Cirque du Slots from Rival Gaming
While there are plenty of slot games themed on the circus, these are mostly retro or traditional big-top themes. Think bears on bicycles, ringmasters with big moustaches and striped tents and you are along the right lines. Conversely, Cirque du Slots is a more modern circus, with acrobats and clowns on the reels.
As well as an interesting theme, there are some interesting elements of the game too. First up, there is an expanding wild during regular play, which can sometimes cover more than one reel. Second, the bonus round goes through three separate ‘acts’. As you progress the behavior of the wild symbol gets progressively better – with some serious win potential by the time you enter act 3.
How to Win on Cirque du Slots
You’ll hit a lot of wins from the 25 win-lines of this game. While no individual win is particularly big, the combination of several wins at once (particular in the free spins where you’ll get expanding wilds) can add up to large payouts.
The top symbol could be a clown or a mime, it is purple in color and worth 600 coins for 5, 125 coins for 4 and 30 coins for 3. The top hat is next, clocking in at 400 coins for 5 on a line. The other props and costume pieces trigger the next biggest wins, with the yellow and purple hat (300 for 5), eye mask (200), ball (150) and juggling clubs (110) all adding splashes of color to the reels. There are playing card symbols ace through to nine for smaller win amounts.
Wild symbols are represented by the green acrobat with the word ‘wild’ on it. When you land once of these an acrobat will leap up from below the reels, do a summersault and turn the entire reel wild. This can generate a lot of wins, especially those times when you get more than one wild reel.
There are two more symbols, both of which have a role in the bonus features. These are the clowns face and the unicycle.
Cirque du Slots Bonus Game
3 or more of the clowns anywhere on the reels will trigger the free spins bonus game. You will see a pop up in front of the reels and click ‘ok’ to start. While you always get 7 spins, the prize you get from the clowns varies according to how many are on the reels. 3 gets you 1x your total spin amount, 2 gets you 5x this amount and 5 gets you 25x your total spin amount.
During the free spins, the green acrobat symbol behaves differently depending on which ‘act’ you are playing in. First of all this will expand horizontally instead of vertically. This means you’ll definitely hit at least one 5 of a kind win – as all 5 symbols across the reels will be wild. You’ll also hit several other wins, depending on how the symbols fall.
Hitting the unicycle 3 times on the reels will trigger a win (2x spin for 3, 5x for 4 and 25x for 5), and will also move you to the next ‘act’ of the performance. Now when you hit the free spins the acrobat wilds get even better.
Gameplay and Design
There are 25 win lines across this slot, which has the standard 5 reels each with 3 symbols. What I like about Rival Gaming Slots is that you always have flexibility in terms of how many lines you play and the size of your coins. I recommend sticking to all 25 lines (when you get expanding wilds in the bonus game this can help maximize your wins). You can spin from as little as 1c per line.
The design of this title is very up to date, and has a luxury feel about it. Symbols are beautifully drawn, and spin on transparent reels above a background of the circus curtain. The animations stand out, particularly the acrobat which appears when you hit the expanding wilds –though the big win animation is also worth seeing. A relaxed tune flows over your game play.
Overall Experience with Cirque du Slots
This slot is a visual treat, and has been beautifully produced by Rival Gaming. There is plenty going on with the different expanding wilds, and the progressive nature of this game keeps you engaged too. A break out bonus game to go with the free spins would make this slot complete, though it is plenty good enough as it stands – check out Cirque du Slots for yourself soon.