This is not Microgaming’s first time to the circus but in Twisted Circus the developer departs from the Big Top and instead prowls the sideshow and carnival barkers.
This is a five-reel slot that does away with the familiar paylines and employs Microgaming’s innovative 243 Ways to Win where coins are returned for any same symbols on three adjacent reels. The Way Wins are multiplied by the coins staked and all wins pay left to right. Only the highest winning combination is awarded.
Forget the striped tent and bright colours of your usual circus. When the deep red curtain rises on these performers it is so dark you can barely see the hand at the end of your arm. On the bill is a fire breather, a tattooed strongman, a snake charmer wearing little more than her serpent, Siamese twins, fortune tellers, a contortionist and a hermaphrodite. Providing a little levity in this intimidating line-up is an organ-grinder’s monkey. Or maybe not when you hear the music coming out of his accordion.
The Twisted Circus Logo is the Wild symbol and when it arrives in a ring of fire all the circus performer symbols are substitute for. When this happens and it forms a winning combination that award is tripled. And five flaming Wilds will return a 15,000-coin jackpot.
The smarmy Ringmaster is the Scatter in this Twisted Circus. When he appears on the reels three or more time he activates a Circus Match Bonus. You are escorted to a special stage with 16 blue stars behind which are either performers or Wild logos. Start picking and continue to do so until you gather three of the performers and your prize will be based on their value – the Firebreather is the most valuable and the comely Siamese twins the least. If you find three Wilds before completing a set of any of the performers you will win the award from all four performers.
A tattered paper Admission Ticket is the game’s Scatter and three or more will trigger free spins, thirteen in all. During the bonus play not only can you enjoy triple awards but you win more free games and launch the Circus Match Bonus as well. When that happens you can expect to be asked to join the Twisted Circus as the character whose pockets are too full of coins to walk.