Respin Circus slot review (Elk Studios)
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Going to the circus was just about the ultimate experience you could have, as a small child
Wild animals, lion tamers, clowns and acrobats in a gigantic tent packed with people. Your eyes filled with wonder, your heart was racing, and if it were up to you, the show would never end.
It wasn’t till you were quite a bit older you started realizing that most circuses stood in a backfield with a stuffy little tent. That the lion had no teeth but arthritis and that the acrobats seemed to excel in not bathing for weeks at a time especially.
But really, none of that matters. Our eyes still get a little sparkle when the circus is back in town.
As far as online slots go, there are plenty of titles that attempt to convey the circus’s magic. Just think of Zombie Circus by Relax Gaming or the classic Golden Ticket by Play‘n Go.
Elk Studios gives it a shot with Respin Circus, a spin-as long-as-you-win video slot: you get free respins as long as new winning combinations are formed.
This popular game mechanism can lead to some very impressive prizes: the maximum payout with Respin Circus is 2,500 x the total bet. There are also symbol upgrades, expanding wilds and wild multipliers on top of that.
Enough reasons for us to go to the circus one more time and relive the magic.
How does Respin Circus work?
Of course, the game is set under the big top of the circus tent, where all manner of circus people pass by clowns, super-strong rats, extremely flexible cat-acrobats and a hare as the ringmaster.
The video slot has 6 reels with 4 rows of symbols and 64 paylines no less.
As with every Elk Studios slot, you put down a minimum of $€ 0.20, which goes up to the maximum allowed in this game, which is $€ 100 per spin.
We estimate the variance to be medium, and the theoretical payout rate is 96.3%. That is an excellent Return To Player, although it isn’t quite high enough to get on our top list of best-paying slots.
The most crucial feature in Respin Circus is, as the name suggests, the respin feature. This means that as long as you can create new winning combinations, you will receive free respins.
The respins stop coming as soon as you cannot make new winning combinations or end up with an entire screen filled with the same symbols.
Symbols and payouts
The hare is the wild symbol and replaces all other game symbols, except for the scatters.
The wilds can expand and. On top of that, they can also contain a multiplier, up to 4 x.
There are three premium symbols in the game: the monkey (clown), the rat (strong man) and the cat (acrobat). These pay out between 2.50 x and 10 x the total bet with a 6-of-a-kind.
The medium value symbols consist of a canon, a bicycle and a pair of maracas. These are worth between 1 x and 2 x the total bet with 6 identical ones.
The low-value symbols only get interesting if you manage to spin a screen full of them in combination with 1 or more wild multipliers.
Spin 6 identical card symbols on an active payline for a prize between 0.4 x and 0.7 x the total bet.
As soon as you are in the respin mode and create a winning combination with a higher value symbol, the Symbol Upgrade is initiated.
All existing winning combinations are upgraded to the higher symbol. With this, you can see the value of your already spun symbols suddenly multiply: nice!
Free spin bonus
With 3 or more scatters, you have earned the free spin bonus. And you also get the respin feature thrown in: as long as you spin new scatters, you get to spin again.
Every scatter is good for one additional free spin. So on a playing field of 6 x 4 symbols, you can earn a maximum of 24 free spins.
During the free spins, every scatter is also worth a +1 free spin.
The wilds are also present during the free spins, and once again, they can expand and contain extra multipliers to boot.
Besides that, there isn’t much exciting about the free spins: no extra-large multipliers, mystery prizes or sticky wilds.
It all feels a bit stingy, especially if you consider that it is not that easy to win the free spin bonus.
Our verdict on the Respin Circus video slot
Respin Circus turned out to be a pretty average video slot and, unfortunately, isn’t among Elk Studios’ best work.
The spin-as-long-as-you win mechanism is a bit tedious, and you also can’t speed up the process.
The free spins bonus feels a bit anti-climactic as well. It is hard to win, and really, it is just more of the same.
3 out of 5 stars.