The Twisted Circus
Take a sinister spin on the vaudeville reels of the Twisted Circus Slot Machine, where nothing is quite what it seems, except the huge prizes on offer.
The Twisted Circus Features
- 243 ways to win across five reels in action packed base-game
- Wilds on the grid allow multiple winning combinations
- Free spin round with all prizes trebled for the duration
- Ability to re-trigger free spin round to add to your spin count
- Find three similar symbols in the pick a win game to grab a prize
- Wild symbol in the pick a win feature can help you hit the big money
Circus games are definitely a staple of the online casino slot industry. They remind players of childhood days when the fair came to town, usually with a host of carnival games in tow that often included a good selection of old time one armed bandits. Titles like Microgaming’s The Twisted Circus play upon these memories, taking gamers into a five reel big ring where anything can happen.
Musically The Twisted Circus is absolutely on point. It plays a whacked out, slightly spooky version of the classic circus theme the Entrance of the Gladiators. You might not recognise the name, but you’ll certainly know the tune when you hear it as the quintessential big ring sound. This is backed up by all kinds of crazy little sonic touches that add a macabre feel to the reels of this game. Microgaming has created a truly ghastly feeling slot machine here that’s sure to be loved by all players who have an affinity with the horror genre.
When it comes to the slot machine visuals The Twisted Circus slaps you in the face with its garishly coloured, near psychedelic reels. This is not a title for the feint hearted and if you’re one of those gamers that doesn’t like clowns then stay well away from this online slot machine. However, if you like your gambling with a slice of overblown graphics then this could well be the games for you – the animations literally light up the base-game grid and the cut screens that transition you through the bonus games work well with the theme of this title.
The Twisted Circus is a 243 ways to win game. It offers players a similar mechanism as that which can be found in games like Loose Cannon and Battlestar Galactica. Players are paid out a prize for any combination of consecutive adjacent symbols reading from left to right. Wilds hold the key to multiple combinations on the reels as they can substitute as many times as possible to help you on your winning ways – you’ll also be pleased to learn that the wild is a three times multiplier, greatly increasing the value of any combination it helps complete.
Stop in three of the special ticket scatters anywhere in view to enter The Twisted Circus’s free spin round. Here you’ll be gifted with thirteen free spins that take place on a special second set of reels where all the prize values, with the exception of the jackpot symbols, are trebled. This is where you tend to make the big money on this slot machine as the free spin bonus activation frequency is higher than that of the second screen game. You can re-trigger the bonus by hitting further scatters during the free spin game to add to your spin total. It’s also worth nothing that this online slot machine’s top jackpot of 60,000 coins is awarded if you’re lucky enough to hit five scatters anywhere in view.
The second bonus game on The Twisted Circus is a second screen based affair. This is activated when you hit the ringmaster bonus symbols on the last three reels, taking you to a second screen grid game. Here you get to reveal symbols on a 4×3 grid, looking to match three of a kind. There is one wild symbol hidden on the grid, which can help you complete a number of combinations at the same time, substituting for all other symbols on the grid. You can expect to take down a good prize from this game with a top award of 2,100 coins on offer, but we’ve found there’s more cash on offer from the free spin round.
With a top prize of 555,000 coins available in the free spin round, you’ll be able to run away from home and start your own travelling show if the top jackpot comes in for you.
Slot Professor Says
The Twisted Circus is another one of the 243 ways to win games from Microgaming. You have to ask yourself if they’re ever going to come up with something different as it seems that the majority of the online slots they’ve released in the 2013-2014 period have used this central game mechanic. It’s not that I don’t like titles like Breakaway, Battlestar Galactica, Loose Cannon and Alaskan Fishing - it’s just that these machines don’t quite have the same pay-out value as other standard fixed line slots.
Still The Twisted Circus is one of the better games in this range. The pay-outs are greatly increased by the addition of the wilds on the grid and the fact that you can score in multiple prizes where these substitute. This means that there’s more winning potential on your basic spins and when you compare the rewards on offer here to those available on similar slots, you’ll notice a marked difference in size.
Whilst I am a total sucker for big production values, speech and photo-real graphics, The Twisted Circus is a slot machine that I intend to return to time and time again. This is one title that’s got it where it absolutely counts – in the wins – and when you take away all the dancing girls, clowns and lion tamers, that’s what actually matters. Roll up, roll up, roll up…