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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 10
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 10
5. Jackpot 6250
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 2500
7. Multiplier Yes
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.2 up to $25
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.02 up to $2.5
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game No
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 96.01

It's very interesting how different online casino software developers can start off with similar themes and end up with completely different games. This is the case with Cirtakus, a circus-based slot, because it's really nothing like any other slot with a similar theme that we can remember having ever seen. It has a visual style based on what looks like hand-drawn animation, and it has a cast of animals who have taken over the circus itself. This gives it a fun overall vibe, but there are plenty of different ways you can end up with sizable payouts in this slot.

Game Layout

To start off, this is a five-reel video slot that uses three rows of symbols. It also has a total of 10 paylines, which might not seem like much, but it's a blessing in disguise thanks to the pay table listing. All of the wins in this game are listed based on multiples of your total bet. This means if you want the equivalent line bet win amount, then you only need to multiply by a factor of 10, or just add a zero to the end of the payout amount.

You can actually wager from $0.20 to $25 per turn. While that is definitely a wide enough range for almost all players, very high rollers may prefer titles that have higher maximum wagers per spin. All of GAMING1's titles have similar maximum bet sizes, so it's clear that they aren't focusing that much on that 0.01 percent of players.

Bonus Symbols and Free Spins

The bonus symbol appears on all five reels. Three of a kind earns 10 free spins, and four of them will get you a set of 15 free spins. The maximum of 20 free spins is earned by getting five of the bonus symbols on the reels at the same time.

During those spins, you can see stars on some of the circus symbols. If you get one, then you will be able to trigger that symbol's special features for the bonus round. You can get frozen wilds, extra free spins, multipliers or instant wins from these extras, and that's a really cool way to spice up the bonus feature as a whole. This is the type of thing we like to see when it comes to mixing it up with features, and that's exactly what GAMING1 has delivered here.

Important Payouts

The first thing that's critical to know about the payouts is that the bonus symbol doubles as the wild symbol in this game. This means that it substitutes for everything in the game, and that also means that it's the most important symbol by far. Five of this bonus symbol gets a win worth 100 times your total win, which is like a 1,000x line bet payout.

However, the largest regular win is actually for five of the lion symbol. You can get 250x for five of him on an activated payline. A payout worth 40x is yours for five of the juggling rat, and five of the elephant in the cannon pays 100x as well. You can score a solid 60x win for five of the tiger holding the hoop that's on fire. All four of these circus symbols pay for just two of a kind or more, but oddly enough, you'll need at least three of a kind in the wilds for a win.

On the bottom end, you can pick up a payout of 20x for five of the A or K symbols. Remember that the line bet equivalent payout would be 200x, so it's a pretty reasonably sized win considering that they're low-tier symbols. The lowest pays are 8x for five of the Q, J or 10 symbols. All of the card rank symbols are stylized a bit to fit in with the theme, and it's good to see that GAMING1 didn't just slap together some generic graphics for them.

Our Thoughts

We tend to like atypical spins on common themes, and that's the case with the Cirtakus slot by GAMING1. They used a different animated style than what we normally see in slots in general, and when this is combined with the animal-based theme for the circus, it makes it really stand out. This is especially because it looks like the animals have taken over and might be behaving badly, which makes it even more funny.

It's our opinion that a lot of players will enjoy the gameplay of this title as well. The free spins bonus round is completely packed with value thanks to having a number of different ways to get extras added on. On top of that, the regular pay table is balanced and designed to give players a reasonable volatility with an above-average hit-rate. This means the swings will be low as well. Overall, this is definitely a game that we can get behind.



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