While Tasty Treats was fun to play, it's not exactly Hacksaw's best work and made less of a mark than others we've reviewed from them recently, like say, Wanted Dead or A Wild, Stack' Em, or Hop'N'Pop. Hacksaw consistently releases playable slots, and Tasty Treats is too; it's just not as uniquely imaginative compared to what the studio usually does.

Great

Tasty Treats serves up some fine grid slot but the fact that free spins are so close to base game spins is unusual for Hacksaw and slightly dents Tasty Treats’ desirability.

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