A ringleader, a strongman, a buxom showgirl and a clown – no, not the Grand Final line-up of Britain’s Got Talent, but just some of the icons on show in slot developer Microgaming’s circus-themed slot, Carnival Royale, which brings all the fun of the Big Top to a PC near you. Even better, there’s not a sign of Simon Cowell anywhere.
Utilizing their unique 243 ways pay system, Microgaming’s slot actually starts at $0.01 coin bets, but pockets up to $0.50 a coin are catered for too. While the regular 10-through-Ace symbols complete the reels, it’s the acrobatic monkey that is most interesting, acting as the game’s Wild. He appears on reels 2 to 4 only, substituting for all symbols other than the two Scatters on show.
The Fortune Teller Scatter symbol triggers a free spins bonus round when hitting three on the reels anywhere. This ‘Carnival Attraction’ actually offers a choice of three free spins possibilities: the ‘Bottle Toss’ game gives 15x free spins with a 3x multiplier, the fortune teller awards 10 spins at 5x, or Hugo the Strongman gives out 5 spins with a healthy 10x multiplier. It’s a strategy a lot of Microgaming’s slots offer – do you go for lots of spins but with a miserly multiplier or plump for fewer slots with a tasty 10x multiplier?
Also check out the Balloon Burst icon, as this trigger’s the game’s other feature. Essentially a Pick Me Bonus game, you have to pick from a selection of balloons to burst. Within each one is hidden a different prize; keep picking until you hit the Collect sign and you return to the base game. You can earn some tasty bonus wins this way, but the Scatter is a little tricky to hit in the first place, only appearing as it does on reels 3, 4 and 5.
The fun of the circus is a theme that lends itself well to online slots – the colors, sounds, party atmosphere and rejects from Britain’s Got Talent. If this slot has whetted your appetite for circus fare, make sure to check out OpenBet’s big top-themed Big Top Extravaganza or The Great Casini, Amaya Gaming’s take on the life of the legendary escapologist, Houdini.
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