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Carnival Themed Slots by Software Providers

By: Shirley Spicer, Saturday March 12th 2011
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Though the Carnival festival is held in many cities of the world, the most popular one is at Rio de Janeiro. It has a religious origin that is to bid farewell to bad things before the period of Lent. However, the celebrations are on an extravagant scale. In Rio huge parades are organized by samba schools that are watched by the public. In fact the crowds follow the floats through the city streets. Rio receives over 70% of its annual tourists during the Carnival period. Some software providers have picked up this theme for their online slot games. These games draw significantly higher traffic during the Carnival period and are also used in promotions by the online casinos.

Samba Nights from Cryptologic is by far the best online slot game with the Carnival theme. It manages to create the right festive atmosphere. The reels are bordered by the brightly colored feathers that have become an integral part of the costumes of the Samba girls. In keeping with the grandness of the event Samba Nights is a 50 payline slot game and has four rows of symbols on the reels.

The symbols have been chosen and crafted appropriately. The Samba Girl is the lead symbol. It is a wild symbol and also doubles payouts. It appears stacked on the reels and when the stack consists of four symbols they expand to form a full length Samba girl gyrating wildly. The scatter symbol is the famous Rio Beach. During animations it gets lit up by fireworks. The Beach symbol triggers the free spins bonus. Though the Samba girls are the mainstay of the Carnival there are other characters in the parades as well. The fire eater, trumpeter and tambourine man figure as symbols. As much as 80% of the annual liquor consumption in Rio is during the Carnival and therefore Cocktails is also a suitable symbol. The high value cards are crafted colorfully and exotically adding to the festive atmosphere.

Microgaming is the other leading online casino software provider to offer a Carnival themed slot game. The slot game is Carnaval, following the Latin based spelling. The colors are bright and vivid and the symbols have been crafted boldly. The jackpot payout of 5,000 coins is offered by the Carnaval Logo symbol. The Samba girl with her feathered head dress has to feature as a symbol. Each parade is accompanied by a jester or clown and therefore the clown is used as a symbol. The other thematic symbols are the pendant and the trumpet. The high value card symbols are also grandly crafted. The Wild Logo is the wild symbol and the Scatter Logo is the scatter symbol. The audio in Carnaval has been effectively used to create the festive atmosphere. As the reels spin drum beat music is played and the winning combinations are accompanied by trumpet music. Carnaval is a comparatively older slot game and does not have features like free spins or bonus games but their absence is not felt.

It is surprising that other online casino software providers do not have a Carnival themed slot game in their portfolio. However, sooner or later this addition will be made.

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