Fresh Colour, Fresh Look
Endorphina has a large catalogue of online slots, with something to appeal to almost every market, although they have also managed to bring some creative twists to classic themes, and sail close to the wind without infringing on actual licensing of characters. What they are most known for, though, is a vibrant and fresh take on original themes, and Sparkling Fresh is exactly that, being an updated take on the fruit machines that constituted the original mechanical versions of what we today know as slots.
The game has a pink and fizzy background, reminiscent of a glass of lemonade, with every sound effect and animation tying in to this idea of crispness and freshness, and giving the whole experience a clean and light feel, rather than one of epic import. The symbols used are those of traditional fruit machines, such as apples, plums, lemons, limes and cherries, with a watermelon thrown in for extra heft, while the highest paying symbol is the number Seven: all of these are rendered in a glossy, metallic sheen, as though they have just emerged, still damp, from a good polishing.
Doctors recommend 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day, a number that must have been in mind when this slot was developed: although a standard 5 reel slot, Sparkling Fresh is limited to only 5 paylines, perhaps a tip of the hat to the pre-computerised fruit machines to which it pays tribute. The coin value can be set from 0.01 to 5 credits per coin, and anything up to 500 coins can be wagered on a single spin, so while this slot does allow for a limited number of permutations, it has the potential to pay out up to 5000 coins, which is not to be sneezed at.
Taming the Wilds
What Sparkling Fresh does lack, however is Wild symbols, so there is no possibility of forming winning lines once the reels have all slotted into space. There is a Scatter symbol, which appears as a gold star, rendered in similar style to the glossy fruit, but which does not award free spins: however, finding two gold stars on the reels while all betting options are maximised will reward you with 25 000 coins, a hefty chunk of winning in anyone’s terms.
Is Fresh the same as Better?
Sparkling Fresh will most likely win converts who are tired of excessive animations, bonus cut screens, flashing lights, and different challenges in other online slots. It offers a clean and almost sanitized feel to the gaming experience, and is easy to follow, rather than overly stimulating. That said, it offers the chance of huge winnings in the traditional manner, of landing the right combination of symbols: walk around the slots at most casinos, and you’ll see bewildered faces in front of screens with expanding Wilds, bonus games, and vibrant animations on 50 line slot games, and you’ll understand why this offering comes across as a breath of something fresh.