Australians do have Mardi Gras parades, but they are more a statement from the LGBT community. If you want the pizzazz of the Rio Carnival you can play some fantastic video pokies at online casinos. Players at Casino Mate and House of Jack can opt for the Play n Go title Samba Carnival. It is a relatively simple pokie from the point of view of gaming features. But it will provide the colour and pageantry of the Carnival. The high volatility is in keeping with the Carnival mood.
The reels are set on a background of fireworks and ostrich feathers. Pulsating music and the babble of crowds can be heard in the background. One of the unique features of Samba Carnival is that winning line combinations do not have to start from the first reel. Three or more like symbols appearing on active paylines need to appear on adjacent reels, but starting from any reel.
The high paying symbols are the three Samba girls, with delicate but sensuous movements in the win animations. They are differentiated by the colours of the ostrich feathers. The one in purple feathers awards the highest line payout of 2500 times the line bet for a combination of five symbols. Instead of the usual playing card icons for the low paying symbols, Samba Carnival uses four exotic fruits. Pineapple, watermelon, orange and lime are depicted in a delicious manner with cocktail straws inserted in them. The symbols appear stacked and this adds to the visual appeal and volatility.
The set of maracas is the wild symbol. It will not substitute for the bonus symbol. When the maracas symbol appears on the reels it displays the assigned multiplier value, which can range from 2x to 5x. If you get a five symbols valid combination of the purple Samba girl using a 5x wild multiplier your payout will be a whopping 12,500 times the line bet. The party drum is the bonus symbol. Three of them scattered on the reels trigger the bonus game. You pick one of the triggering drums to win a bonus that can be up to 150 times the total bet.
Samba Carnival has the usual 5 reels and three rows structure. There are 15 selectable paylines, but the standard strategy is to play with all of them enabled. You can play with up to 5 coins per payline and a maximum coin size of AU$0.25. The maximum bet size may keep the high rollers away.