Big Top slot review (MicroGaming)
If Microgaming aimed to create a video slot that is completely brain dead, then they succeeded very well.
The Big Top video slot may look colourful, but it is a far cry from anything remotely entertaining. This is a game for players who want their slots as plain as possible, without any extras.
The game doesn’t have a single bonus feature that could bag you some serious prizes. Even worse, it does not have any bonus features at all, period.
It takes place in the circus, where you will come across different circus animals such as a tiger, a seal, and an elephant on a bicycle. I don’t think animal activists will be sincerely enthusiastic about this game.
Neither am I, but this has nothing to do with the animals. The lack of creativity and the absence of any chance to collect a large prize bother me.
I decided to dive into the Big Top video slot circus tent anyway to see if I missed something important.
I am taking one for the team, as they say in the United States.
Big Top video slot gameplay and features
The playing field of the Big Top video slot looks like a circus tent. You play the game on the standard 5 reels and 3 rows grid with symbols mainly related to the circus theme. There are only nine variable paylines to create winning combinations.
You can create winning combinations from left to right on the reels. The scatter symbol is the exception to the rule. They can drop anywhere on a reel to award you a prize. You do need at least 2 to 3 of the same symbols on the reels to grab a prize.
You can not set the coin size for the number of paylines you want to play; by default, this is fixed at one coin per spin. With all nine paylines active, the minimum bet will cost you $€ 2.25 per spin. For an entry-level bet, that is expensive. The maximum bet is $€ 45 per spin.
Big Top payout rate and variance
With a theoretical payout rate of 96.49%, the Big Top video slot has a higher RTP than the average online casino game. Well, so we have at least one upside. We estimate the game’s variance to be low.
Symbols and payouts
The Big Top video slot symbols consist of 4 classic card symbols and 6 symbols referring to the circus theme. The by far best-paying symbol in the base game is the symbol with the Big Top text on it. This high-value symbol rewards you 111.11 x your total bet for a 5-of-a-kind.
The circus leader is a tiger. The tiger symbol yields you 13.33 x your total bet for 5 the same. A circus is not complete without a clown, so you will also come across Mr fancy pants among the symbols. 5 clown symbols will make you 11,11 x the total bet.
The cycling elephant will award you a prize of 6,66 x the total bet for 5 identical ones. The seal performing tricks with a ball is good for 5,55 x your total bet for 5 the same.
The low-value symbols consisting of the well-known card symbols A, K, Q, J and 10 are also in play. These low-value symbols will award you 3.33 x your total bet tops for a five-of-a-kind.
You can recognize the Wild symbol by the clown a Wild label underneath. The Wild symbol replaces all other symbols except the scatter symbol.
The Big Top scatter is a missed opportunity for this slot to create a bit of excitement. Spinning at least three scatter symbols does not activate a bonus feature or anything like it. You can only hit a prize up to 50 x the total bet.
Our verdict on the Big Top video slot
My Microgaming video slots experience is they either produce big hits or total flops, with nothing in between. Unfortunately, the Big Top video slot belongs to the latter category, and perhaps it even makes it to the top of the flops.
The game has no bonus features, and the prizes you can win cannot excite me.
There is nothing Big nor Top about this video slot, so what inspired the Microgaming developers to come up with this name is beyond us. Big Top, no; Big Flop, yes!
1 out of 5 stars.
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