There is a lot to like about this dark and somewhat twisted circus slot game from 888. You’ll be ‘hosted’ by a circus ringmaster who does not look too pleased when you win! You’ll also be entertained by a monkey in a red outfit, that lives on top of the spin button.
The big prize is a progressive jackpot – which is regularly in the 6-figures range – and can drop at random even when you are playing the smallest spin amount. There is a picks bonus which has 5 unique (and entertaining) variations. Topping it all off are the occasional exploding wild symbols.
You’ll play inside of an old-style coach, with a Ferris wheel in the far distance. There are 25 win lines, and you can’t adjust that number. You can spin from 1c per line and up from there. Auto play is offered (check between the wheels of the coach for the options).
Characters from the circus are the higher paying symbols. These are topped by a lady surrounded by flames. You’ll get 1500 coins for 5 of these on a win-line, with 300 for 4, 50 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2. A clown is next at 750 coins for 5. When you win with the clown, he leers out of the reels and honks his nose. This sounds daft, though is a done in a dark and almost sinister way! A gypsy with crystal ball (500), strong man (300) and flea-circus guy (100) complete the higher paying symbols.
Playing card symbols, which are made to look like a sign covered in lights, make up the smaller and more regular wins.
Regular wilds (they say ‘Wild’) are in play, and simply substitute for the other regular symbols to create extra wins. There is a special wild, which will sometimes land on reel 3. This has a picture of a bomb (and old school round one). When this lands, the monkey runs over the reels and sits on the shoulder of the ring-master. The wild then explodes, adding 3 or 4 extra wilds randomly to the reels. The reels then respin, and you can end up with several winning combinations.
The bonus symbol looks like a mini wheel of fortune in muted colors. This appears on the middle 3 reels only. If you get all 3, you start a picks game. A wooden shutter closes over the reels, and a big wheel appears. You click the middle, and it will stop showing a multiplier of between 2x and 10x – and a sign showing one of the characters.
Next the shutters open, and you see one of 5 unique games. Examples include a flea circus. Here you pick a flea, which then jumps, revealing a multiplier. Another variation is the strong man. You pick an object for him to lift, see an animation, then get your multiplier. This multiplier and the one from the wheel work together to determine your prize.
There is a ‘double up’ option for every win. This is worth checking out simply for the animation. You see a coin, and pick heads or tails to double (or lose) your win. The monkey jumps off from the spin button, and flips a coin high into the air. He will show you where it lands, and react to whether you won or lost.
The progressive jackpot is not tied to the main game or symbols. Instead this drops at random. It can be won at any stake level.
Everything about the design comes together nicely for Treasure Fair. I love the grumpy ring-master, who will stare at you or the reels from the left-hand side. The cheeky and energetic monkey adds some contrast as well as noises.
Animations include the higher paying symbols coming to life. The sinister clown and gypsy are the best of them – though all have an animation. Things get more dramatic for the exploding wild and the different variations of the picks game. The jumping fleas are worth seeing for an entertaining mini-bonus.
There are plenty of sound effects. Clanks, whirrs and the occasional scream from the monkey – as well as individual sounds from the winning symbols / characters.
I was impressed by this slot from 888 Games, and will certainly be back to play it again. It has a lot going for it, and the quality of the overall production is high. There is no free spins round for this game, though the 5 variations of the picks round should keep you entertained. Add to this those exploding wilds, and the chance of a huge progressive jackpot win, and you have a slot which is worth checking out!