Alice in Wonderland-themed Agent of Hearts is the third offering in the Rabbit Hole Riches Adventure trilogy, grinning cats, exploding cupcakes, helpful characters from the story, and a cluster paying 7x7 grid setup.
Released in August 2021 by Sweden-based Play’n GO, Agent of Hearts is visually impressive with a Dr. Seuss-type forested backdrop, floating teapots, a grid of gemstones and character icons, and four somewhat disturbing character agents: the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Dormouse.
As you try to light up cluster wins by matching gemstones across the grid, the four agents constantly make appearances to help you along, resulting in furious fast-paced action that can almost seem overwhelming with animations.
While not for everyone, Agent of Hearts has visual appeal, high volatility and is reminiscent of Reactoonz 2: there’s always something going on. It’s a symphony of fantasy elements, digital artwork mixed with a fairytale soundtrack that tries to make up for gameplay that doesn’t quite come together.
Agent of Hearts uses a cluster pays scheme with wins occurring when at least five adjacent matching symbols line up on the grid. When a winning cluster hits, that cluster is removed from the grid, with remaining symbols falling into empty spaces below, leading to potentially more wins. Once winning clusters run out, the player spins again.
Symbols that drop consist of different coloured gemstones and the four agent symbols, as well as the wild W hearts which assist in winning clusters, and keys which unlock the Queen’s Heart Free Spin. Winning clusters provide different values.
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Gameplay is fast and chaotic. Symbols are constantly dropping and disappearing, wins rack up at a quick rate, keys unlock the three heart chests, and the four agents invoke their unique powers to aid you in your quest to unlock the safe containing the Queen's heart.
You collect agent symbols with winning clusters. When you collect six of an agent’s symbols, that agent’s special power is unleashed. The White Rabbit at times appears at random to unlock an agent’s special power as well.
The agent powers include:
- The Mad Hatter: Between six and nine spinning Hatter symbols appear on the grid, removing adjacent symbols and changing the symbols they land on to another random symbol.
- The Cheshire Cat: A giant cat’s grin appears over the grid, removing or changing the symbols it lands on.
- The Caterpillar: Smoke trails are blown across the grid diagonally, removing or changing the symbols they land on.
- The Dormouse: As the mouse runs across the grid, it leaves cupcake bombs behind which remove or change the symbols underneath as they explode.
The agent powers are all quite fun with the Grinning Cat being especially creepy.
When you manage to collect three keys in a single spin, the White Rabbit appears to reward you with a Queen's Heart Free Spin. Once you hit spin, all four agent special powers play out consecutively before up to seven wilds are distributed throughout the grid and a 3x2 grid of wilds (actually one big one) lands on the grid, helping you out with cluster matches. It’s a great way to really rack up big wins.
Agent of Hearts is an interesting take on the Alice in Wonderland theme. Being the third in this series, Play’n GO took risks to avoid being repetitive and stale, and while the agent's powers add a satisfying element, it feels like the concept had promise but left something on the table. The powers are graphically spectacular, but they all pretty much do the same thing, with patterns being the only real difference. The developers could have went with more interesting options here.
Also, the story that ties it all together feels like they made it up after completing the game. Still, the graphics are great, the soundtrack is magical, and slots players will have fun with this one.
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A high but variable volatility, variable (around 95) return to player percentage, and a max win total of 5,262 times the bet makes for solid payouts.
If you love fantasy-adventure and have an affection for the characters in Alice in Wonderland, you’ll like Agent of Hearts. It isn’t perfect, but it does a good job of what it sets out to do: provide fun and interesting gameplay with a different take on the series.