Fruit vs Candy Slot
Fruit vs Candy Slot is a 5-reel, 243 'all ways pay' online slot from Microgaming. This slot addresses the age-old question: Which is better for you, fruit or candy (or 'confectionery' as people outside North America call it). If it is down to dental cavities and general health, then there's no doubt that fruit is the hands-down winner. When it comes to treating oneself, a handful of jelly babies or liquorice all-sorts beats a mouldy banana every time.
Of course this argument is only really an argument if you are under thirteen years of age. Ask a ten-year-old which they would prefer, and you're not very likely to find them going for apples and pears.
Things start off very fruity in this slot from Microgaming. All the opening symbols – aside from playing card symbols ten through to ace – are from the fruity family. The citric symbols include blackcurrants, kiwi fruit, pineapple, mandarins and cherries. However if you want you can immediately change to candy mode, in which case your fruity faves are switched for candy treats – jelly beans, gummi bears, candy polos, boiled sweets and lollipops.
This is an 'all ways pay' slot so there are in effect two-hundred and forty-three lines available. You pay thirty coins each time for a spin, and you can select your coin size to be anything from 0.01 to 15.00. When you're ready to either 'get fruity' or 'suck it and see' hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
Whichever way you play, the lowest paying symbol is the ten. Landing three tens in sequence from the left hand reel onwards in any position will win you two coins. The highest paying symbol is the scatter symbol – land a scatter anywhere on each of the reels and you win one and a half thousand coins.
If you land three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels then you trigger free spins. How these spins work depends upon which mode you are playing:
Fruit: Free spins with 'Cash Stash' feature. Any playing card symbols that land are removed from the reels and each removed symbol adds cash to your stash. You may also gain new winning combinations when the symbols are replaced. Free spins continue until all playing cards have been stashed, and then your cash stash prize is awarded.
Candy: Free spins with 'Sweet Reel Feature'. Full candy sweet stacks sweeten the reels, then the sweetened reels turn single wilds into stacked wilds. Free spins continue until all the reels are 'sweetened', or fifty free spins have been played (whichever occurs sooner). If you manage to survive fifty bonus spins then you receive an extra bonus.
The 'Sugar Rush' bonus can occur at any time in the base game. When this happens all non-playing card symbols award cash prizes, and you only need a single scatter to trigger free spins.
The 'Fruit vs Candy' symbol is wild in this game and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbol.
The 'Goodie Bag' feature can appear randomly on any non-winning spin and awards a random cash prize.
While this slot is a vary basic-looking one and uses a lot of Microgaming's basic 'Quickfire' online slots game engine defaults and symbols, it is still a game worth playing thanks to the gameplay aspects. The 'fruit' or 'candy' option is really just a gimmick, but at least you do get a different bonus game depending upon which choice you make. Play this slot by all means, but remember that playing the 'fruit' option does not count as one of your five a day!