The Australian slot machine manufacturer Aristocrat Technology extended its portfolio of online slot games with the launch of the More Hearts slot machine in February, 2013. This slot bears close resemblance to the Aussie manufacturer's previous hit, More Chili slot machine.
The theme of More Hearts however is rather ambiguous. The slot features gem stones, birds, lions and other wild animals and has a rather miscellaneous line up of symbols. Three symbols are hosted per reel. Like the More Chili slot machine, an impressive free spins bonus feature lies at the heart of the game's appeal.
More Hearts slot is available for play both online and offline, but is not compatible with mobiles yet. Game play for both, the free and real money version, is the same. The game has a Return to Player (RTP) percentage of 89.167 for the 25 payline game play. Stakes get higher if you play with 30 paylines as the ante bet raises the RTP of the More Hearts slot game to 95.691 percent.
The slot pays big money because of the heart symbols awarding reels to players during bonus rounds. If you land 14 hearts in quick succession during a bonus round, you could have four games simultaneously running free spins. And then there is the possibility that the bonus round re-triggers – setting stage for even higher wins. If you know the game well, playing the real money version can be very rewarding.
The More Hearths online slots game features the 5x5 reel layout and provides 25 winning paylines. These 25 paylines are accompanied by an optional ante bet worth five credits. The five-credit ante bet makes it a 30 payline game and increases the returns to player by a significant six percent.
Since you need one credit to purchase one line, you will need 30 credits minimum to play the ante bet along with all 25 lines – a small price to pay for the big money. On the screen, under the tag 'Lines', is a + symbol which must be clicked to use the +5 paylines feature.
The diamond symbol is the highest paying slot symbol and is also the wild symbol. It replaces all the symbols on the reel to make a winning combination, except the heart symbol and the scatter symbol. The More Hearts symbol is the scatter symbol for the game.
In the base game, heart symbols don't have any particular value attached to them. While playing the Free Spins Bonus round however, heart symbols become important. The higher the number of heart symbols you hit in view, the greater are your winnings – probably why the game was named More Hearts.
Collecting the scatter symbol wins you reel sets and wild symbols for those sets of reels. Nine Heart symbols, for instance, award you three reel sets and reel five as the wild reel. You get the maximum on collecting 30 Heart symbols, which awards wild reels three, four and five as well as four reel sets
The bonus feature gets triggered when you hit at least three More Hearts scatter symbols. The scatter symbol can be present anywhere on the reel. It triggers the Free Spin Bonus feature and a multiplier that awards you a win, double the bet you placed.
If you played using the additional five credits ante bet, three or more scatter symbols reward you with 15 free games. Without the ante bet, you will be awarded 12 free games in the Free Spin Bonus feature. Once the free spins are awarded, the More Hearts slot machine divides the screen into four sections with two games running at the same time.
Since hitting nine heart symbols awards you three sets of reels, a third game opens simultaneously on the screen. Similarly, hitting 14 heart symbols will get a fourth game running.
Apart from hitting three or more More Hearts Scatter symbol, the bonus rounds also get randomly triggered at the end of a spin. The randomly-generated Free Spins Bonus feature awards two reel sets and 15 free spins with the ante bet (or 12 free spins, without the ante bet) to begin with.