Get ready for a Brazilian party at the Queens Festival, a 5-reel, 40-payline carnival-themed slot machine powered by 2BY2 Gaming. The goodies offered in this fiesta include transforming symbols, a bonus of choice and a characteristic trick that offers up to 20 free spins with a multiplier of 2x. Join the action between £ 40p and £ 160 per spin.

The Queens Festival design has a real carnival feel: tambourines, drums, masks and fireworks are symbols of the heart. Better still, the carnival queens quartet awards between 30 and 200 coins if you manage to land 3, 4 or 5 on any of the 40 paylines. The most paid symbol is the Festival Queens logo, which awards 1,000 coins for a combo of 5 symbols.

There are some nice animations to announce each winning round, all supported by a bouncy soundtrack, a samba-style drumkit and call and answer voices. Everything is going pretty well. Watch out for nature – it can hit rollers 2, 3, 4 or 5 and replace all other symbols except the Carnival symbol.

Reach 3, 4 or 5 of these carnival games anywhere on the reels and trigger the Free Spin Bonus feature and 10, 15 or 20 free spins. Before the free spins begin, choose one of the 4 boxes to reveal a queen of the festival. Whenever it is part of a winning combination during free spins, this gain will be doubled and doubled.

It should also be noted some other features: at each turn, piles of mysterious white masks can land. They can turn into all the other symbols apart from the wild and scattered symbol and help build great winning combinations. Mystery masks are also in play during free spins.

You will see that red boxes may sometimes appear randomly above the reels. Once you have collected 5 of them, you activate the bonus feature of selecting a mask: you just have to choose one of the 5 boxes displayed to reveal money, a multiplier or win all the prizes .

As you’d expect from a festive slot machine, there’s a lot to enjoy at Queens Festival. The design is good and the soundtrack is going well. The features are not bad either. Mystery masks can help things, but the best opportunities come in free spins. We found it was a random deal, totally missing sometimes but on other occasions earning more than 80 times our bet on a single free spin. We would put the variance in the medium term.

We were pleasantly surprised by the Queens Festival. Combining a festive atmosphere with good bonus rounds, this Brazil themed slot machine is a complete performer. If you like the theme, I recommend the Samba Carnival by Play ‘N Go.