Cirque du Slots
Rival Gaming's i-Slots are an important part of the overall online slot industry because they've shown that games with more in-depth story lines and multiple stages of play can be successful. Their Cirque Du Slots game fits into that selection of games perfectly, and they've done a good job of using the circus theme with multiple acts as a more in-depth part of the gameplay instead of just having it be the setting. Overall, you'll need to pay a little bit closer attention in this game than most because there's a lot going on with the different features and stages of the game.
Format and Layout
With five reels, three rows and 25 paylines, this game fits square into the normal set of formats for titles produced by Rival Gaming. What's interesting about this format is that they've chosen to go with something very straight-forward instead of trying to use something atypical that would stand out otherwise. This is probably tied in with the fact that they don't want players to be distracted from how the circus unfolds across multiple acts of play. A number of different bet sizes are also available, in true Rival fashion, so that everyone from penny players to high rollers feel welcome.
Wild Symbols and Features
The green acrobat is probably the most important symbol in this entire game because of how it drives so much of the gameplay. This is essentially an expanding wild symbol, much like what players have probably seen on other games, but it's been taken to another level in a couple of different ways.
First off, normal gameplay has the wild expanding vertically like you would normally expect. However, if you get the free spins feature (see below), then this wild will expand horizontally if you're in the first act, randomly between horizontally and vertically (with a 2x multiplier) in the second act, or both horizontally and vertically at the same time in the third act.
On top of all of this, this wild green acrobat gives you a standard 3x multiplier on all of your wins. That means free spins in the second act have a total multiplier of 6x since your normal 3x multiplier is multiplied yet again by a factor of two. As you can see from how much value this symbol gives, green acrobats are the most important symbol for you to see on the reels.
Advancing the Game
There are two ways to advance this game in typical i-Slot fashion. The first is by way of the unicycle icons. This is the vehicle of choice by a lot of people in the circus, and it'll be your vehicle into the next act of the game because three or more of them will push you along into another act of the circus.
Another way to bring on a change in game mode in Cirque Du Slots is by getting three or more of the clown icon. Clowns are found everywhere in the circus, and you'll see them all the time in this game. Pick up three or more, and you'll be taken to a free spins bonus feature. Note that the type of feature you get depends on which act you're in because it will change how the wild green acrobat behaves.
You'll find tons of circus-themed symbols in this game. The high symbols include the ringmaster's hat, a mask, a clown hat, juggling pins, rings, giant balance balls and more. The low-end symbols are filled by the A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9. This is a rare game where the use of the A-9 symbols makes sense because adding even more circus-themed symbols would have really hurt the clarity that you get in Cirque Du Slots because so much is already going on, and it would be hard to keep up with much more.