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Harlequin Carnival

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Harlequin Carnival is an online slot produced by Nolimit City. The long-term average RTP of this title is 96.14%, whilst its volatility is high. ...

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  • Fairly surreal graphics and sound
  • Feature-rich game with nudging wilds
  • Potential for massive wins
  • Free spin bonus seldom triggered
  • Very low chance for serious wins



Harlequin Carnival is a five-reel, three-row online slot from Nolimit City. This title has 20 always-on paylines and free spin features as well as nudging wilds and win multipliers.

The symbols in Harlequin Carnival are all the sorts of characters you would expect to see in a masquerade ball, as well as your standard playing card inspired symbols, although in a twist here they are all Aces in the four different suits.

Watch out for the wild Harlequin, which will nudge its way across the reels whilst multiplying your wins and providing free respins.

Theme, Graphics & Soundtrack

Harlequin Carnival looks to be set in a gorgeous classical garden, surrounded by marble statues, steps and flowers. The reels are bejewelled and all symbols look to be highly opulent.

The graphics are stylised and cartoon-esque, which suits the theme, with all winning animations short and to the point. Helpfully, paylines are shown when winning combinations land, helping players to keep track of their successes.

The game features some rather interesting arrangements of Brahms' Hungarian Dance Number 5, as well as Mozart's Turkish Rondo during respins. These are punctuated with winning jingles and other sound effects as the game progresses and a particularly lovely rendition of the Can Can should you get a big win. This all adds to the rather surreal air to the title.

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Harlequin Carnival RTP and Variance

The long-term average RTP of Harlequin Carnival is 96.14%, making it slightly above average for games of this type. The high variance means that there is the potential for some very big wins here, although players should expect to wait patiently for the chances at these big totals.

How to Play Harlequin Carnival

  1. A great thing to do when checking out a game for the first time is to take a look at the paytable. The paytable in Harlequin Carnival is found by clicking the three-dots button towards the bottom left-hand corner of the reels. The paytable shows details of win amounts if winning combinations appear on the reels, game rules, paytable patterns and how bonus features work.
  2. Set your bet by clicking the dollar sign in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. This brings up the bet menu, where the available stake amounts are displayed on screen. Simply click the desired bet amount to select it.
  3. Via the three-dots menu, other game settings such as volume can be changed by clicking the cog which appears on the right-hand side of the screen.
  4. To spin the reels manually, click the large spin button on the right-hand side of the reels.
  5. The play button directly below the spin button activates auto play. This allows up to 1000 spins to run consecutively. This can be stopped at any point by clicking the stop button which appears in its place.
  6. To speed up spins, click the lightning bolt in the right-hand corner of the reels.
  7. It is important that you play Harlequin Carnival responsibly by setting a budget for each play session and sticking to it. When the fun stops, stop!

Bet Sizes & Paytable Wins

The minimum bet per spin in Harlequin Carnival is 0.20, whilst the maximum spin bet is 100.00. This makes Harlequin Carnival suitable for players with all different kinds of budgets. Bets are available in various different configurations, with bigger jumps between values when you get to the higher levels.

Matching five of the wild harlequins pays out 15x the total bet. As the wild always covers the entire reel, matching five wilds will cover all paylines whilst adding multipliers to the win for a potentially eye-watering win.

Matching five of the sun masks on an active payline pays out 15x the total bet.

Matching five of the moon masks on an active payline pays out 10x the total bet.

Matching five of the cat masks on an active payline pays out 7.5x the total bet.

Remember all paylines work simultaneously, so you could win on all 20 lines at the same time, providing you with a nice payout.

Harlequin Carnival Bonus Features 

The Harlequin will nudge down and fill all of the rows of each reel it lands on. A neat twist to this feature is that every nudge needed to get the Harlequin fully onto the reels will apply a multiplier to the win. Several wild multipliers can combine to get you up to 7x the win.

Landing a nudged Harlequin sets off the Harlequin Respin, which walks the Harlequin one reel at a time to the left before respinning. This continues until your final Harlequin wild hits the first reel. Additional Harlequin respins can be triggered should the wild appear during these respins.

During Harlequin Respins or the core game, watch out for the bonus symbols. Collecting three will activate eight Harlequin Bonus spins. To begin with, a Harlequin Wild will appear on the fifth reel, activating a 3x multiplier, which will continue as the wild walks to reel one. Collect three bonus symbols to set off another Wild on reel 5.

If you're a fan of the nudge bonus, check out our index of games with a nudge feature, where you can find all manner of titles, including this.

Harlequin Carnival Review: Our Verdict

This is a feature-rich title which is likely to keep players interested for a good while.

Disclaimer: Harlequin Carnival trademark / license is owned by NoLimit City. This site is not endorsed by NoLimit City.

Slot Data
Slot Name: Harlequin Carnival
Software: NoLimit City
RTP: 96.14%
Paylines: 20
Reels: 5
Min Bet (all lines covered): £0.20 (GBP)
Max Bet: £100 (GBP)
Top Win: 5861
Features: Wild Symbol, Scatter Symbol, Multiplier, Free Spins, Respins, Nudges, 5 Reels, Sticky Wilds
UK Available in UK? Yes. NoLimit City have a UKGC license and are allowed to offer their games at UK licensed casinos.


Is it possible to play Harlequin City for free?

Yes, thanks to Nolimit City online slots demo feature, Harlequin City is available for free demo play. Stake fun currency on the outcome of the spins and get to experience core gameplay as well as features. Trying before you buy is often the best way to see if a game is worth your time and real money.

Are there any other games with a similar theme?

If you loved the theme of Harlequin Carnival, why not check out the Masquerade slot from Red Tiger Gaming? Masquerade is a 20-payline slot with jumbo and expanding wilds.

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