Ever been to Rio? Or maybe just spent a summer weekend drunk in Notting Hil? Well even if you haven't, luckily Play'n Go's latest slot is bringing the carnival to you. This new slot dazzles with scantily-clad street dancers gracing it's reels, fireworks and a samba beat. Packed with multiplier wilds and flawless mechanics, this slot will put a smile on your face and the idea to book a flight to Brazil in your head.
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|Release Date||January 2016|
|Software Provider||Play'n Go|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.79%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 15 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||15p – £18.75|
|Features||Click Me Bonus, Multiplier Wilds|
|Pros||Upbeat feel, nice graphics, fun bonuses.|
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Samba Carnival is a 5 reel slot, with 15 paylines. You can choose which paylines to play, and adjust wager sizes using the arrows below the reels. There's a minimum wager of 15p, and a max bet of £18.75. Whilst you can't wager very large amounts, we think that Samba Carnival will prove popular anyway, as it hits the middle ground for both low and high rollers.
You can set the game to play automatically by using the Autoplay feature – perfect for you to sit back and enjoy the carnival spirit. The autoplay feature allows you to set it play between 10 and 50 spins on your behalf, and can also be set to stop at any win or if the bonus round is activated. You can also set it so that the autoplay will stop with any balance increase/decrease or a single win excess amount.
The game features mostly fruit symbols, with maracas and bongo drums to symbolise wilds and scatters. There's also plenty of dancing lady symbols throughout the game, which often arrive stacked, giving you plenty of chances to win over the paylines.
There are two main features in Samba Carnival; the multiplier wilds and the bonus scatter symbols. Wilds are represented by maracas and will replace any other symbol apart from the scatter symbols (the drums). The number of maracas on the symbol signify the multiplier. You have a chance at 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x your original bet.
The scatter symbols in the game are represented by bongo drums, and landing three drums symbols will trigger a small bonus game. Simply select one of the drums to reveal which bonus you've got your hands on. There's chances to win up to 150x your bet with this bonus game, although we'd say it's more probable that you'll hit a 20x or 30x bonus.
To be honest, that's about the end of Samba Carnival's special features. It must be noted that this is a game with little fan-fare. No free spins, no mini games, no video sequences. This being said, there is something undeniably fun about the game. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from those huge blockbuster slots, and go for something a little more relaxed and with the simplicity of a classic in the making.
Whilst Samba Carnival may be lacking in extra-bonus or free chances to spin the reels, we do think it's a very well made game and it's sure to boost your mood. The samba music that accompanies the game manages to achieve that very rare goal of being something you don't instantly want to mute, and the way the pace of the music chances when you're on a winning streak is a very nice touch.
The symbols are fairly plain in design, and there isn't very much that makes it sparkle, which is a shame given it's theme. The confetti that appears when you win a bonus round could be more of a spectacle, but we're sure some players will love how the dancers, ahem, jiggle when they appear.
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Samba Carnival marks Play'n Go's second release of 2016, and although it's a simple slot, they've managed to make the most out of it's paired-back design. However, whilst a new release is all well and good, we get a weird feeling of deja vu when we play Samba Carnival – could it be because we've seen it all before?
Yup, Samba Carnival is a dead ringer for Play'n Go's highly successful seasonal Merry Xmas slot (which, ironically, is also a copy of their Lady of Fortune slot too). From the multiplier wilds, to the pick-me bonus game, we're a bit disappointed Play'n Go aren't bringing anything all that new to the table.
We'd be quite happy to write Samba Carnival off as ‘more of the same', however for some reason, it's piqued our interest. We're not sure if it's how upbeat the game is, or that it returns to a more simple format, but there's something that makes you smile when you play. Sadly, for many, it won't prove to be a big hit as there just isn't enough new features to make it stand out from the crowd. That being said, with a decent RTP and some nice graphics, it's definitely worth a play if you want to add some summery magic to a dull British day.