When we think about circuses, there are two very different imagines that might come to mind. First, there are the family-friendly shows with funny clowns, impressive acrobats and lots of exotic animals. Who doesn’t love this sort of circus? But then, there’s the other imagery that we associate with the big top: the mysterious world of freaks, carnival sideshows and shady figures who don’t feel quite so wholesome to us.
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That second type of circus is the one explored in the up coming Microgaming slot machine, The Twisted Circus. In this game, you’ll get to take a trip to the center ring, but the performers are anything but ordinary. There are fire breathers, Siamese twins, snake handlers and others who are very impressive – but also more than a little bit creepy.
Twisted Circus is a 243-ways slot machine, meaning that you won’t have to figure out if a winning combination happened to land on one of your paylines. Instead, the entire machine is your payline: if any winning combination of symbols lands from left to right across the reels, you’ll win, regardless of the exact positions of those symbols on each reel. Players still have plenty of control over how much they wager, though, with bets of up to £120 per spin reportedly being available – however the graphics aren’t as sensational as the True Illusions slot machine from Betsoft Gaming’s 3D range of games.
In this game, you’ll be matching the aforementioned performers along with more of their coworkers, including contortionists and monkeys. In most cases, you’re going to need to hit three or more in a row to score a win. The symbols themselves are easily distinguished, and are quite attractive, too: each one features an appropriate color scheme, such as a green background for the snake handler, and red behind the fire breather.
There are also a few special symbols to key your eye on during the course of play. First of all, you can expect to see plenty of wild things at the circus, so Twisted Circus has included a wild symbol – the Twisted Circus logo – that can substitute for any of the standard symbols to help make you a winner. There’s also a ticket symbol that acts as the scatter symbol; hit three or more of these symbols on the same spin, and you’ll earn yourself 13 free spins. During these spins, all of your winnings will be tripled, and you can retrigger more free spins if you hit the right combination again during the game.
The bonus round on this slot comes courtesy of the Ringmaster himself, a diminutive man who oversees the entire circus. If you should hit three of him on the same spin (he only appears on the third, forth and fifth reels), you’ll be granted access into a second-screen game with potentially enormous rewards. In this matching game, you’ll be presented with 16 symbols to reveal. Each time you reveal a symbol, you’ll uncover one of four different performers, each of which grants you a different prize. Matching three of the same symbol will unlock that prize; there’s also a bonus Wild symbol that can complete any winning combination, or complete several at the same time if you unlock it at the right time – potentially winning you several of the prizes!
Twisted Circus looks to be a fun and inventive slot machine, and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action.