During our previous Microgaming review here on the site, which covered the Asian-themed 108 Heroes, we noted that the developer had pulled one of its most tried and tested tricks, basically releasing the same game twice, just with drastically different themes involved. That is the case here on Sugar Parade, as while it might well be set in Asia, it could be just about anywhere in the world as it is all about sweets and candy. Taking the themes out of the equation and looking at the visuals objectively, this is definitely the better-looking of the two games, although knowing what to expect from the gameplay means that we are not all that excited about what else lies in store.
What to Expect
Given that we already know that the gameplay on Sugar Parade is pretty standard, we may as well spend a little longer on the graphics as they are almost good enough to make the game worth checking out in their own right. Even the playing card icons are decent, but the themed symbols are suitably implemented as the stars of the show and it is clear that plenty of time was spent on their character creation. The Sugar Parade logo is the wild card on the game and it stands out in the crowd so you will always know it is there, but with just fifteen win lines on offer, it can be harder to make much use of it than you might think.
The first of two features is a pick bonus, which is available when players land three or more king candies on a win line. Twelve symbols are displayed and the number of available picks equals the triggering symbols. You will be able to pick up a bit of instant cash here, although we would not rely on this round to get rich!
The free spins bonus is a bit better in terms of value, although it is still every bit as standard as players will have come to expect. Three or more ice cream scatters, which happen to be playing the trumpet for some reason, will enable players to try their luck with ten retriggerable free games along with a guaranteed three times multiplier on all prizes.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
It is nice to have a choice between two massively different themes on Sugar Parade and 108 Heroes without compromising on the gameplay, but there is no getting away from the fact that the gameplay on this slot is just a bit too uninspired for our tastes. We are past enjoying fifteen win lines and a pick bonus backed by free spins is certainly nothing out of the ordinary. We generally prefer something much more advanced and while there will definitely be an audience out there for this game, we cannot see ourselves playing Sugar Parade again after this review.