With games like Spacequest and Rocky Reactors, Big Time Gaming tries to shake up old notions of what slots should look like. But they also produce standard games that are all built around the same structure and gameplay. These slots include Vegas Dreams, Feathered Frenzy and Gold.
Fruit Cake fits into this latter category. It’s a five-reel three-row slot with 20 standard paylines. It has one scatter that leads to a single feature game, but otherwise relies on the regular reel.
On the positive side, Fruit Cake is easy to learn and follow. On the other hand, it offers nothing unique other than an ill-conceived wild symbol.
Fruit Cake is available in paid and free versions on mobile and desktop platforms.
The 5×3 slot is surrounded by pink lights and frosting. Above the reels, animation explains how the special symbols function. Gameplay buttons are found beneath the sugary slot.
Bets are adjustable in two ways. The “Stake/Line” buttons adjust the per line wager between 0.01 and 10.00. Between one and 20 paylines are set with the “Line” arrows. “Spin” starts a single play. “Autoplay” sets up to 25 consecutive spins. Explanations of the features and symbols are found through “View Pays” button.
With a pair of exceptions, wins are awarded when three or more matching symbols line up adjacently from left to right, starting at the leftmost reel, on a played payline.
Fruit Cake uses playing card values, from 9 to Ace, as its lowest paying symbols. Oddly, 9 through King all pay the same. The game switches to fruit for its higher paying icons. In order of increasing value, they are: Cherries, Lemons, Grapes and Watermelon. Meanwhile, a Triple Bar icon pays the same as the Watermelon. Fruit Cake appears to have recycled the fruit symbols from Mr. Multiplier slot, or vice versa.
Speaking of Mr. Multiplier, it certainly looks like that creepy rascal is back as Fruit Cake’s wild symbol. In order to score more sweets, he’s painted himself yellow and glued on a moustache. He also squeaks in a vaguely ethic accent that exists somewhere between Chico Marx and Borat. It would probably be offensive if it were intelligible.
The wild symbol appears on every reel, standing in for any standard icon in a winning payline. The resulting payout is then doubled.
A Pink Cake scatter symbol is also loaded onto every reel. When three or more scatters appear anywhere on a single play, the free spin game begins.
Whether three, four or five scatters start the feature game, 15 spins are always awarded. All fifteen reel fields turn into cupcakes and the bonus spins begin.
There are two major benefits to the game, other than the free spins. First, additional sets of 15 free spins can be won when the scatter cakes show up three or more times. Secondly, all payouts during the bonus spins are 200% higher than those of the regular reels.
While the bonus spin game offers the best wins by tripling the standard game’s payouts, it doesn’t do so for the game’s highest paying combo: five wilds. As a result, four wilds during the bonus game pays almost as much as five wilds. It’s a small quibble, but it’s another odd choice made by the developers.
As unfortunate as the wild symbol character may be, he is the key to compiling wins on the standard reels. Multi-payline wins are a must because single payouts are usually less than the total bet. This circumstance seems to be the norm for this style of Big Time Gaming slots.
Aside from its small quirks, Fruit Cake is a standard 5×3 slot with gameplay that new players can learn quickly. Experienced and aggressive gamers may want to check out Big Time Gaming’s more innovative video slots.