Carnaval Forever is a 5×3 slot game with 10 fixed paylines, and your bet per spin can only range from €0.10 to €10. The reason this is so is that you can purchase the bonus feature, which costs 100x your total bet, so even with the €10 maximum total bet, the maximum amount of money you can spend instantly is €1000. Let’s have a look at this slot game and see if it’s worth to Buy the free spins feature or not – I’ve bought it several times during test play so I can give you an honest estimate.
Main game and paytable
First of all, the paytable is a good one as it has multiple symbols that can land you a 50x win or better. There are three, to be precise. The Red and Purple Dancer pay 50x for five-of-a-kind, and Carnaval King pays 75x. Two more Dancers can pay 25x wins, which isn’t bad either. And then, a surprise. The card symbols are also capable of paying big wins, at least Ace and King are, as they’ll pay 15x for five-of-a-kind and 5x for four-of-a-kind. Wild is a paying symbol, and it will pay 100x if you land all five. Wilds tend to land on your reels in bulk, and it’s common that five or even eight of them land and bring you a mega win.
When three or more Carnaval Queen Scatters land on your reels, you’ll trigger the free spins feature. You’ll get 5, 7 or 9 free spins for three, four or five Scatters respectively, and all of those free spins are guaranteed to be winning ones. Also, every time you land another Scatter you’ll get 2 extra free spins, so it’s likely you’ll end up with at least a dozen.
If you choose to buy the free spins feature for 100x your bet per spin, you’ll be given 10 free spins to start with. It doesn’t seem to be a reasonable choice to buy free spins, as they don’t really have the potential to pay back what you paid for them, not unless you get at least 10 extra free spins from landing Scatters during the feature. Variance is high with this free spins game, and you’ll need to trigger it many times to get the biggest wins. The game also has a Bonus Buy Coin symbol that can randomly reduce the cost of your Buy feature by 0.20 up to 2.00 at a time, so the price will gradually get reduced with time and that’s when you might want to consider buying.
Theoretical return to player (RTP) is 96.22%, which is good enough, especially for a classic slot, and this is what most slots pay these days. Variance is higher than you might think, not only because the game has 10 paylines and therefore doesn’t pay all that often, but because the free spins game has high variance and it won’t pay well every time. However, what’s important is that a win is guaranteed on every free spin, and the game does have the potential to pay 75x on a single winning payline or 750x for a full board win, so the chance to win big is present.
Carnaval Forever is not the best nor the worst Betsoft slot game, and you might enjoy it, as long as you don’t get trigger happy with buying the free spins game, as that would be a road to ruin. Since the free spins game has high variance you’d be advised to either keep your stakes low or ignore the Buy feature altogether and ride your luck. You might just trigger the free spins feature early in your playing session and also have it pay well on that particular instance!