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Hearts and Tarts slot from Microgaming

Hearts and Tarts slot from Microgaming
Some say this slot is based on the English poem and nursery rhyme “The queen of Hearts,” but then where is the King? Where are the punishers? And where the 2 waitresses come from? Is the person with the small red hat and the ribbon supposed to be the knave/rogue who stole the sweets? No, this person looks more like an old lady who couldn’t get enough of her cookies on the side of her teacup.

Others reckon that the slot main character is loosely constructed as the Queen of Hearts character, from 'Alice in Wonderland,' by the author Lewis Carroll. Being short-tempered, bossy, often foolish, or enraged, the Queen was portrayed in her core as fundamentally piteous. Alice, feeling unjustly punished by the Queen, called her a "fat, pompous, bad-tempered old tyrant."

We, however, think that the 2011 released Hearts and Tarts slot machine from Microgaming consists of bits of both stories, depicting a pastry shop focused on quality baked heart-shaped cookies and tarts. Besides the finest cakes, pies, and brownies in the business, the phony and theatrical Lady Heart - the boss offers coffee, tea, and cocoa in her dining room. You can immediately see that the plumpy Lady Heart, who is obsessed with her own oven creations, often takes a munch on the honeyed sweets and the sugary tarts too!

The technical aspects of this Medium Volatility game are a 5x3 grid with 30 pay lines, theoretical RTP of 96.1%, and excellent maximum potential of up to 2 400 000 coins in the Free Spins.

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Personal testers’ opinion

This game is part of the Rhyming Reels series of titles from Microgaming together with Old King Cole (2012), Georgie Porgie (2013), and Jack & Jill (2013). All 4 slots have a simple design, decent 2D graphics, and outmoded grace. All 4 of them lost their initial popularity but are still enjoyed by many players.

The first good news about the Hearts and Tarts slot machine is the alluring maximum prospect of over 2 mln coins one can achieve here. So, the giant game potential assigned by the developer - is on board. The second positive is the statistical probability of getting any hit (winning) equal to 41.5%, i.e. 42 out of 100 spins will bring some payout, which is a generous figure.

However, most of the wins are smaller than or equal to the stake, and basically, the machine is not capable of preserving the balance steady. Therefore we do not recommend the slot to the bonus hunters (it gets only 3.66 points out of 10 on the wagering meter). Also, the waiting for the bonus round could be quite lengthy - statistically, after every 143rd spin, one Free Spins round should be expected. Our team's maximum reward during tests was 241x the total bet, but the average payout from the bonus game was only 37x the bet. We leave neutral advice for playing with real money deposits.

Hidden parameters and settings of the slot (data from testing)

  • Hearts and tarts slot The frequency of triggering the bonus is statistically, every 143rd spin (0,70%).
  • The probability of a hit (any winning) is 41,48%.
  • The distribution of the winnings is 46% in the usual spins and 54% in the bonus feature.
  • The maximum payout during the tests was 241x.
  • The average winning from the bonus was 37x.
  • Volatility is 9,16 out of 20 (average).
  • The cycle length is average.
  • The rating of the slot machine for the wagering is 3,66 out of 10.
  • RTP of 96.1% allows getting a positive mathematical expectation at the casino.

Settings

  • Number of reels 5
  • The playing lines are 30
  • The cost of one coin is from 0.01 to 0.05
  • Number of coins per line - from 1 to 10
  • The range of coin sizes - from 0.01 to 15
  • The maximum win for a spin - 4000 coins (five wild symbols)
  • Maximum winnings in the bonus - 2 400 000 coins (in the free spins mode)
  • Wild symbol - yes (Red Heart, doubles winnings)
  • Scatters - yes (Crown)
  • Free spins - yes (three or five symbols of Crown will be given 10 free spins with x2 multiplier)
  • Bonus game - no
  • Progressive jackpot - not played out
  • The expected percentage of the payment in the slot is 96.1%

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Written by Kamen Valev
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