Wicked Circus Pokie Review
You may not be familiar with the word ‘coulrophobia’, but this word has been coined to describe an ‘irrational and abnormal fear of clowns’.
There is pretty creepy looking clowns which makes an appearance in the Wicked Circus pokie from Malta-based Yggdrasil studios, but fear not because this particular joker is always a welcome sight for players.
While this may look like a pretty standard 5 x 3 reel game at first glance, in fact there is quite a lot going on behind the curtains of this curious carnival. Apart from the leering joker character the other symbols are pretty traditional, featuring various fruits and classic symbols like stars, bells and lucky number sevens’.
There are only ten paylines on offer, but minimum bets in the regular game start from a low 10 cents up to a max of ten dollars.
The Jokerizer feature is where things really get interesting – and we’ll get into that below – but first thing to note is that this is a win both ways game which is why the 5 paylines displayed are effectively 10 since you can form winning combinations from either the right or left of the reels.
About The Game
Coins Range:0.01 To 1.00
Fee Spins/Multiplier Better:No/No
Jokerizer Mode: as mentioned above, the Jokerizer mode is where the Mystery Circus game really comes into its own. Every time you hit a winning line, you will have the choice to either collect your winnings or to enter the Jokerizer feature.
Spins will now cost you 20 coins rather than 10 during the regular game, but this is where you can really make the big winnings so it is worth the investment. You can collect your winnings and opt out of the Jokerizer mode any time you wish, and this will happen automatically if you are awarded a Mystery Win of 500 coins or more.
Mystery Wins: these occur when you find 3 or more joker symbols anywhere on the reels during regular spins, or 2 or more during the Jokerizer mode. A pair of jokers in this mode earns you a sum of between 40 and 400 times your bet, and the potential winnings increase as you get more jokers up to a maximum mystery win of between 2,000 and 6,000 times your stake.
Hold Function: when you are in Jokerizer mode and 2 or more joker symbols appear then you have the opportunity to activate the ‘hold’ function to try and find more jokers. This function freezes the reels showing jokers and lets you spin the other reels in the hopes of finding more of the grinning clowns, but it should be noted that this extra spin will cost you 60 coins.
This high variance pokie has plenty of tricks up its sleeve and there is a lot to enjoy, from the sophisticated graphics to the spooky ‘Tim Burton-esque’ soundtrack. Winning combos can be slow to arrive, but the jokerizer rounds make things a lot more interesting when they appear and will reward patient players with some big wins.
The return to player on the Mystery Circus pokie is a very respectable 96.3% meaning that a trip to this spine-chilling circus may prove very rewarding.