Big Top

Big Top by Microgaming is a 5 reel and 9 payline slot with a circus theme. It’s a non-progressive online casino slot which offers players a chance to form winning combinations using a wild symbol. There aren’t many bonus features here though so if special bonuses are your thing, you won’t find them here. Players can bet a maximum of 5 credits for all 9 paylines making it a total of bet-per-spin of 45. You can also bet as little as 0.25 for 9 lines or just activate a single payline.

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About the Developer

Microgaming was formed in 1994 making it one of the oldest online casino games suppliers. They’re also well-respected din the industry thanks to their ability to provide excellent gaming solutions. Their first online casino, the Gaming Club, still uses Microgaming software more than 20 years later.

About the Game

The paytable has all sorts of colours with each symbol and letter having a different one. This makes it easier to distinguish each of the icons. It also has a circus theme with some performing animals acting as symbols. The bright and welcoming graphics and illustrations are kind of what you’d see in a children’s pop-up book. The slot features the usual casino sound effects with the reels falling into place one at a time. Big Top symbols include performing seals, monkeys, elephants riding bikes, a lion ringmaster and slapstick clowns. The slot also features playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A.

The game’s logo pays the highest value of 20 when you land 2, 200 for 3, 800 for 4 or up to 5,000 for 5. The lion ringmaster pays 600 for 5, 250 for 4, 80 for 3 or just 5 for 2. The clowns pay 500 when you land 5 symbols, 150 for 4 of them, 25 for 3 and 5 for 2. The elephant will pay up to 300 for 5 symbols, 80 for 4, 25 for 3 or 5 for 2 symbols. You can win a payout when you form a win with two matching symbols.

The playing cards pay the lowest value. We mentioned earlier that different symbols have different colours. For example, the playing cards all have different colours. The A is red, the K is green, Q is pink, J is blue and the 10 is yellow.

The 10 card symbol pays 10 coins when you land 3, 25 coins when you land 4 or up to 100 coins when you land 5. The A card symbol pays the highest values of 25, 50 and 150. The playing cards won’t give you a payout when you match two icons unlike how it is with the main symbols.

  • Wild symbol

There’s a special clown aside from the game’s regular clown. He’s the game’s wild clown that can substitute other symbols on the reels to help players form wins. You won’t see it replacing the monkey symbol though. The wild will only appear on the 3 reels at the middle and will not create any winning combinations. Just one winning combo can be paid out per line.

  • Scatter symbol

The monkey symbol acts as the game’s scatter. It pays out 2 coins for 3 symbols, 10 for 4 and 50 coins if you manage to land 5 monkeys consecutively. Each win formed with a scatter symbol is added to payline wins and then multiplied by your total credits bet. In most slots, the scatter is known for awarding free spins and activating bonus rounds, but that doesn’t occur here. The scatter symbols also don’t need to show up on consecutive reels for you to activate a win.

The Verdict

Big Top doesn’t have that progressive jackpot, free spins bonus or any other special bonuses. It’s just a simple, fun video slot with a circus theme. The circus is loud and colourful- something Microgaming have executed well in the slot.

Game rules can be found within game.

RTP: 96.94

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