The Harlequin Carnival video slot uses a typical five reels with three rows structure, with 20 fixed winning lines. The interface is colorful, with the various gaming functions situated at the bottom of either side of the reels. Admittedly, they are all clear and plain view, making it easy, even for novice players to learn and gamble. From the “$” setting, you can access the various bet limits available from €0.20 up until €100 per spin. However, it’s worth noting that the default bet value is €1.00 per spin.
Use the three-dotted menu button to access the various game rules and paytable. Clicking on the large “Start” button located to the reel’s right before each game will allow manual gameplay. Alternatively, you can opt for a more automated gaming session by using the “Auto-play” button. Fortunately, you can customize the auto spins according to your preferences. Pressing the “Flash” control will increase the gaming speed.
The nicely-crafted and thematic symbols add to the intensity of your gameplay. Spinners need to land three or more of each on adjacent positions from left to right and across any active line for a win. However, only the highest win per valid line pays out, and wins from various lines will add to a cumulative total win.
The lowest paying values include the clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spade ace suits. They are worth between 0.25x to 4x the total stake. Next on the line up include various masqueraded characters. The white, golden plague doctor, cat, and moon-masked symbols will deliver payouts from 0.3x to 10x your current bet. The character with the sun mask is the most valuable, giving punters wins worth up to 15x the wager for up to five of the same. So, it should be what you hope to land more of as you enjoy the Harlequin Carnival slot.
Further, the duchess acts as the wild, substituting for all other icons except the bonus icon. Additionally, it rewards prizes up to 15 times for five of a kind.
First, there is a Harlequin xNudge Wild feature with the three-row high duchess existing on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reels. They will always nudge to fully expose with each poke increasing the wild multiplier by one. Even better, various wild multipliers add onto each other for a total wild multiplier on a line win. Landing the xNudge wild will also activate the respins. All xNudge wilds walk to the left, awarding a respin on all other reels until it reaches the first reel. Fortunately, you may receive additional wilds during the feature.
Moving on, collecting three bonus icons will activate eight Harlequin Carnival free spins. The bonus symbols may appear during the respin feature or just land during the main game. During this round, a guaranteed nudging wild will instantly activate on the 5th reel with a 3x multiplier. It will then award the respins on its walk towards the first reel. Every step grows the multiplier by one up to a total of seven. Further, the activating bonus symbols act as wilds during the feature, awarding an extra spin each. Further, obtaining three bonus characters will activate another nudging wild on reel five.
Lastly, the Nolimit Bonus Feature Buy functionality allows players to buy the Herlequin free spins mode.
When it comes to its return to player rate, the theoretical Harlequin Carnival RTP value is an above-average of 96.14%. Better still, the value can grow to a decent 96.21% during the bonus mode. However, with high volatility, it's advisable that gamblers should keep an out for their bankroll as it’s a high-risk title.