Brazil is well known for its carnivals, which feature music, women in headdresses, and energetic samba dancing. Wild Carnival follows this concept by taking you to a vibrant festival.
Obviously the theme sounds entertaining. But will this 5-reel, 50-payline game as a whole entertain you? Find out as we look at Wild Carnival's symbols, special features, and betting options.
Symbols and Theme
Wild Carnival opens with an introduction where festival goers clap and cheer as samba dancers perform and confetti rains on the crowd. The party doesn't stop here because you're taken to the reels, where fireworks, dancers, and sparkles can be seen in the background.
We appreciate how Rival made a thrilling atmosphere to match Brazilian carnivals, but the color scheme and background are too busy. The wild background even makes it difficult to watch the symbols as they spin.
Speaking of symbols, these include a tambourine, drums, letters, numbers, a trumpet (jackpot), mask (wild), headdress (free spins), and beads (bonus). The trumpet pays the most, offering 7,000 coins for a 5-symbol win. The mask appears on reels 1, 2, and 3 and expands to fill entire columns.
The symbol graphics are good, but our only complaint is that there aren't a few more original icons. Going further, we could do without 6 symbols being taken up by letters/numbers. This is especially true when the yellow/purple/green letters and numbers are hard to distinguish from the background colors.
Wild Carnival Special Features
You'll receive free spins any time you land 3 or more headdresses on the reels. You get 5 free games for 3 symbols, 10 for 4, and 20 for 5. Also note that all wins during free spins are multiplied 3x. In the case of the 7,000-coin jackpot, you'd win 21,000 coins!
You'll notice a Bead Bonus display in the upper left-hand corner. This begins to fill up as you collect beads on the reels. When you get 12 beads, the meter will be full and you'll receive a bonus payout.
Landing 3 or more bonus masks on the reels will trigger the bonus round. This takes you to a screen with question marks and a dancer standing off to the right. Your goal is to help the dancer complete her costume by picking the right garments/accessories. The fact that this game has two bonuses and free games is a definite plus.
Wild Carnival's wagering options include changing coin size from $0.01 to $0.25, paylines from 1-50, and coins per line from 1-10. This makes the minimum bet worth $0.01 per spin, and the max wager worth $125.
You can also use a Bet Max and Auto button. The latter keeps the reels spinning automatically with your selected betting options. The Bet Max button quickly turns the paylines and coins per line to their highest amounts. You'll still have to adjust the coin size button manually if you want this changed.
Final Thoughts on Wild Carnival
Wild Carnival almost does too good of a job living up to its name. Specifically, they could tone down the background colors to avoid making everything look like a jumbled mess. But Wild Carnival also has some good aspects. Our favorite things include how you can get free spins, earn a bead bonus, and trigger a second-screen bonus round.
This is an action-packed slot that won't be for those who like simple games and backgrounds. But if you can handle the busyness, then you should appreciate the features in this slot.