The original Big Top slot on the website incorporated video into the game, however this has been lost in the mobile version, but the net result is rather pleasing in that the game rattles along at a fantastic pace and yet still retains all the key features that made it such an appealing slot in the first place.
It is fair to say that this 5x3 reel, 9 fixed paylines game is 'simplistic'. That is not necessarily a bad thing however as not all slot players nowadays are ready to start spinning the reels for 40 coins a go and are expecting all the latest bangs, whistles and a myriad of complicated features.
Instead, what Big Top does and does very well is provide a bright, simple 5 reel slot that is the ideal bridge between someone who is more used to simple 3-reel, 1-3 payline slots with simple payouts, onto the 5-reel versions which are inherently more complicated.
As you may guess by the name of the slot, the theme is that of a circus and alongside the usual playing card low symbols on the reel are an assortment of cute, cartoon-style circus acts including the lion ringmaster, a cheery elephant, a rather amusing looking clown and a seal balancing a beach ball on its nose.
What is interesting however is that Big Top isn't the cheapest game to play. You have to play all 9 paylines and coins start at 0.25 and go up to 5.00, which means you can spin from as little as 2.25 or as much as 45.00 per spin. This is seemingly at odds with the notion that Big Top is a game for beginners and ideally we'd like to have seen a few smaller coin sizes available to allow novice players to bet smaller amounts on each game.
The slot has some basic features that are now commonplace across many Microgaming mobile slots. The first is the in game Wild symbol, which is the a rather odd looking clown with the word Wild underneath. The wild substitutes for all symbols apart from the scatter to help complete a winning payline, although their is no bonus for completing a payline with a wild.
The in game scatter symbol is the monkey wearing a party hat and you can win by landing two or more scatters across the reels and all scatter wins are multiplied by the number of credits stakes. The more scatters you land on a payline, the more you will stand to win.
The in game jackpot of 5,000 can be won by landing five of the Big Top symbols across any winning payline in the base game.
It's fair to say that Big Top is a mobile slot that doesn't really quite fall into any category easily. It is a very basic slot that would certainly appeal to novices, but the big starting bet would likely put that type of player off, yet it doesn't lack the number of features that would attract more experienced slot players to give it a try.
That's a shame as when you load up Big Top onto your mobile, it looks fantastic, plays slickly and is highly enjoyable. It's well worth a look on your tablet or mobile if you are happy to pay the price of a spin.
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