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Heart of Rio Introduction 

The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is the biggest carnival in the world. How big? It involves no less than 2 million people, who take to the street to party before Lent every year. It has a long history, having first taken place in 1723. Carnival arrived in Brazil through the Portuguese as the "Entrudo" festival, before the carnival officially started. In 1840 the carnival saw the first Rio masquerade, with polka and waltz taking centre stage. Later, in 1917, Samba music was introduced to the carnival, bringing what is now considered a traditional Brazilian form. As for the carnival in its current form, it involves multiple samba schools arranged in a special order, each with their own choreographed dances in elaborate costumes. 

In case you cannot make it Brazil in time for the carnival, Pragmatic Play sets to offer an alternative in Heart of Rio. This is a 5-reel, 3-row, 25-payline slot with dancers as, perhaps obviously, the high-paying symbols. A dancer also appears as the wild on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, while the bongo drums on reels 2, 3 and 4 are the scatters. As you spin the reels you will also notice disco balls. These are actually money symbols whose values you can earn by landing one of the 5 Collect symbols on reel 5. As to what these Collect symbols actually involve, well, you just need to read on to find out of course! 

Heart of Rio Game Features 

Heart of Rio is a slot featuring 5 reels, 3 rows and a total of 25 paylines. Paylines are formed by landing 3 or more symbols on adjacent reels, starting from reel 1 and moving from left to right. Paylines always start from reel 1, moving from left to right. Forming these symbols is a selection of 8 symbols. On the high-paying side you will find two dancers, one in purple and the other in green, a mask and a coconut, while the traditional A, K, Q and J card royals make the low pays. Also found on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 is the dancer in red, who is the wild. She can substitute for all symbols except the money symbols, Collect and the scatter. The scatter is the bongos found on reels 2, 3 and 4. Land all 3 for a round of free spins! The money symbols, on the other hand, are the disco balls found on reels 1, 2, 3 and 4. These hold a cash value which you can earn by landing them together with a Collect symbol on reel 5. 

Heart of Rio Free Spins and Bonuses 

Landing money symbols together with a Collect symbol on reel 5 will earn you the total of the values on the money values, together with any extras brought about by the Collect symbol in question. There are 5 different Collect symbols, which are as follows:

  • Collect - Picks up all values of the money symbols on the reels as a payout. 
  • Extra Credit - Adds all the values of the money symbols to its own value before paying out. 
  • Multiplier - Applies a multiplier to the total value of the money symbols. 
  • Expanding - Each reel holding at least one money symbol is filled with money symbols. These get new random values which are added up and paid out. 
  • Respin - All money symbols stick to the reels while the remaining positions respin to reveal a new result. Then the value of all money symbols on the reels is added up and paid out. 

Heart of Rio also includes a free spins round triggered by landing the 3 scatters on reels 2, 3 and 4. This earns you 8 free spins with the money symbols and all Collect features still active. However, during the free spins all values of any money symbols landed are added to a bonus pot. After al free spins are done the value of the bonus pot is returned to the reels in the form of a single giant money symbol on reels 1-4 before a respin is triggered. Land a Collect symbol on reel 5 to get the value of the bonus pot! The free spins take place on special reels, and can be retriggered by landing the 3 spins for a second time, with no limit for retriggers. 

Heart of Rio Payouts 

The purple dancer is the highest paying symbol at up to 32x the bet, followed by the green dancer at up to 7x. The mask is worth up to 6x the bet, the coconut 5x and all the low pays 4x. In addition, landing the 3 scatters earns you 3x the bet as well as the free spins. 

Heart of Rio Graphics and Sound 

As one might assume from a game set in the Rio carnival, Heart of Rio is set to the lively tune of a samba beat. You can just about spot the festivities taking place behind the slot, with feathered headdresses swaying with the rhythm and confetti flying in the air, al while fireworks explode and the crowd cheers on. The reels are elaborately bordered in gold, and their plain green colour is the better to highlight the various colourful symbols. Speaking of the symbols, these bring about even more confetti whenever making part of a win! 

Heart of Rio Conclusion 

It's never a bad time for a carnival, as Pragmatic Play shows in Heart of Rio! This festive slot brings straightforward but still exciting gameplay, together with solid win potential bolstered through the money collect feature. Check it out here at Videoslots Casino today! 

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