Microgaming Launches Fruit vs. Candy Pokie

Tia Winter | 9 February 2017

The new video pokie that industry legend Microgaming announced late last year, Fruit vs. Candy, was recently released and can be enjoyed at your favourite Microgaming casino. The game can be played equally smoothly and easily from a desktop, Android or iOS device.

Pokies games are always good solutions for playing on the go, and Fruit vs. Candy continues this trend. Aside from being able to choose how you want to play the game, the other hook with Fruit vs. Candy is that you can actually choose which game you want to play.

You can choose to play in Fruit Mode or Candy Mode, with each having their own Special Features and Bonus Rounds. In addition to the standard Playing Card Symbols, the Fruit Mode features different fruit as its higher symbols and the Candy Mode features, predictably enough, jelly teddies and other sweets.

Great Bonus Features

The Free Spins Round in the Fruit Mode is triggered when 3 or more Scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels, and in the Candy Mode when a single Scatter lands anywhere on the middle reel. The Free Spins in the Fruit Mode are played as a kind of Rolling Reels game, and is called the Cash Stash Feature, which Microgaming is quite well known for.

The twist in the Candy Mode is that all higher symbols can appear stacked. When a reel is completely stacked it will be Sugared and will freeze, meaning you can create continual stacked Wilds for the duration of the Candy Mode Free Spins. The Round only ends when all 5 reels have been Sugared.

Packed Full of Tasty Treats

The other Bonus in the Candy Mode is the Sugar Rush Bonus, and in the Fruit Mode it’s the Goodie Bag Feature. They’re both triggered randomly after a non-winning round. The Goodie Bag Feature is simply that a Goodie Bag will appear on the screen and reveal a cash prize, while in the Sugar Rush every high symbol on the screen will award a specific cash prize. Any Scatters, anywhere, will also trigger a Free Spins Round.

Modes to Suit your Mood

The Bonus Rounds and Special Features of the Fruit and Candy modes are quite different, but the games have basic things in common too. They’re both played out over 5 reels with the now-famous 243 Ways to Win payline structure, and they feature the well-executed graphics and sounds that everyone now expects of any Microgaming mobile pokies game.

The simple theme seems to be something of a nod to the original pokies machines of days gone by, and are also inspired by games like Candy Crush. However, the gameplay and potential rewards are thoroughly modern.