Pragmatic Play always provides high levels of entertainment and their latest Sugar Rush game is no different in that regard. The graphics of the game are as we’d expect from Pragmatic Play and of a very high quality, whilst the features will provide you even more entertainment. Whether Sugar Rush has enough to offer to convince us and also recommend this game? Let’s say that you will find out in this review below as we’ve got some mixed feelings about what Pragmatic Play brings to the table with Sugar Rush. Sometimes they really know how to impress why other games are just less interesting, which isn’t very strange for a developer that launches as many games as Pragmatic Play. In this review you’ll find out more about our moderate enthusiasm for Sugar Rush.
Sugar Rush Review
Sugar Rush is one of the newer casino games brought to you by Pragmatic Play. As you’d might’ve found out already you’re about to visit the “candy heaven”. We’re in a place where pretty much everything is edible, which gives us a world where it is hard to resist all the temptations — at least if you’re always craving candy yourself as well. It’s not the first time this game studio takes us to a place full of candy, as most seasoned players will have heard of the highly sought after Sweet Bonanza pokie whilst Sweet Bonanza Candyland has also turned out to be very popular. The latter variant is even a live casino version of the original title, which gives you an idea of how successful Pragmatic Play has been with candy-like games. In Sugar Rush it’s time to get ready for a thrilling experience where massive win multipliers can be landed. These can deliver winners of up to 5000x the bet.
Nice to know
|Launched||30 June 2022|
|RTP||96.50%, 95.50%, 94.50%|
|Features||Additional Free Spins, Avalanche / Cascading wins, Free Spins, Multipliers, Scatter Symbols, Wild Symbol, Buy Feature, Cluster Pays|
Who doesn’t love sweet treats? Well, we’re sure there are many who can do without candy, but it is this kind of excitement Pragmatic Play hopes to convey through the launch of Sugar Rush. In this colourful pokie you can see huge amounts of candy in the background of the game, which most players won’t mind as it actually sets the tone perfectly. In fact, the whole grid of the game seems to consist of a huge candy machine which is definitely a place that sounds and looks good if you ask us. Once you’re done with checking out all the candies on offer you will need to make your winning combinations on a 7×7 grid by matching identical symbols. These all come in different shapes and colours of candies which is what you will have probably expected by now.
How to Play
Online pokies powered by Pragmatic Play are generally very easy to play. Some may have some unusual grids or special features, but the core often remains the same. This is true for Sugar Rush as well which you’ll quickly discover once you read on. You can start playing Sugar Rush by following the steps:
- Play the demo version and get familiar with the game.
- Login at your favourite online casino and find the pokie in its lobby.
- Click on the online pokie and wait till it completes loading.
- Check out the rules of the game and the paytable.
- Place your bets.
- Click on the spin button.
Sugar Rush has a cluster pays grid of 7 reels and 7 rows. In terms of betting options, this online pokie is suitable for both players on a budget and high rollers as the minimum bet is just $0.20, whilst the maximum stake stands for $100. As the payouts also reflect the bet size, you may want to go for the higher stakes to get at some decent amounts.
A minimum of five or more symbols are needed to make a winning cluster and the symbols must be connected either horizontally or vertically. Winning combinations also activate the tumble feature which is pretty much what this Pragmatic game is all about. A baseline with five symbol clusters is worth between 0.2 and 0.3x the bet if it consists of one of the three different coloured gummy bears, or between 0.4 and 1x the bet for the four higher value candy symbols. Winning clusters of 15+ matching symbols can yield up to 20 and 30x the stake for gummy bears and between 40 and 150x the stake for the rest of the candies.
There are no wilds to be found in the game, but multipliers can be created along the way to potentially improve winning payouts. The RTP of this video pokie comes at a maximum of 96.50%, but due to the varying payout percentages you also have to take into account other RTPs such as 95.50% and 94.50%. Due to these ranging percentages, we recommend that you check this with your online casino before placing a real money wager.
