5 Reel Circus Slot


The first thing you’ll notice when playing this slot is the background soundtrack. This is a mix of a muted crowd babbling away and a muffled fairground type tune. Together with the colorful graphics they give this circus themed online slot game from Rival Gaming a somewhat surreal feel. This feeling is added to when you hit a win. This triggers a honking sound, like one you would associate with a clown.

Lining up the strange collection of circus themed symbols does have a serious side. You can win up to 7500 coins from a single line. There is also a free spins bonus game, during which all of your wins will be tripled. Overall this is not the most engaging or interactive slot in the Rival Gaming range. You will find it entertaining enough to take for a spin though – whether you play for real money or simply enjoy as a free online slot game.

Winning Spins on the 5 Reel Circus Slot

There are 15 win lines crossing the 5 reel by 3 row grid that makes up this slot. All of the symbols require a minimum of 2 from the left to pay, depending on the symbol, with the Tiger (wild) the best paying symbol. Lining up 5 of these will get you 7500 coins during regular play, and many more during the free spins bonus game. 4 tigers are worth 2000 coins with 200 for 3 and a consolation prize of 10 coins for 2.  Tigers also replace any of the other symbols (though not the scatters) to create more winning combinations.

Next in the prize list comes the human cannonball. There is an animation when you hit a win with this, though the cannon disappointingly does not fire. This is worth 750 coins for 5 on a line, down to 8 coins for 2. The ringmaster, clown, bearded lady, steam organ, acrobat, sea lion, elephant, bear riding a bicycle and lion make up the other winning symbols. This slot stands out from the crowd by not using the playing card symbols which are found on the majority of slot games.

Scatter symbols pay a multiple of your total bet, rather than a number of coins. These trigger payments for the total number of symbols on the reels, not relying on being on a win-line. You can get a maximum of 100x your total bet by landing 5 of the big top symbols – and will get a ‘double honk’ from the clown when you do make a scatter win.

5 Reel Circus Free Spins Game

The only feature of note on this slot is the free spins bonus round. When you hit 3+ scatters on a regular spin, you will see a pop-up message announcing 10 free spins and will click ‘ok’ to start them running.

This game looks and behaves the same as the regular spins. However, all wins you hit during the bonus are tripled. This makes the top win 22,500 coins (for 5 wilds) while this bonus is happening. You will see a small box appear above the reels on the left to keep track of your total wins. If you hit 3+ scatters while in the bonus game, this is extended by another 10 spins.

There is no special screen after this game ends. All that happens is that the ‘spin’ button returns to active service.

Playing 5 Reel Circus from Rival Gaming

You can change the number of coins, amount of each coin and the number of win-lines played before you start to spin. Coins start at just 1c and go up to $1. You can choose to play between 1 and 5 per line, and up to the maximum lines. This makes the largest spin amount $75 a go, while the smallest for all of the lines is just 15c. There is an auto play option.

The colors on this slot are slightly muted, which goes with the surreal atmosphere provided by the background tune and clown ‘honks’ when you win. Around the frame of the reels is a red and orange striped effect with a classic circus logo above. The reels have a brown striped background with the different shaped symbols giving a slightly chaotic feel to the game. There are small animations when you win, though these are basic compared to those on many newer Rival Gaming slots.

Overall Experience

This is a simple 5 reel video slot, which has a certain charm in a lightly crazy way. There is certainly the opportunity for bigger wins, especially with the 3x multiplier during the free spins game. While this slot is enjoyable enough for an occasional spin, I do not see it as distinctive or engaging enough to become a long term favorite.

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