The game developers at Microgaming have garnered a reputation for designing some of the most visually stunning and easily played slot games on the market at the moment, and with Carnaval, they have continued that theme.
Carnaval is based in Brazil during festival season, with the look and feel of a Rio carnival that includes realistic sounds and graphics.
Thanks to its fast-paced gameplay and striking visuals, this game is one of the most engaging of its type available at the moment, and while there are no bonus games to speak of, the base game more than makes up for this.
This five-reel game containing three rows offers 9 paylines that the player can choose prior to playing, has a maximum bet of up to $90 per spin, and offers a Return to Player percentage of 96.94, whilst the 5,000-coin jackpot will certainly get you into the party mood.
The lower value symbols are represented by the playing card icons ranging from 10 to Ace, with the higher value symbols including a trumpet, a jester and the game’s logo, with five of those in a payline offering a return of 1,250 coins.
As this is a simple game that does not contain the kind of bonus games and features of many modern-day slot games, Carnaval is ideally suited for playing on the go, with Microgaming optimising this game for play on smartphones and tablets as well as PCs.
The symbols are well designed, are colourful and sit perfectly well on the purple background colour that also features party streamers falling from the sky. Paylines are from left to right except for the scatters that pay anyway, and the winning combinations are handily shown at the bottom of the paytable screen, which is a nice touch.
As mentioned above, this game does not include any notable bonus games or features, with the action firmly focused on the spinning reels, which may be a disappointment to high rollers, but for newcomers, this makes this game extremely easy to play.
However, the game does include both scatter and wild symbols, with the Wild substituting for all other symbols except for the scatter to help land a winning combination.
The scatter symbol pays out for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline, with the payout being either 4.50, 22.50 or 112.50 as well as offering multipliers of 2, 10 or 50x the unit stake for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.
There is no doubt that Microgaming have created a fast-paced game that is easy for the beginner to pick up and play. The fact that it does not have any bonus games worthy of the name is something that will appeal to those gamblers who are looking for a game to play quickly whilst on the move.
The graphics are on the basic side; however, they transfer well onto smaller screens of mobile devices and realistically recreate the appearance and sound of a Rio carnival, which adds to the overall appeal of the game.