Buster is back and is bigger than ever in Buster Hammer Carnival. Powered by Chance Interactive and NextGen Gaming, this game is played on a 5 by 5 grid with 3,125 to 32,768 ways to win – you can spin away from 50p to £12.50 a spin across all devices. It comes with exciting and unique features including the Mighty Free Spins feature where the number of ways increases.
Visually, Buster Hammer Carnival has a circus theme – it does look superb. In an industry first, the slot can appear pre-themed with Buster dressed for Halloween, Christmas, Chinese New Year and St Patrick’s Day. Anyway, symbols on the reels include circus style A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 playing cards as well as carnival tickets, hot dogs, bow and arrow targets and Buster himself. The latter is the most rewarding symbol giving you 12 times your stake for 5 in combination.
The hammer is the wild symbol and substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter. Buster Hammer Carnival comes with a Buster Bet feature if playing at Level 1, it will cost you between 50p and £12.50 a spin with Wild Hammers appearing on reel 3. At Level 2, you will see Wild Hammers on reels 3 and 4 – it will set you back between 75p and £17.50 per spin. At Level 3, it will cost you between £1 and £25 a spin but will see the wilds on the 3 middle reels.
If you manage to get 1 or more wild hammer symbols in a winning combination, you will activate the Wild Striker feature. Buster then hits the Wild Striker once for each reel it appears on with up to 5 symbols changing to Gold Wild Hammer symbols. All Wild Hammers also change to Gold Wild Hammers.
The main attraction is the Mighty Free Spins feature which is played when you get 3 or more Buster Hammer Carnival logo symbols, you will win 2, 10 or 50 times your stake (for 3, 4 or 5 scatters) as well as 10 free spins – these are played on a 5×8 grid with a massive 32,768 ways to win. This allows you to form more winning combinations for bigger potential payouts. Now, up 8 symbols are replaced with Gold Wild Hammers per reel when you trigger the Wild Striker feature.
In the base game, playing with 3,125 ways to win, you can pocket 1,431.25 times your stake on each spin. In the Mighty Free Spins feature (with 32,768 ways to win), your win potential increases by quite some way as you can win 8,704 times your stake on every free spin! Needless to say that Buster Hammer Carnival is medium to high variance.
Overall, I really like Buster Hammer Carnival – it looks great and has the potential for some very big wins in the Mighty Free Spins feature due to the huge amount of ways to win. If you play at Level 3, wilds can appear on the 3 middle reels which can result in lots of Gold Hammer Wilds added on every free spin. If you like the circus theme, Yggdrasil Gaming’s Golden Ticket is recommended.