I have to admit, live dealer games have never been my first choice when it comes to online casino entertainment, but when something new and exciting comes out in this genre, something worth making a fuss about, then you’ll definitely see me throwing a few quarters in the machine to test it out.
Pragmatic Play has recently come out with a tasty treat to be added to their live games portfolio, and it comes just in time for the holidays. Does the name Sweet Bonanza ring a bell? Some of the die-hard players out there might recognize this as the name of one of Pragmatic’s hit slots released back in 2019, which now also has a Christmas edition.
But the provider has now decided to expand the Sweet Bonanza brand even more with a live casino makeover, resulting in a new game show-style live casino game called Sweet Bonanza Candyland, broadcast from a brand new, specially built studio.
When I heard about the news that this new game is finally live, I knew I had to test it out and was happy to find that many of our top-rated casinos already had the game, so here’s what I found.
How does Sweet Bonanza Candyland work?
Since it’s a game show, there will be one or two presenters spinning the wheel and entertaining the players at any given time. Now, if you appreciate good looks, then you’re going to love these presenters – they’re pretty enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen! But enough about that, we’re not here for the eye candy we’re here for the cash so let’s get to the game.
The wheel is separated into 5 segments and there are six separate betting options, each represented by numerous segments that are scattered around the wheel. Four of these betting options are numbers that award a fixed payout multiplier if you bet on the position and the wheel lands on it, with a possible 1x, 2x, 5x or 10x win multiplier. The other positions on the wheel consist of three additional bonuses.
The Sweet Bonanza Candyland Sweet Spins Bonus
The main bonus game is called Sweet Spins and if you’ve bet on this position and the wheel lands on it, you’ll receive 10 free spins with the same mechanics as the Sweet Bonanza slot which are played out live on the big screen.
This is where the game seamlessly combines virtual reality with a real-life environment, giving the player a truly immersive experience. The presenter will pull on the lever to spin the reels, and the game will play out as it does on the popular slot at the same bet value as you were playing with during the base game.
The Candy Drop Bonus
The second bonus game is called Candy Drop which will be triggered when the wheel lands on the Candy Drop segment. If you have a bet on this position, you will then have the opportunity to take part in this multiplier bonus game, which is played on a virtual Plinko wall maze.
This is certainly one of the most fun parts of the game but it might take a while to get there as the Candy Drop bonus only takes up two segments of the wheel, so you basically have a 1 in 27 chance of this feature triggering. Although I have to say, it’s definitely worth the wait – I managed to get there just before my funds ran out and ended up playing for much longer with my winnings after the round.
Sugar Bomb Feature
One thing that I thought was pretty cool is that Pragmatic has included one of the symbols from the original Sweet Bonanza slot to feature as a third bonus in the new Candyland live game version.
In the original slot, the Sugar Bomb symbol represents a random multiplier between 2x and 100x, but in the live game, when the wheel lands on the Sugar Bomb segment, a random multiplier of up to 10x will drop, and a free respin will be triggered.
Final thoughts on Sweet Bonanza Candyland
Something I really do appreciate in this game is the quality of the presenters. They have some hilarious catchphrases and jokes and also do their best to keep the players entertained which they do very well. The dynamic lighting, bright colors, animations and sounds are a total sensory experience and I can certainly see myself spending hours playing if the bankroll permits.
This is definitely one of the better game show-style live games I’ve played. It reminds me a little of Crazy Time from Evolution, who we all know is the industry leader in live gaming. But Pragmatic is certainly on top form with their live casino game releases lately and even managed to take the title for Live Casino Provider of the Year at the SIGMA Europe awards this year.
Have fun playing! And remember to share your thoughts in the comments section below ✌️