So this slot machine by Australia-based casino game manufacturing giant Aristocrat is called “More Hearts” yet contains shockingly few hearts. If you’re expecting a romantically-themed game, you’re also destined to be a bit letdown, because the accent here is on the strictly material side of dating. With an interesting twist on standard game play, though, the More Hearts slot may yet deserve a few spins.
And those who are particularly enamored with free spins bonus rounds, you’ll definitely want to check out the More Hearts slot game. You’ve got to see the wackiness of these free spins to appreciate them.
In the More Hearts slots game, we’ve got a totally odd mix of stuff, including lovebirds, a gift box wrapped with high-denomination banknotes and leopards. The low-paying symbols are composed of A, K, Q, J, 10 symbols, because nothing says romance and, er, cheetahs, like a good round of pinochle.
The diamond icon is the wild symbol, and this acts like a proper wild, i.e. substitutes for other symbols to help make up winning combinations. The game logo is the scatter and this naturally triggers free spins when three or more land anywhere on the reels in a single spin.
With three or more scatters, the More Hearts slot awards 12 free spins – or 15 if you’ve played the “+5 Extra Bet” wager (more on this below) – but it’s the format of the reels wherein things get weird.
See, the free spins bonus round in More Hearts is played on two full sets of reels. Heart symbols (ah, *there* the hearts are!) join the reels during the freebies, and the challenge becomes accumulating these symbols.
With nine hearts collected, three sets of reels are in play, with all reels 5 filled with wild diamond symbols. After 14 hearts are accumulated, four sets of reels are in play, with wilds filling reels 4 and 5 in all sets. Finally, 30 hearts accumulated equals four reels but all with the right-most three reels filling with wild diamonds.
To be completely honest, the +5 Extra Bet in the More Hearts slot game is something of a scam. You’ll pony up five more paylines’ worth of bet to play this option, the sole perk of which is the three extra free spins given in the bonus round. We suppose if you’re a complete fanatic about free spins, this might be a viable play for you, but otherwise this reeks of a scheme with even lower odds than that of the moribund “gamble feature.”
It’s not much of an effort to get an additional 20% from the player per spin, but we’d rather just play more spins…