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Whether it be Rio’s colourful Mardi Gras, London’s multicultural Notting Hill Carnival or the theatrical Carnival of Venice, they all have one thing in common: all types of people coming together to have a great time. That’s exactly what Microgaming wishes to bring to Carnaval, a slot decorated with bold colours and costumed characters. But whilst the carefree dance long into the evening, is there really anything to be gained for the more prize-driven punters? Let’s find out.
The concept of a video slot has been stripped back to basics here. Microgaming has pitched this at the beginner or the inexperienced, and as a result it’s a nice ‘n’ easy introduction to the world of online video slots. Predominantly designed for mobile devices (but still playable on desktops, of course), this slot takes the basic 5x3 setup and couples it with a restricting, but ultimately simple, nine paylines.
Great looking slot for beginners
Gloriously colourful design coupled with easy to understand symbols (see table below for scores) where the wild and scatters are clearly defined makes this a very attractive place to start your slot gaming experience. With a reduced range of high and low value symbols across the reels, you won’t be overwhelmed by a plethora of values to reference and keep tabs of.
Does there always have to be a price to pay?
Stripping a slot to the nuts and bolts may be great for the beginner, but the experienced player will be crying out for familiar features that just aren’t here.
Scatter-wise, getting 3, 4 or 5 anywhere across the reels will increase your stake by 2x, 10x or 50x respectively. Disappointingly, they don’t bring up any feature wins, free spins or other kinds of special win features that you might have become accustomed to.
For a game aimed at newbies, the starting bet of 2.25 coins is quite high, even for those who know their way around slots but want to try this one out. We recommend having a play with the free version first.
Carnaval online video slot is a bonus-light, colour-rich standard slot game for those new to the world of online slots. As the complexity of video slots increases, developers and gaming companies have become increasingly aware of the need to provide for those who might have just joined the party.
As carnivals go, this one has at least tried to be inclusive, but might have slipped up a bit along the way. The relatively high minimum bet, along with the relatively low top prize, might be alienating both newcomers and seasoned gamers alike, in a bungled attempt make this party more accessible.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring