It was about time someone tapped into the obsessive (and compulsive) craze that the Candy Crush and other similar puzzle games on smartphones are causing. Rightly named, Bubble Craze is the latest release by IGT and we think it would be fair to call it a novelty game. Bordering on the genre of arcade and piggybacking on the success of the smartphone puzzle games, Bubble Craze is bound to gain a massive following because besides being highly addictive, there is also money to be won! And you can find the game at Kerching, which is now also offering a 15K giveaway if you play Bubble Craze this week!
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|Release Date||December 2014|
|Slot type||Slot / arcade|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Desktop|
|Return to Player (RTP)||92.65% – 96.20%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||9 reels / 50 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||1p to 50p per payline; max £25 per bet|
|Free Spins||5 free spins|
|Features||Free spins bonus round, multipliers, transform bubbles|
|Pros||Frequent payouts and innovative design|
|Cons||RTP is a little low|
As already mentioned in the introduction, the gameplay of Bubble Craze is quite special, although it might not be the first fusion or novelty slot. While most software providers chase video slots and include increasingly complex video features and bonus games, Bubble Craze has its own set of fun-tastic features that will never become boring. It's a world of colourful bubbles, some of which can transform or multiply to maximise your wins. If you are truly lucky, you can get up to 19 matching bubbles for a massive payout! If you've read our reviews on Pocket Fruity's Candy Cash and Jackpot Joyride, you already know the joys of playing on well-conceived novelty slots.
Although they don't truly count as reels, there are 9 ‘reels' and 50 paylines on Bubble Craze. The amount that you can bet ranges from just 1p to 50p per payline, allowing you to bet a maximum of £25.0 per spin. This should keep most players happy! We have classed this slow as low risk, as the winnings occur frequently – there are just too many coloured bubble combinations that can occur – and the win-maximising features are incredible generous and addictive!
First of all, the multipliers of 2x or 5x appear regularly on the screen. The multiplier's colour has to match that of the surrounding bubbles to score a win and that win is then multiplied by two or five. If you happen to get two multipliers in a winning combination, the higher multiplier will be applied, but the multipliers don't multiply each other, if that makes sense?
Second, there are the transform bubbles. When they appear in a cluster, they transform all of the neighbouring bubbles to the same colour as itself. You can even get multiple transform bubbles on a single spin, but all of them will be of the same colour. Multipliers won't change colour during the transformation, so there is no combination possible there. Yet, the transform bubble will ensure that at least five bubbles of the same colour form a cluster, which means you win cash!
Third, there are the scatter bubbles that look like a big bang has gone off inside of them. If three of these appear anywhere on the screen and they are of any colour, it will trigger the five free spins round. During these free spins, there will be more multiplying and transforming bubbles added to the stock of bubbles. The only bummer is that another free spins round cannot be re-triggered during the free spins round itself. Small sacrifice.
Are you dizzy from all of the bubble combinations yet? If not, then it might be worthwhile mentioning that different colour combinations have different levels of payouts, but you will get used to it all as you start playing.
As with other novelty games, Bubble Craze wouldn't be special if it didn't mess with the usual reel slot action. Instead of reels in the old fashioned sense, the game is aided by the mesmerising action of bubbles bursting, accompanied by quite a mystical, aquatic sound and then reappearing from the bottom of the sea (aka your screen) to bring you winning combinations.
While the game is idle, the bubbles gently float and sway underwater, which is kind of hypnotising. If you love your fish tank or are simply in love with anything related to water, you will be delighted to play this game. The overall performance is excellent too, with no lagging or glitches. Did we mention there are lots of bubbles too? Just kidding!
The game is optimised for vertical game-play, although if you prefer playing in landscape, there are ways around it. The game looks beautiful, the sounds and actions are addictive, all of which makes us want to recommend it to all, who are perhaps a little sick of the traditional slots.
Whereas to most people, the image on the left would depict a novelty slot – aka an old-school, vintage slot – that is not what we mean by it. Bubble Craze is just one example of software developers being innovative and creative when it comes to the traditional slots. They change some of the regular features of slots, such as the reel action or the reels themselves and make them into something completely new.
Novelty games are perfect if you feel like taking a break from slots, or if the slots with exactly the same features yet different “themes” have gotten the best of you. Novelty games will be a breath of fresh air if you are on the lookout for new features, new ways to create winning combinations and perhaps more frequent payouts. Just watch out – puzzle games such as Bubble Craze are as addictive as all the candy and bubble games on your smartphone. This can become a good thing though if you swap your favourite smartphone game and start playing to win money – anytime, anywhere your entertainment habit can earn you that takeaway dinner and much more!
I love this game! I'm not a big fan of games that pretend to be different, but in reality are exactly the same as twenty other games on the same and a dozen other sites. Bubble Craze offers a weird combination of soothing, aquating sounds and calming graphic effects (sort of like bubble wrap), but it also has massive payouts that are also frequent. This makes the game addictive and even better that I can catch up on it wherever I am, because it's flawlessly adapted to be played on mobiles. Kerching! now offer a share of 15K if you play Bubble Craze this week, so what are you waiting for?
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