Respin Circus takes us… well, to the circus. It’s not the first or only slot with this theme, but it’s a rare thing and even rarer still to have animals as all the main acts. The MC is a hare. With a tiny moustache. The strong man is actually a strong mouse in this game. The clown is a monkey. And the acrobat appears to be a cat.
The background music is light and very circus-like. It’s fun, though it might get on your nerves after a while. It’s okay if you tune it down a little, though.
We also get maracas on the reels, a canon and bicycle. The card symbols look like balloon animals (well, you know, they’re shaped out of balloons).
Whilst Respin Circus is not ELK Studios most inspired or most sophisticated slot, it’s fun and well made.
The cat acrobat is the highest value symbol, paying 10x our stake for 6 of a kind. The monkey clown pays out 5x our stake for such a win and the strong mouse still pays out 2.5x our stake for 5 of a kind.
You can play this game from as little as 0.20 per spin and as much as 100.00 per spin.
The mechanics of this slot, at least in the base game, are also nothing we’ve not seen before. The main feature are the sticky symbol respins. Whenever a winning combination lands on the reels, the symbols are held in place and the remaining reel symbols spin again for free. The aim is to keep adding to the existing winning combination and expanding it. Only matching symbols that do that as well as wilds will be held on the reels. You keep getting respins as long as that happens.
Should another winning combination appear on the reels, the win would be paid out for that win only but then the reels will keep spinning on again.
Also, somewhat randomly, symbol upgrades are granted. You could get an upgrade from Q to K or you could get an upgrade from J to cannons. You can even get several upgrades in a row.
On average, respins are triggered so often that 100 spins will feel more like 300 spins played.
Also, the hare, who is the wild in this game, will randomly expand to cover the whole reel. And he can randomly give us multipliers from 2x to 4x, even several at once.
Free spins are a bit difficult to come by. Since playing 100 spins will actually play out twice or three times that number in spins, it will feel like forever before you get at least three free spins scatters on the reels and activate those free spins.
When you do manage to trigger the free spins, a rain of golden tickets will shower the reels and determine how many free spins you will get. Usually, somewhere between 3 and 24.
We had to wait nearly 500 spins before we finally got the free spins. And then we started off with only 3 of them. Each additional scatter will add another free spin to the counter, and we ended up playing 6 free spins.
But they were worth the wait. With those sticky symbol respins and an unexpected symbol upgrade to the highest-value symbol, we managed to win 227x our stake in the free spins, which was awesome.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Respin Circus is 96.3%. That’s definitely good value and in our experience, you’ll feel like a winner more often than not. Most of the time the slot feels well balanced. Once the respins get going, you can land some good wins, though rare big ones. But it’s possible to get a dozen or more symbols along those 64 paylines, which meant for us that we didn’t need to watch our budget too closely.
Seriously, having played 400 regular spins, our budget was €6 below our starting budget and we wagered €1 per spin the whole time. And soon enough we were up again anyway.
We rarely lost much more than we won and had good enough wins often enough to recoup our losses. Whilst the free spins seem difficult to trigger, the respins keep you going for a long time and if the theme doesn’t bother you, you’ll be able to have fun with Respin Circus and even come out a winner. We definitely recommend you try this game and stop when you managed to get a decent win during the free spins.
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