All the Fun of the Fair? Fairground Fortunes Ghost Train vs Carnival Royale

As you probably know, carnival-themed slots are not exactly in short supply these days. That said, those that are simply superior in every way exist in much smaller numbers. There are plenty out there to be found…the job being to find them in the first place!

Today, we’re once again presenting two examples we firmly believe are worth your time and the cost of a few spins at least. Both Fairground Fortunes Ghost Train and Carnival Royale serve up solid fun and enjoyment for a spot of casual gaming – get stuck in right now and see what’s no offer:

Fairground Fortunes Ghost Train

First up, Fairground Fortunes Ghost Train was developed and launched by Playtech some time ago and takes the form of the usual five reels with 20 paylines to play for. Clearly aimed at modest to moderate spenders, slots start out from 20p and go up to a maximum of £20 each. There are three bonus features to play for, of which one is a free spins round where there are technically infinite free spins to play for!

The theme is fairly self-explanatory and both the visuals and audio are every bit as good as you’d expect from these guys. The semi-spooky ghost train theme is more cute and quirky than creepy and sinister, bringing into play all the normal playing card values and a bunch of familiar fairground sights for good measure. From dungeons to bouncy castles and so on, they’re all here in spades…no pun intended.

During normal play, the game’s logo can net you a prize of 25X your stake if you land five in a row. Then there’s the skull wild symbol, which can be used to take the place of any other symbol apart from the other bonus symbols. The skull is also worth 25X your stake for five in a row, while the broken coconut can pay anything from 2X to 100X your bet, depending on how many you line up.

The Coconut Scatter feature sees any number of added scatters make their way onto the reels randomly during normal play.

On any spin in the base game, random symbols can transform into scatters to help you trigger the bonus feature more easily. This is known as the Coconut Scatter feature. The Ghost Train feature can be accessed by landing three Ghost Train symbols on the middle three reels, during which you’ll see any number of monsters along the way which mean increasingly generous prizes.

Last but not least, the free spins round can be accessed by landing three Bat Free Spins symbols on the first, third and fifth reels. You get 10 free spins, an extra 30 paylines and the opportunity to keep on re-triggering the free spins an unlimited number of times!

On the whole, there really is a lot to like about Fairground Fortunes Ghost Train and the theme is delightfully light-hearted. But while it might come across as a bit of a softy, it means business in terms of variance – don’t expect prizes to be paid too often! When it does get generous however, it tends to get very generous indeed! And with spins from just 20p, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great time on this Ghost Train!

Carnival Royale 

With this little beauty, Genesis Gaming had brought the circus to town in the form of five reels, three rows and a generous 243 paylines to play for. Most budgets are covered with spins from 25p up to £62.50, there’s a couple of tasty bonus rounds to play for and solid jackpots up for grabs if you play your cards right! Speaking of which, all the usual playing card symbols from 9 to Ace are here as expected, along with a bunch of familiar fairground favourites and the kind of clown you’ll either love or be terrified of!

Of all the symbols during normal play, it’s the ringmaster in charge of the proceedings who pays out most generously. If you’re lucky enough to line up five of them, you’ll be walking away with a prize of 1,000 coins. The wild takes the form of a monkey, which can take the place of any other symbol to help form winning lines, apart from the scatter. On the whole, the way Carnival Royale is put together in terms of visuals and the slickness of the whole affair, speaks for seriously enjoyable stuff so far!

There are two primary bonus features to play for – one of which being the delightful Balloon Burst feature. You’ll need three balloon scatters to access the round, which is a pick-me feature where each balloon you burst may or may not contain a cash prize. You can keep on bursting them until you find the collect icon.

The Carnival Attraction Free Spins feature will hand out between 5 and 15 free spins, in accordance with your chosen multiplier. When you land 3 fortune teller scatters, you can choose from 5 spins with a 10X multiplier, 10 spins with a 5X multiplier or 15 spins with a 3X multiplier. In all instances, the free spins can be re-triggered so there’s plenty in there to play for.

It’s really hard not to like Carnival Royale as it looks great, sounds great and is seriously enjoyable, with or without prize payouts. It doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the table, but it’s impossible not to find yourself swept away by the whole carnival theme and atmosphere. Variance may be a little on the high side for some, but stick with it and prize payouts can be impressively generous…if you’re lucky!



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