Fruit vs Candy Basic information:
When you think of modern small online games what do you think of? I can't predict exactly, I'm not psychic, but chances there are three things that came to mind. These are birds, both angry and flappy, candy and fruit. Fruit vs Candy decided to blend two of these into one of their most popular pokies.
Created by the talented folks responsible for the Microgaming gaming software, one of the most popular and powerful gambling software systems ever developed, Fruit vs Candy is a pokie game released at the beginning of February, 2017. It was only a matter of time before someone jumped on this theme, and it looks like Microgaming has finally gotten on board. You don't need a sweet tooth to love this game, though it might help.
As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems, such is the versatility on offer.
Fruit vs Candy comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1
- The maximum coins bet sits at 15
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.1
- The return to player offered by this game sits at just over 95.5%, somewhere around average.
The game also lets you choose between playing the fruit or candy version, which is toggled via the button towards the upper-right of the game. This changes the symbols and themes and is a fun little addition.
In terms of options, this game covers all the basics which you would expect from the options tab. This is accessed by pressing the purple up arrow on the bottom right corner of the game. Users have the ability to operate a volume slider to turn down or mute the noise from the game. Fruit vs Candy also comes with the option to toggle off individual sounds, these include game sounds, win sounds and background sounds.
Also on offer are two different graphical settings of Basic and Enhanced. These allow a greater range of devices to experience the game without suffering performance issues. There is also a quickspin button in the options menu, which is used to speed up the reels.
Additional options are found by clicking the up arrows under the credits, bets and win buttons. Auto-play options can also be found by simply clicking on the autoplay button. The credits options allow the user to switch between displaying in coins, credits or coins and credits. The bet options allow the user to change their coin size and total coins wagered in addition to a max bet button. Win options show the top 5 winners as well as recent winners. This can be displayed in both coins and credits.
Other Helpful Additions
The autoplay button give the player access to 10x, 25x, 50x and 100x quickspin options. The user can also choose to keep spinning until the stop button is clicked, or they can click custom to set further rules. These further rules allow the player to enter a custom amount of spins to complete and choose between two spin-end settings. The first of these settings allows the player to stop when all spins are complete. The second allows the spins to stop when wins equal or exceed a certain amount.
Also offered on the game itself is question mark icon which, when clicked, leads the user to a help page to answer any basic questions which the user might have. An additional tab to the right side of the game lets the player check payouts and combinations information.
Finally, Fruit vs Candy offers a statistics button which, when clicked, allows the player to see a variety of helpful information. This includes highest wins, spins player, spins per hour and session time. Note that these stats do not persist through sessions.
With the popularisation of Facebook games, and the increasing power of mobile devices, there was an enormous rise in the amount of gaming which was performed in these locations and devices. As the users of this site and these devices did not usually have a huge amount of time on their hands they tended towards smaller and quicker casual games. These could be picked up quickly, played quickly, and dropped quickly if something came up.
Among the most popular of these games were Fruit Ninja and Candy Crush. These games became absurdly popular, making their creators many millions of dollars a year despite being, ostensibly, free to play. Following this a whole bunch of other companies decided to get on board with the idea. This included dozens of ripoffs which stuck to these themes, in attempts to gain even a small portion of the success which these early games enjoyed. Most of these were awful, though occasionally a talented developer would come along and adapt the theme into something new and interesting. Fruit vs Candy by Microgaming is one of these developers.
While the theme is overplayed by now, and the graphics are nothing new, this is an uncommon adaption rather than a simple copy, and for that alone Microgaming is worthy of praise.
Is the game itself any good? Well, keep reading.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of a symbol which switches between a WILD and Fruit vs Candy icon.
- 3 of these give a bonus of 52.5
- 4 give a bonus of 150
- 5 give a bonus of 450
These can substitute for any icon except the scatter symbol.
On any non-winning spin a the Goodie Bag feature can randomly be activated. When this appears the player is awarded up to a 20x multiplier on the bet which was placed in that spin.
The scatter symbol appears as the word SCATTER on top of a colourful background. This does not need to appear on a enabled payline to win and cannot appear during the free-spins bonus game.
- 2 scatter icons give a bonus of 45
- 3 scatter icons give a bonus of 90
- 4 scatter icons give a bonus of 450
- 5 scatter icons give a bonus of 2250
Free Spins Games and Sugar Rush
Gaining 3 or more scatter symbols on one spin starts the Bonus Wheel bonus game. The type of free spins game accessed depends on whether the player is playing the Fruit or Candy version of Fruit vs Candy.
The Fruit free spin game removes any A,K,Q,J and 10 symbols that land after the spin. Each of these icons which are removed are added to the players stash. Additional winnings are gathers after these symbols are removed. This free spin game will continue until all of these royal cards have been removed.
The Candy free spin game allows the wilds to stack. Each reel which has a wild stack is designated as sweetened. Once all reels are sweetened the game ends. The bonus game will also end if the player manages to reach 50 free spins. In this scenario a random bonus amount will be gifted to the player.
Wins are automatically collected during free spins and free spins cannot be reactivated during the free spin bonus games.
Finally we have the Sugar Rush Bonus. This bonus game is activated randomly on any non-winning spin. During this bonus game all high symbols award cash prizes and only a single scatter symbol is needed in order to trigger the relevant free spin bonus game.
How to Play:
There are a few ways to play Fruit vs Candy, depending on how involved and customised you want the process to be. For simple play the user need only select their bet and click spin. To customise further the player can click on the bet tab to select both coin size and the total coins bet. This also gives the user access to a max bet button. As this is a way-to-win game the player cannot choose how many paylines they wish to activate.
By clicking the autoplay button the user can access the quickspin options which allow a quick select of 10, 25, 50 or 100 auto spins, or to spin until the user manually stops the spin process. The custom button in this tab allows the player to enter their own amount of spins as well as stop when either this number of spins are completed or when a certain amount is won or exceeded.
Overall Design and Usability:
If you've ever played Candy Crush or Fruit Ninja you'll be immediately familiar with the layout on offer by Fruit vs Candy. Each variant has different icons and background, all of which are well suited to the two themes. This is one of those games where the animated pictures of fruit and candy, while being cartoonish, look utterly mouthwatering. If you have a sweet tooth and find that this makes you crave sugar then this might not be great for you. Otherwise the design is standard, though solid. The option to limit the graphics takes away a lot of the charm and most of the animation, but it still hold up quite well.
In terms of usability, if you've played a modern offering by Microgaming you'll know what you're in for here. It's apparent that Microgaming starts with a framework when they create their games, and while this allows quick understanding it can also lead to situations where the game seems less original than it might be otherwise. That is not to say that the design is bad, by any means. It works very well, and the limited graphics mode allows players on less powerful hardware to partake.
Where to find it:
As is common with websites that utilise the Microgaming software platform, Fruit vs Candy is available on a great many sites. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check it out, Fruit vs Candy might already be on offer.
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One of our favourites. This two modes on offer by this game give great variety. Combined with the multiple bonuses on offer this makes this a very appealing game. Great graphics and the option to reduce the requirements don't hurt either. The only real downside is the lack of selectable paylines, if that matters to you as a player. Microgaming continues to improve, and this game is a fine illustration of that.
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