|Orange Gummy Bear||5-15+ = 0.2-20x stake|
|Purple Gummy Bear||5-15+ = 0.25-25x stake|
|Red Gummy Bear||5-15+ = 0.3-30x stake|
|Green Star||5-15+ = 0.4-40x stake|
|Pink Jelly Bean||5-15+ = 0.5-60x stake|
|Orange Heart||5-15+ = 0.75-100x stake|
|Pink Lollipop Head||5-15+ = 1-150x stake|
|Wrapper||Appears in exploded spots and adds multipliers to the position|
|Scatter||3+ triggers Free Spins feature|
As with most cluster pokies, Sugar Rush also has a Tumble feature. In addition, there is a Multiplier Spots feature and a free spins round. This is what you’ll get when it comes to the features as there isn’t a lot more than that to get excited about. Here’s what the features do:
Every time you make a winning cluster in Sugar Rush, the winning symbols will fall off the grid. New symbols then fall in their place from above the grid which is what the Tumble feature is known for. If this results in new clusters, these symbols also fall off the grid to make way for new symbols. This will continue until no more clusters, and thus no more winning combinations, are formed.
Multiplier Spots feature
The multiplier spots feature is closely related to the Tumble feature. Every time winning symbols fall from the grid, their spots are highlighted. When a symbol falls away from that same spot again, a multiplier makes sure to take this spot.
This starts at x2 and doubles each time another Tumble occurs in the same spot. The multiplier can thus grow to a maximum of x128. If there are several multipliers under the same cluster, the values are bundled. During the base game, the multipliers and markers disappear from the grid again for each new spin.
Sugar Rush Free Spins
To reach the free spins round of Sugar Rush you need to land at least 3 scatters on the grid. The number of free spins you get depends on the number of scatters on the grid, but below is an overview of what to expect:
- 3 scatters awards a total of 10 free spins.
- 4 scatters awards a total of 12 free spins.
- 5 scatters awards a total of 15 free spins.
- 6 scatters awards a total of 20 free spins.
- 7 scatters awards a total of 30 free spins.
When you manage to land 3 to 7 more scatters once again during the free spins round, you will again get the above number of free spins added to your total. In this case, the highlighted spots and multipliers of the multiplier spots feature are no longer reset in the bonus round. This means that the multipliers can get higher and higher which consequently also means that the prizes will rise.
Impatient Kiwis who have enough budget, but less time may also purchase access to the free spins feature via the Bonus Buy button. This option is available for players in New Zealand and you get between 3 to 7 triggering scatters guaranteed on the next spin for 100x your stake. Normally, the bonus round triggers 1 in 323 spins on average which should give you an idea of whether the bonus buy is worthwhile or not.
The Sugar Rush pokie is played on a playfield of 7×7 and makes use of the Tumble feature which means that winning symbols disappear once a winning combination is made, quickly making way for new ones that make their way from above once the remaining symbols have fallen to the bottom of the screen. It will continue to do so until no new winning combinations are formed.
Stakes in Sugar Rush range from just $0.20 up to $100 per spin, which should be in line with all budgets. The Sugar Rush RTP comes at a convenient 96.5%, which is well above the 96% average for most of today’s online pokies. At the same time it is very important to note that this is a highly volatile online pokie, which we would rate 5 out of 5. This clearly means that although big wins are definitely possible, they will not land as often as a pokie with lower volatility.
The maximum win of Sugar Rush is 5000x the stake, which isn’t very high, but is still very common for games that are released by Pragmatic Play. Although this developer is one of the best performing studios in the global online casino industry, they are not necessarily well known for their generous max potential wins. The chances of making this max win in Sugar Rush is 1 in 2.34 million which is relatively low although a lucky player managed to scoop a major jackpot of 4,025x the bet in the week of the game’s release. Your best chance of landing it will come in the Free Spins feature as there’s always a chance to get more and more free spins if you land more scatters in the feature.
Visually, Sugar Rush is considered sort of a mix of Sweet Bonanza and Pragmatic Play’s Fruit Party series, but the gameplay is definitely a lot more predictable in this game which is something some players will like, but others won’t. This is not necessarily a bad thing in our opinion and we have quite frankly enjoyed building the multiplier positions. At the same time, it may take a while for the base game to deliver a winner, but the potential is always there to suddenly deliver some great prizes. However, as a player you have to take into account that Pragmatic Play does not like to deviate from the maximum potential win of 5,000x which is also the case in this pokie machine.This is not really a deal breaker because we already took this into account and we knew what to expect. All in all, Sugar Rush is still an entertaining release that fans of sweets and bright colours will enjoy.