Rhyming Reels – Hearts and Tarts

Hearts and Tarts is a new video slot from Microgaming based on the famous nursery rhyme “The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts…”. The slot itself has 5 reels and 30 paylines to activate, with a maximum bet of 10 coins per line.

The gameplay is basic, in that there’s no bonus game here, but you can win 10 free spins on getting 3 or more scatter symbols appearing in the play area. The Scatter symbol is a crown and will give you 2x total bet for two symbols, up to 200x total bet for five appearing on screen.

During the free spins round, you’ll get stacked wilds, effectively increasing the chances of completing paylines when these line up (more so the closer to the left of the playing area that these appear, since winning combinations are calculated from left to right). In addition, all free spin wins are doubled, and the feature can be re-triggered.

The Wild symbol – a heart shaped “Hearts & Tarts” logo – is the highest paying symbol in the game, with a potential 4,000 payout for 5 on a payline. When the wild completes a winning payline, that win value is doubled.

The Queen of Hearts herself is a ‘normal’ symbol in the game, albeit one that pays quite well, but she has the additional benefit of being stacked (if you’ll excuse the term). This means get her to appear on a couple of reels together, and the chances of getting her to complete a winning payline are much increased due to the increased number of potential paylines that might be activated.

Hearts and Tarts Free Spins Win
Stacked symbols can result in big wins in the Free Spins feature

The Free Spins is where you’ll find the big wins. The combination of stacked wilds and stacked Queen of Hearts symbols is a powerful one, and getting lucky with a few of these can really pay off big time with several high value paylines being completed with the added bonus of the 2x multiplier applied to all free spin wins.