Cupcakes was released by NetEnt in july 2022.
The game uses a very colorful theme surrounding, of course, cupcakes.
The reels are a grid of 7 by 6 symbols. And winning combinations consist of 8 or more of the same symbols, anywhere on the screen. They would call this a scatter pays slot.
It also features an avalanche feature. Like for instance the game Gonzo’s Quest. Where winning symbols are removed from the grid and all other symbols fall down. New symbols fall on top. You can get several wins in a row during the same bought spin.
There are no wild symbols on this game, but there are bonus symbols that can appear on all reels.
The game features gumdrop symbols, which are the normal 1×1 symbols. And special Cupcake symbols which are 2×2 in size. Cupcakes will always fall to the bottom of the grid.
When you get a winning combination with gumdrop symbols and there is a matching cupcake on the grid of the same color, the gumdrops are added to that cupcake. When you fill a cupcake with 10 gumdrops, the cupcake multiplier is collected. Cupcakes can have multipliers of x2, x3, x4, x5, x10, x25, x30, x50 and x100. And if you collect more than one cupcake multiplier, they are added together. Multiplier resets between spins.
The Crush Feature is active in both the base game and during free spins. When 5 or more Gumdrops are part of a winning combination over two reels with at least two Gumdrops on each reel this feature is triggered. A Cupcake falls down the reels and will crush all gumdrops on those reels and collect them when possible. Note that this feature will not trigger if the reel pair has a scatter symbol, two Cupcake symbols, or if there are four Cupcakes already on the grid.
3, 4 or 5 bonus symbols will award 10, 13 and 16 free spins respectively.
The only difference in free spins is the fact that the multiplier doesn’t reset between spins and can only increase.
3, 4 and 5 bonus symbols during free spins will add 3, 6 and 9 extra free spins respectively.
You have the option to buy 10 free spins for 100 times your bet.
Cupcakes is a very nice looking game. Very colorful and bright. So I think they used a great theme.
The gameplay is also pretty fun. Especially how those gumdrops are collected and added to the cupcakes. And how these cupcakes increase the general multiplier. Especially during free spins when it doesn’t reset between spins.
But the maximum payout is a negative for me, only 2.762 times your bet is just a bit too low.
I know a lot of players will really enjoy the theme and bonus features. But this game could have done with a higher maximum payout.