The carnival of Rio is a legendary event that most people would want to participate in at least once in their lifetime, and it’s surely on this reviewer’s bucket list. The festive theme has inspired many slots over the years, and Heart of Rio doesn’t really stick out all that much from the herd. It doesn’t help that it’s a reskin of El Dorado The City of Gold either, and the biggest difference is the hair accessories, make-up and all-female character symbols. In these days of “social distancing”, this game might be the closest you’ll ever get to the real thing, and it can certainly help you dream of better times.
The base game is all about collecting money symbols with 5 different modifier collectors, and you can build up a massive money collect mega symbol during the bonus round. If you’re looking for a bit of samba and high energy during the lockdown, Heart of Rio might be enough of an excuse to shake loose.
You need to land 3 bongo drum scatters on reels 2 to 4 to trigger the Bonus Round, and this awards 8 free spins. The bonus round comes with 1 additional rule regarding the money collect feature. All money symbols that land are now collected in a Bonus Cash Pot, and the total value returns as a mega money symbol on the final respin.
The mega money symbol fills reel 1 to 4, and reel 5 respins. If you land a collect symbol on reel 5 you win the whole bonus pot. You can retrigger the bonus round with +8 new free spins, and this happens if you land 3 new scatters during the feature.
Being a reskin of Pragmatic’s own El Dorado The City of Gold, Heart of Rio can hardly claim to be an original game. However, the Hold & Win feature is a bit unusual, as you don’t get respins like you normally do. Instead, you have the 5 different collect modifiers, and only 1 of them allows for more money symbols to potentially land from a respin. The 10,500x potential seems a bit far fetched, but the bonus round changes the game by allowing you to build up a decent bonus pot.
Heart of Rio is a carnival-themed slot game inspired by the legendary Rio de Janeiro carnival. It features money symbols, modifiers, and a bonus round with free spins.
The Bonus Round is triggered by landing 3 bongo drum scatters on reels 2 to 4, awarding 8 free spins. During this round, money symbols are collected in a Bonus Cash Pot.
No, Heart of Rio is a reskin of El Dorado The City of Gold. It retains a similar gameplay with its unique Hold & Win feature but has a different, carnival-themed appearance.