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For punters with a sweet tooth, enter the Candy Bars slot game by IGT.
The remarkable thing about the Candy Bars slot is its design.
Instead of the usual 5×3 reels, we have a 4×4 reel setup. In addition to that, we have 50 paylines in operation (although the total bet is 75x your chosen coin value) — the reason for that being there are three hungry progressive jackpots to feed on every spin!
Overview: Candy Bars
The Candy Bars slot is certainly extremely different to the standard 5×3 reel slot.
We’ve already mentioned it is a 4×4 matrix and that there are three progressive jackpots (Snack, King, and Giant) all of which increase in size.
The theme of the game is self-evident, although the approach taken by IGT is to anthropomorphize the candy bars into little people, rather like emojis. This actually works rather well and gives the slot a little added character.
Plus, it allows a wider use of sound effects to enhance the overall experience. The drumbeat soundtrack works superbly as a backdrop to the spinning reels and is reminiscent of the old Adam Ant track “Goody Two Shoes.”
Who will the Candy Bars slot appeal to?
Candy Bars will have broad appeal. First up, the progressive jackpots, which range from hundreds of coins to thousands, to tens of thousands for the Giant jackpot, will certainly bring in players who enjoy these sorts of NJ online slots in particular.
However, fans of the more unusual slots will also love Candy Bars as it has several unusual features, plus a 4×4 layout. Furthermore, Candy Bars are popular with almost every The little candy figures are also quite endearing.
Gameplay: Candy Bars
The online slot Candy Bars is a game that perhaps lulls players into thinking it is a cutesy, simple slot as compared to the standard five-reel game. But what actually follows is an incredibly clever game that combines many different elements to create a highly engaging, enjoyable, and potentially lucrative slot.
Alas, there’s a challenge too.
With just four reels and four symbols on each, there are not as many symbols on the reels as other slots. There are just six different types of symbol.
The first three and the lowest paying symbols are the candy in question. There’s a rather grumpy-looking green jelly, a confused red and white boiled sweet, and a cheerful purple fruit drop in a clear wrapper.
These three low symbols offer the same value wins for three or more on a payline. The higher value symbols are the two ‘7’ symbols. One is a blue ‘7’ on a red backdrop, and one is a red ‘7’ on a blue backdrop.
You can win using any combination of sevens at smaller amounts, but if you land just one type of seven symbol on a payline, then your win is significantly higher.
The only other symbol on the reels is the 2x symbol.
This symbol serves two purposes:
- It acts as the in-game wild substituting for any of the other symbols to create a win.
- It also acts as a multiplier offering 2x any line win that the symbol completes. If you land two 2x symbols on a payline then the win pays out at 4x.
It sounds simplistic, but it is also somewhat more complicated to win than it sounds. All symbols are stacked on the reels, so the potential for big wins is there, but stacked symbols can often block out the chance of other symbols landing, so you don’t win nearly as often as you may think.
In essence, that is the base game, and it plays nicely.
Wins are regular though generally small, but it is possible to land some bigger value base game wins. However, wagering 75 coins per spin can make this slot somewhat costly to play at higher value coin levels.
Additional noteworthy features
There are two other major features that both offer big prize wins.
The first is Blackout wins, which occur when any one symbol occupies all positions on all four reels. These prizes range from 5,000 to 25,000 coins, depending on the symbol landed.
The other feature is the progressive jackpots, and these can be won by landing the four symbols with the chocolate bar progressive background.
If you land the four symbols with this background all on reel two, you win the Snack Size progressive. Land these symbols on reel two and three, you win the King Size progressive.
And lastly, land them on reels two, three, and four, and you win the largest prize in the game: the Giant Size progressive.
Special features: Candy Bars
All symbols, including the 2x wild multiplier, are stacked on the reels, and this can both be a help and a hindrance. It can produce bigger wins, but also prevent you from landing individual symbol wins.
Candy Bars features three different progressives increasing in size:
- Snack Size
- King Size
- Giant Size
The jackpots range from several hundred coins to tens of thousands.
2x wild multiplier
The wild symbol in the game is the 2x symbol, which not only replaces any other symbol in the game to create winning paylines, but can also offer multiplier values of 2x, or even 4x, the stated win.
That is, if two wilds are landed on a single payline.
A trio of progressive jackpots
Any game that boasts a progressive jackpot has an added appeal. With three such jackpots available, Candy Bars certainly has this in spades.
Players can win the progressive on any spin in the base game, which also adds to the slot.
Wild multiplier symbol
The base game is significantly enhanced by the 2x symbol. These wins are vital in what is generally a tight base game that doesn’t pay out, but if you can hit this symbol stacked, particularly on reel two or three, then enormously big base game wins become possible.
Although a simplistic-looking slot with only a few symbols, the musical presentation and graphics are first rate and certainly put many five-reel games to shame.
High variance slot
Although Candy Bars may look somewhat cutesy and sweet, this is a slot with teeth.
The RTP is a variable amount between 91.98 percent and 94.89 percent, which means that unless you budget carefully this is one sweet that can eat its way into your bankroll in double-quick time.
Low base game wins
Part of the issue with the bankroll is that many of the base game wins here are small. Many wins pay just five or 10 coins on a payline, and while you can have several winning paylines on a single spin, you are wagering 75 coins at a time.
Given that, you need to hit a fair number of these paylines or trigger the multiplier bonus to stand any chance of breaking even.
Expensive to play
The fact that this is a 50-payline slot, but requires a 50 percent premium on coins to cover the progressive jackpot, does make this a rather expensive slot to play.
Therefore, you must, must, must budget your bankroll carefully when you play.
Graphics and soundtrack: 4/5
The graphics on the Candy Bars slot are excellent, and the musical accompaniment is outstanding. It is easy to get drawn into the game, and the little characters given to the candy symbols are a nice touch.
Originality and creativity: 4/5
For having made a simpler slot, IGT has crammed a great deal into the Candy Bars slot.
There are three progressives, an entertaining and enjoyable base game, but this is a game that offers players a real challenge if they are to get the better of it and enjoy some of the huge wins available on the slot.
Play value: 1/5
The one big hindrance to this slot is its lack of value on regular wins around your stake level. This is very much a high variance slot, and it plays like one.
If you can cope with that and have the bankroll to play, then you’ll love it. If not, it can prove quite expensive.
Jackpot potential: 4/5
The 25,000-coin jackpot in the Blackout feature is appealing enough, but the chance to win another 30,000 coins at least in the Giant progressive feature gives this slot additional appeal.
With two big jackpots to chase, plus several smaller ones, there’s lots of scope here for the big-money win.
Repeat play: 3/5
The cost per spin is what will keep some lower stakes players from trying this slot repeatedly, and that is perhaps a shame because the Candy Bars slot has a great deal of allure.
I think high-stakes players with larger bankrolls will get immense pleasure from this slot and play it time and time again.
Total score: 16/25
Candy Bars is definitely aimed at higher rollers, but it will certainly appeal more broadly with its range of jackpot prizes, excellent base game, and clever presentation.
It may not be a millionaire-maker in the style of, say, Jackpot Giant or Mega Moolah, but this slot has more than enough to keep players entertained and interested well beyond the first few sessions.
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