Depending on your tolerance for toiling in the kitchen, Baking Day either sounds like hell on earth or a treat to be savoured. Technically it doesn’t matter if you’ve never clapped eyes on a rock cake recipe since this is a game and not real life. Still, if you’ve a penchant for home baking, it stands to reason you’re more likely to be enamoured with this 3-reel slot from Magnet Gaming.
The action takes place within the kitchen obviously, where a series of ingredients drop into view to form the symbols on the game’s 3 reels. To the left, an open window with a cherry pie cooling on it looks out onto open fields. This is the epitome of domestic bliss. All that’s missing is a buxom Nigella Lawson to provide a focal point. She’s not in view because that figure – buxom or otherwise – is you.
Visually, Baking Day is reminiscent of the sort of free apps you can get for preschool kids that teach them to blend ingredients and make their own cupcakes. Obviously this game is intended for an adult audience however. Still, if you’ve ever sampled one of those iOS or Android kids’ games, you’ll know exactly what sort of visuals to expect. With its soft pastel shades and gentle animations that see ingredients bounce onto the paylines, Baking Day certainly looks the part.
A minimalistic layout means there’s no frame containing the reels; they simply float in space. This approach works perfectly for the purposes of the slot, giving the ingredients room to breathe without blocking out the kitchen in the background. Across the top of the screen there are two jackpots displayed: a regular pot and a super jackpot. Both of these are progressive jackpots, so their value will vary but in the case of the super pot, expect to see a five-figure sum beckoning to you – that’s right, 10,000.
The game controls, overlaid against the kitchen drawers at the bottom of the screen, display credits to the far left and the value of each credit on the right. Click on the gear wheel icon and a control will open featuring arrows that allow you to select the level. Changing the level simply alters the bet per spin. The lowest amount it can be set at on level 1 is 0.20 and the highest is 10, on level 10 appropriately. Other controls comprise an auto spin button, a bet max button and a home button. Clicking on this latter button will enable you to deposit credits into your account and to view the playing guide.
As a 3-reel slot, the object of the game is of course to match 3 identical symbols on an active payline. Lines run horizontally, diagonally and vertically and all of the paylines remain active, regardless of the amount you’ve staked per spin. The hierarchy of symbols starts with 3 strawberries, which are worth 1,000 credits, followed by triple measuring cups, honey, egg bowls, icing bags, flour bags, and yeast, which is worth 8,000.
Those are the basic symbols, but the special symbols are where the fun begins in earnest. Baking Day has no less than 4 bonus games: Game Flash, The Recipe, Cupcake Tower and Cake Decorator. In fact, there are all kinds of ways to win while playing this culinary slot. Any time you win a prize in regular play, you’ll be awarded 1 free spin, accompanied by a multiplier. There are also wild symbols, any one of which can substitute for a regular playing symbol.
Of the various bonus games, the best one – or at least the most lucrative one – is The Recipe. Land 3 recipe symbols on a payline or through the Game Flash bonus feature. At this stage, you’ll be awarded 25 free spins. If you land The Recipe again during this stage, you’ll be awarded another 25 free spins.
There are different recipes that feature in the game. Of these, recipe 3 is the most lucrative, as it’s possible to activate Jackpot Flash here, followed by Super Jackpot Flash.
Baking Day is a fun and feature-rich slot that’s a pleasure to play. For a game with only 3 reels, there’s a lot going on here including two progressive jackpots.
With an average payout of 96.5% and multiple ways to win, there’s every incentive to take up residence in the kitchen and cook up a storm. Match the symbols, follow the recipe and see what you can create.