Microgaming’s Carnaval is a celebration of all things festive, bringing the Mardi Gras celebration to online casinos like Jackpot City. Although this is not the best pokie if you have a fear of — or a severe loathing of — clowns, this is a well presented game that has plenty to offer gamblers of most stake levels.
Carnaval employs a basic layout with bright symbols, many of which are surrounded by pin-prick lights to add to the festival feel. There are 5 reels on this pokie, but with only 9 paylines the wins are a little limited, even with the decent RTP.
The highest paying symbol is the Carnaval logo, which returns 5,000x your line bet for 5 of them. There are also symbols that pay 600x and 500x, and the lowest don’t go below 100x, providing a nice balance all round.
You can play Carnaval for as little a $0.25 if you choose, an amount that goes all of the way up to $45. There is a jackpot of 5,000 coins, which might not be very high, but is much more accessible and within reach than jackpots on other pokies.
Carnaval has a scatter symbol, but it doesn’t trigger a bonus round of any sort. This scatter symbol pays up to 50x your total bet, which means you’ll get a return of $50 if you stake just $1.
Carnaval has a pleasant aesthetic and a few other positives. The wild is big and we like the accessibility of the big wins. However, the lack of a bonus round is disappointing and drags the whole game down. If this is not that important to your enjoyment of a pokie then you’ll probably enjoy Carnaval, but we just can’t get excited by a pokie that doesn’t have any sort of bonus round.