Welcome to the Wild Circus – the only circus in the world that makes you rich! Wild Circus is one of the most uplifting and enjoyable slots we’ve come across in a long time. The characters are quirky and fun, while the blockbuster bonus round is activated incredibly often and pays out handsomely indeed. Our review looks at everything from top-to-bottom: symbols, payouts, bonuses, you name it!
Read on to get the scoop on one of 2018’s biggest hits.
Gameplay Overview & Symbols
It’s an anthropomorphised crazy animal circus, and you’re invited! The base game puts you in a reddened circus with catchy music, great vibes, and fast spinning. Unfortunately, as a high variance game, wins of note are exceedingly rare during regular play – I don’t remember us topping 2-3x stake over the course of an hour.
It’s all about landing those 3 penguins (aka the bonus symbols) and triggering a cacophony of free spins, pick-me’s and straight-up cash giveaways. So, without further ado, let’s examine the good stuff.
The Bonus Rounds
Well, if this isn’t one of the most creative bonus systems ever launched on an online slot, then we’ll eat our hats. There is a long series of possibilities once you land the 3 bonus symbols (those pilot-dressed penguins) and each is more lucrative than the last! Let’s take a look at exactly what’s on offer:
- Elephant Spins – The elephant bounces his ball and the spins start climbing: when he stops, that’s your allocation. Every time an elephant “Upgrade” symbol lands on the reels, your win multiplier increases! Once you’ve cashed in (and trust us, you will cash in big) on your spins, you’re given a 50:50 chance to retrigger all of your spins again! And if you lose, you simply collect your cash. No risk!
- Fire Breather – Select a flaming torch and watch as the fire-breather extinguishes the fire to reveal a cash prize. The round keeps going until the fire breather’s face turns completely black with soot.
- Jester Spins – Select a box, receive between 10 and 17 spins. Whenever a jack-in-the-box symbol appears on the reels, it explodes into a series of wilds (usually 3-4). If there’s no winning combination, the Jester sitting by the reels might also throw out some wilds!
- Bear Tightrope – Nothing easier: move along the tightrope with your (immensely talented) unicycling bear, and collect the coins and gems that are literally falling from the sky! Eventually, the rope splits in half, and you take all your winnings with you.
- Strongman – A classic “pick me”-style round. Tell the strongman which heavy balls to pick up, and enjoy the lucrative prizes hidden behind each!
- Multiplier – If you’re a little unlucky, you won’t trigger a proper bonus round; you’ll get a win multiplier of 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x – this is great, but nowhere near the 50-100x you can get with the better rounds!
No matter which of the good bonus rounds you trigger, the rewards are fantastic. We easily cleared 50x with the elephant and jester spins.
Wow, what a game! We tested this one (playing fast!) for over 30 minutes straight, and we must have triggered the bonus round every couple of minutes. The base gameplay is very pleasing (if low-paying) but the overall quality of animation, motion, and the generous payouts is absolutely staggering. A must-play!