ALL ABOUT HARLEQUIN CARNIVAL SLOT
Nolimit City are an exciting slot studio who are on a roll at the minute and bringing some really innovative and thrilling slot play to the market. If you’ve had a spin on the rock-music themed high-risk bovver-slot Punk Rocker, taken a stroll through the beatific Gaelic Gold, or chased down Roaring Wild stacks in Barbarian Fury, then you will know what we are talking about. Nolimit City have been doing their thing since 2016 but it’s only really in the last 6 months that we’ve started to see what they are made of. In particular, the introduction of their own trademark xNudge mechanic as a mainstay of their games and a run of high, high variance titles has really brought them to the fore of the slot gaming world.
Their next adventure is a trip into the world of masked parties, with a continental European flavor to it and the added excitement of Walking xNudge Wilds. It’s a really great looking game and one that will once again appeal only really to the hardcore high-risk players out there. There are also plenty of multipliers, re-spins and free spins to get the blood pumping. Let’s get this party started.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
The backdrop to Harlequin Carnival slot is what could be a Venetian Stone bridge or balcony, decorated with summer flowers and with a blue sky behind that turns dusky in the bonus rounds. Meanwhile, the party in the foreground is happening on a 5 x 3 reelset. There are low value symbols in the form of card suits, Clubs, Spades, Diamonds and Hearts. The premium symbols are represented by the characters in Harlequin Masks – the Oriental One, the Bird, the Cat, the Moon and the Sun. The Sun pays out 15x for five on a payline, as the highest value symbol.
There is also the Wild Harlequin that comes as a 3 high stack and always nudges into position to take up an entire visible reel when it lands partially after a spin. This is where the xNudge comes into play. The wilds subs for all other symbols as usual. Finally, watch out as well for the bonus symbol that will unlock bonus spins.
HARLEQUIN CARNIVAL RTP, VARIANCE AND PAYOUTS
Harlequin Carnival is a high variance slot, given a rating of 10/10 on the Nolimit City website. That means it will usually pay out infrequently during a session, but when it does it has the potential to pay out big, though the top prize here is 5,861x – not quite the sky high numbers we’ve seen in other games out this year. The RTP is a fair 96.14% and the hit rate 98.11%. So, tread carefully and think about setting your stake with your budget in mind. The lowest value for a spin is $0.20.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
Slots fans who’ve enjoyed other Nolimit City games will be familiar with the xNudge format. When the wild stack lands anywhere on the reels only partially visible then it will nudge down of up to fill the reel it is on. Each nudge will increase a multiplier value by 1x and when the nudges are complete the multiplier is applied to any wins. Additionally, if more than one wild stack is visible, the multipliers for each will combine before being applied to the win.
Harlequin Re-Spins and Walking Wild Stacks
When the wild stack lands it also triggers the Harlequin re-spins. Here, one re-spin is triggered for each reel to the left of the stack. After each re-spin the stack moves one place to the left, until it reaches the final reel and the feature ends.
The bonus symbols that land during both re-spins and the base game are required to trigger the bonus round. You’ll need three and this will give you 8 free spins. This is where things get really interesting and your chances of hitting a big win sequence are much higher.
At the start of the round an xNudge Wild stack is dropped into place on the 5threel. It starts with a 3x multiplier which increases by 1x each time the stack moves left.
During the 8 spins all the bonus symbols become wilds which add an extra free spin when they land.
Every 3 scatter symbols that land on the reels add a further xNudge Wild Stack to the fifth reel with its own 3x multiplier.
Any standard wild stacks that lands during the bonus round will also behave as they do in the base game – moving one reel to the left with each re-spin, adding 1x to their multiplier at the same time.
This is great stuff – the bonus round is awash with wild stacks and multipliers and can deliver a run of re-spins where multipliers from stacks that are concurrently on the reelset will combine, driving up your win value considerably! It sounds fun, the only tricky part is going to be unlocking that bonus round in the first place.
Harlequin Carnival is another top-quality release from a studio who are on a roll right now. The graphics and soundtrack are high class and compliment some clever and original gameplay features in the mix of xNudge Wild Stacks and Multipliers. Nolimit City have taken their own unique game format and added a further trick to give players even more to think about when they hit the bonus round. If you are going to play, take care – remember it’s high variance play – and gamble responsibly.