NetEnt did not only release a Christmas slot this month called Wonders of Christmas, they also released Cupcakes.
Cupcakes is one of those very colorful, candy themed slot games, like for instance Sugar Rush by Pragmatic Play. And uses a lot of the same mechanisms.
The game comes with a grid of 7 by 6 symbols. And a winning combination consists of 8 or more of the same symbols, anywhere on screen. Meaning the game uses scatter pays.
On top of that the game features the avalanche feature NetEnt also uses on for instance Gonzo’s Quest. Winning symbols are removed from the grid and all symbols fall down. New symbols fall on top. You can get several wins in a row during the same spin.
The game doesn’t feature any wild symbols. But there are bonus symbols that can appear on all reels.
Cupcakes comes with a maximum payout of 2.762 times your bet. Which is a bit low.
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.
Free Spins Feature
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.
I think NetEnt created a very nice looking game. Cupcakes are always very colorful and bright and so is this game. So I do like the theme.
The gameplay itself is also not bad. It’s fun how those gumdrops are collected and added to the cupcakes. ANd how these cupcakes increase the multiplier. Especially during free spins when it doesn’t reset.
But the maximum payout of not even 3.000 times your bet doesn’t seem to match. This isn’t a low or even medium volatile game. Then I would understand a lower maximum payout. This game is high volatile, so it should be able to pay like a high volatile game. And 2.762 times is way too low for a game like that.
I’m sure a lot of players will enjoy the theme and features. But this game could have been a lot more interesting with a much higher maximum payout.
Check out Cupcakes at any top NetEnt casino.