Heart’s Desire Pokie Review


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Betsoft is marking the occasion by releasing their Heart’s Desire online pokie. This five-reel, 30-payline game offers wins up to 1787x the player’s wager, as well as four progressive jackpots. For more information, please see the following poker machine review.


This is a high volatility pokie, which means that wins don’t come along quite as often. When they do, however, you can expect them to be larger than most machines.

When playing a high volatility poker machine, it’s important to exercise patience and have a solid bankroll. The wins will come eventually, so try not to lose your mind in the meantime.


If you want a long-term indication of a game’s payback percentage, you can find it by looking at the RTP (“return to player”). For example, a pokie with an RTP of 95% will pay back and average of $95 for every $100 wagered.

Please keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to play thousands of games in a row to achieve the true RTP. Otherwise, you’ll be subjected to short-term variance.

The return-to-player percentage for Heart’s Desire is 96.13%. That’s a solid number for an online pokie, and it’s much better than what you’ll find at land-based casinos.

Hit Rate

The hit rate indicates how often a poker machine will deliver a winning spin. In this case, the hit rate is 22.36%, which isn’t the most impressive percentage. Just keep in mind that the game normally delivers above-average paydays when it does hit.


There are 11 wagers to choose from, and these range from $0.30 to $120. While a low roller can enjoy this game, most options tend to be more expensive. For this reason, I suggest playing this game only if you have a sturdy bankroll.

Virtual reels on the Hearts Desire pokie

Heart’s Desire Paytable

The following are the most common reel symbols, and I’ve also included sample payouts for a wager of $22.50 per spin. Prize money will rise or fall based on the size of your wager.

  • Cherries & Watermelon – Pay $3.75 for three matches, $7.50 for four and $37.50 for five.
  • Grapes and Bananas – Pay $6 for three matches, $11.25 for four and $45 for five.
  • Orange – Pays $7.50 for three matches, $15 for four and $150 for five.
  • Seven =Pays $11.25 for three matches, $30 for four and $225 for five.
  • Diamond – Pays $15 for three matches, $48.75 for four and $750 for five.
  • Wild – This symbol can appear on reels two through five. It substitutes for all symbols except the pink or gold hearts.
  • Scatter – This is the golden heart. If you get five or more, it triggers the Free Spins round.

Progressive Jackpot

These four jackpots can trigger after any spin, regardless of whether it was a winner. Larger wagers carry a greater chance of a payday. Jackpots include Mini, Minor, Major and Mega.

Stacked Mystery Symbols

Each reel has stacked mystery symbol positions. Before each spin, all these spaces are filled with an identical symbol. These include the following: cherries, watermelon, grapes, bananas, orange, seven, diamond and golden heart.

Free Spins

This feature triggers when the player gets five or more golden heart scatter symbols. When this happens, the player immediately receives five complimentary spins.

Before the free spins take place, the value on all golden hearts are added together on a meter. More golden hearts can appear during the free spins, and their value is also added to the meter.

The pink heart (special scatter) also appears during this mode. Its win value is added from the cumulative meter, and it carries a multiplier ranging from 2x to 5x.

Final Thoughts

As you might expect, Betsoft has turned out another winner. Heart’s Desire is both simple and profitable to play, and the RTP is on par with the best virtual pokies. My only complaint would be the lacklustre theme, but that’s hardly a reason to skip a potentially lucrative poker machine.