Free Carnival Queen slot
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Carnival Queen slot is Thunderkick's second 4096-way game after their Pink Elephants game which was based on Raging Rhino. Here we clearly have an answer to Big Time Gaming's hugely popular Bonanza with its increasing multiplier in free games and indeed they proudly scream on the splash screen that you can win up 22700x your bet! You have a backdrop of a night time carnival crowd in the street as with Microgaming's Carnival Royale and some funky samba style music playing as you spin those brightly coloured reels, but will our bankroll be celebrating as loudly after we have visited this particular street party?
The Carnival Queen slot is as said 4096-ways therefore we see 6 reels of 4 rows each. The format is a cascade one so all icons are separate tiles and all winning ones are replaced from above after the pays are counted. This means you can get from 1 to 4 of the same symbol in each column. The 6-of-a-kind pays aren't bad with the Crown offering up 20x bet, Red Queen 7.5x, Yellow Dancer 2.5x, Green Joker 2.2x, Blue Joker 2x with six card values descending from 1.7x for Aces down to 1x for the 9.
Unlike Bonanza though, here we see an increasing multiplier in play during the base game too which is unlimited and Wild symbols can appear individually on all reels bar the first. Carnival Queen scatters can land on any reel and we need to see her at least 3 times to trigger our very volatile free games bonus.
You will receive 12 free games after 3 scatters have appeared whether straight in or are accumulated during winning cascades. In fact, the accumulated trigger can be beneficial as any multiplier you earn in the triggering spin is where you begin the increasing multiplier in the bonus! As with Bonanza any increasing multiplier is carried over from spin to spin and goes up once for each winning action. You have an added enhancement because any non-winning Wild in the bonus eliminates all symbols in both its column and row to give you a second chance at lining up a win. You will also get 4 extra spins for every scatter over 3 that lands during the trigger so 24 are possible. If you see 2 scatters in any free game 3 extra spins are awarded too, with 3 more for each scatter above the 2 as well. Expect an exciting feature with a possibly huge outcome for your balance.
Carnival Queen slot is a very good effort by Thunderkick in every way. It looks good, sounds good and plays well too although as you may expect the 96.10% RTP is heavily reliant upon the bonus round. The fact you get an increasing multiplier in the base game too somewhat alleviates the risk of the base game if you aren't hitting the bonus for any length of time and it's possible to get some sizeable wins here too, although rare. I've a feeling Thunderkick's carnival is one you'll all want to accompany me to...