Carnival Cup Slot Review
Released: June 2014
Coin Values: 0,01 up to 1
Jackpot: 2500 Coins
Free Spins: Yes
As anyone who regularly plays with Nektan will know, this brand always tries to create a rich array of themes in which we can become part of. In this instance, they’ve developed a football fans dream, in the form of Carnival Cup, a vividly decorated game that brings the festival colours of Rio but upon the pitch of a football stadium. The brief number of winlines of this title is far from high variance, but there’s still a handful of spins to win yourselves, as well as a paytable filled with valuable returns. We just hope this is a winning team of features, not just a flash in the pan that fizzles out before it’s even begun.
The theme of this one armed bandit isn’t hard to fathom, thanks to the various football iconography decorating the 5 reels grid; this is meant to scream from the rooftops that it’s about football. However, it’s also meant to be about colour, excitement, passion and fun, hence the bright colours we wouldn’t necessarily associate with the sport. Basically, it’s capturing the spirit of the World Cup when it was played in Rio, back in 2014.
Although we appreciate the marked difference this slot has when compared with other such themed activities, we have to say that the card values disguised as football shirts doesn’t work as well as it could. It’s nice to see that Nektan tried to make the boring nature of these lower tiles better, but it doesn’t succeed as they may have hoped. Even more so when you look at the higher value icons, the ones that have characters wearing headdresses. Nevertheless, while we feel strongly about the lack of details in some places, the end result is a memorable interface that stands out from its competitors, as well as adding a unique flavour to the beautiful game.
Offering no more than 9 winlines, this Nektan title is on the small side, although it can be made even smaller thanks to the flexibility of the lines. However, this would increase the volatility of the game, and so we’d caution anyone inexperienced in slots in doing this. As for the paytable, there’s 12 symbols upon it, with two of them acting as the wild and the scatter symbol, the latter of which will gift users free spins.
The aim, as always, is to get groupings of between three and five, however in Carnival Cup, some of the icons will reward you for a two of a kind win, such as the Carnival Cup logo. This only applies to the higher value icons, and so don’t go expecting a two of a kind K formation to bring any such luck because it won’t.
To get the ball rolling, customers need to determine not only the number of lines they wish to play with, but also the amount of cash to be staked upon each line. To do this, the stakes widget needs to be selected, in which you’ll find an easy to set reel of controls; the lowest wager is 0.09 credits while the highest is 9 credits. Once that’s all set, you need only decide whether you’d like to manually spin the reels or autoplay them, with both options having their perks.
To activate the free spins, three of the bonus symbol will be required upon one of the active winlines, with the total number of rounds given undisclosed by Nektan. Unfortunately, the information continues to be vague when it comes to whether this feature can be retriggered, due to it being quite a tricky bonus to unlock.
As for the wild symbol, not only does it substitute other icons, but it also pays the highest value when three or more of them appear. It should be noted that neither of these icons will lead the way to the potential 2,500 credits jackpot that can be won, even though they’re the special symbols of the game. The wild and scatter act as nothing more than a means of obtaining unique game features.
In terms of accessibility, Carnival Cup is a good slot machine with much potential, however when it comes down to innovation and variance, it starts to wane a little. This Nektan slot machine may have the backing of a powerful developer, but that doesn’t shine through the paytable, due to a significant lack of diversity. The free spins aren’t substantial enough, while the wilds have no unique properties to speak of; it’s all a bit bland.
On the flip side of this, there’s no denying that Nektan has created a simple game in which to lose yourself for an hour or two, with users able to quit as quickly as they started. This is arguably where this pokie wins us over: not by innovation but because of its simplicity.