The funfair is back in town and Buster has brought a new attraction to the slot from NextGen Gaming. Designed in collaboration with Chance Interactive, Buster Hammer Carnival is the sequel to the hugely popular Buster Hammer slot that was released in 2016.
The question comes up whether it would disappoint us just like other sequels we have seen from various developers. Well, this one actually surprised us as the game window has been increased to feature 32,768 ways in the free spins. But that’s not all. A new Buster Bet option can now turn up to three reels into stacked wild symbols to produce wins of up to a staggering 8,704 times your stake.
Buster Hammer Carnival is a video slot with 5 reels, four rows and 3,125 ways to win in the base game. During the free spins, the game window will increase to a 5×8 format with 32,768 ways. Watch Buster strike the hammer on mobile or desktop for 0.50 to 12.50 credits per spin in the default setting. Activating the buster bet will increase the maximum bet to 25 credits.
The RTP of this medium to high variance game comes with three values based on the level of the Buster Bet that is activated. The values are 95.97%, 96.06% and 96.34% for level one, two and three respectively. You can use Autoplay for 10 to 100 consecutive spins to be played with a mandatory loss limit when the run should stop.
Set in the midst of a funfair, Buster is seen standing on the left of the game window, ready to strike his hammer when the symbol lands on the activated reels. The game window is resembling a typical tent structure found on the fairgrounds. Adding to the hilarious theme will see Buster perform the traditional Russian Kazachok dance on big wins. A fitting soundtrack with drumrolls and reel noises will turn into heroic classical pieces on big wins.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 9 to A and continue at the high level with carnival tickets, hot dogs, bow and arrow targets and Buster himself. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 0.50x to 3x your stake. Doesn’t sound much but the sheer amount of ways will produce regularly wins on multiple lines. The wild symbol is Buster’s hammer, appearing only on the activated reels. The slot logo is the scatter with minimum three needed to trigger the free spins.
In the default setting, wild hammer symbols that will trigger the Wild Striker feature appear on reel three only. By activating the Buster Bet placed in the top right corner of the game window, the symbol will be also added to reels three and four to increase the chances to activate the feature. Level one is the default on the game, level two will add wild hammers to reel three and four, costing 50% extra while level three will add wild hammers to reels two, three and four for an extra 100%. For example, on a 1.00 credit bet size, level one will cost 1.00 credit, level two will cost 1.50 credits and level three will cost 2.00 credits.
The feature is triggered when wild hammer symbols land on any of the activated reels. After initial wins are paid, Buster will hit the Wild Striker on the left of the game window once for each reel where a wild hammer appeared on the spin. Based how good he strikes, he will turn up to five symbols on the reels into Gold Hammer Wild symbols. A new payout evaluation is made and additional wins awarded.
Three or more scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin will trigger 10 free spins, which cannot be retriggered. Before the round starts, the game window increases to a 5×8 format with 32,768 ways to win. Also, Buster will now be able to turn up to 8 symbols into Gold Hammer Wilds when he hits the striker. The best moment to score those monster wins on this slot as turning all three middle reels into wild symbols will create wins on minimum 4,096 ways.
Is this a hilarious sequel to the original? It definitely is. The gameplay is entertaining and watching Buster perform is a lot of fun. On top, the win potential is huge, especially in the free spins round. Even the base game has mega win potential as players can hit wins of up to 1,431 times their bet.