From fat boy Georgie Porgie, we now go to another fat boy in Hearts & Tarts, the second game in the Rhyming Reels series. Fat boys and fat ladies seem to be very popular with Microgaming designers, for one reason or another, which I don't even want to know why either. In this game, we can see why the boy cannot be slim. He's forever munching on a tart biscuit, a tart cookie, a tart whatever. No wonder he's a tart fart. Err, I mean a tad fat.
The logo 'Hearts & Tarts' is the Wild symbol, 5 of which pays 4000x the line bet. It doubles all wins with it, and substitutes for other symbols except for the Scatter symbol. It isn't stacked in the base game but is stacked in the Free Spins game. The Crown is the Scatter symbol, 5 of which pays 200x the total bet, which is doubled the usual, and that's fairly good. Getting 3, 4 or 5 of the Scatter symbols trigger 10 free spins with all wins doubled, and more free spins can be retriggered. The paytable indicates 'win up to 2.4 million coins' in the Free Spins game, or 8,000x the total bet, but I really cannot see how this can be achieved or won in any Free Spins game that has only 10 free spins for starters, and with only a 2x multiplier. Even with many retriggers, which is a big rarity for any Microgaming game, and with just an average paytable, I just cannot work it out. Could this be a mistake from the game designers, or just a marketing hype to attract players to keep on playing? I really do not know. It just seems so impossible to achieve! As for the symbols in the game, the Fat Lady pays 1000x, the Fat Boy pays 800x, the Waitresses pay 600x, and the rest pay from 400x to 30x, all per line bet for 5 of each kind. An average paytable but more on the low side.
The first thing that I found was that the Autoplay button doesn't work at all, which was a nuisance, because I had to manually make the spins, or settle for that miserable 10 spins on auto option. Why it wasn't functioning, I had no idea. The Fat Lady symbol is stacked in both the base game and in the Free Spins game, but the Wild symbol is only stacked in the Free Spins game. Nonetheless, in my plays, the Wild symbol hardly come stacked at all, mostly just single Wild symbols on the reels, as compared to the regular stacked Fat Lady symbols. This was disappointing to me, because I would prefer the Wilds to be more frequently stacked, providing more chances for wins. The stacked Fat Lady symbols were hardly ever useful anyway.
The Free Spins games were hard to come by, but I did get 2 of them in one of my plays, but the payouts were worlds apart. One was a blardy low 4x, whilst the other one was a decent 50x my bet amount. Generally speaking, I did not enjoy playing Hearts & Tarts, and this game isn't even close to that of Georgie Porgie's game.