Join The Carnival With Dancing in Rio by WMS


dancing-in-rio-slot-logoThe only way that WMS Gaming could have had better timing with their new Dancing in Rio video slot is they had released it during the carnival. After all, this new title is all about carnival and not necessarily the Olympic Games which were recently held in Rio de Janeiro. Ignoring that fact, what can we tell you about the game itself?

Dancing in Rio is played over a total of 5 reels and 40 paylines, and it is your typical carnival themed video slot in terms of appearance. The slot certainly isn’t shy about offering you decent wins, but you may find that you have to wait quite a while to land one.

This is because there are so any non-paying symbols cropping up on the reels. It is great when these symbols play a part in your win, but that doesn’t happen very often, which leaves players frustrated.

What we love

There are plenty of ways to win jackpots in this video slot. For kickers, WMS Gaming have made sure that there is a major progressive jackpot to be won, as well as 5 non-progressive jackpot prizes. You win them by landing green and/or red trigger icons on the reels. Keep in mind that if you wish to win the maximum bet, you need to be wagering at least 2.00 per spin.

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What we Do not Like

Whilst we do love the fact that there are plenty of progressive and non-progressive prizes up for grabs, we must say that we are not terribly thrilled with the method of triggering them. By being forced to land trigger symbols on the reels, WMS have ensured that there are two extra symbols that get in the way of you landing regular wins.


If you throw in the fact that there are also 5 different types of scatter icons on the reels, then you’ve got a total of 7 symbols which when they come good can really boost your wins.

However, on most spins they just become 7 symbols which interfere and stop you from winning a payline. This gets very frustrating after such a short span of time, and it really doesn’t take a genius to figure out what WMS Gaming’s logic was behind this.

Worth Playing?

Funnily enough, no. Personally, we’d say give this one a miss. Yes, it does have a progressive jackpot and plenty of big non-progressive prizes, but landing them is going to be a nightmare.

The slot also contains a predictable and over-used theme, the graphics aren’t going to blow you away, and there is a distinct lack of special bonuses and features. When you weigh it all up, are there better carnival themed slots out there?

Yes. Are there better progressive jackpot slots out there? Yes. Are there better games which combine both of these features? Probably. Dancing in Rio isn’t a bad slot, but one cannot escape feeling as though WMS Gaming are telling you that there are plenty of ways to win, whilst trying to conceal the fact that they’ve stuffed the slot without useless symbols to stop you from winning. Perhaps some players might feel differently, but I wouldn’t count on it.

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