Cirque du Soleil: Kooza Slot Review

Cirque-du-Soleil-Kooza logoIf you’ve heard of Cirque du Soleil before, you will know that they are one of the most renowned circuses in the world, having been set up in 1984 by Canadians Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix.

This very talented bunch have toured the globe performing amazing stunts and shows. Now they are back in the online casino world, with the new Cirque du Soleil: Kooza video slot, based on their latest shot of the same name.

This isn’t the first time that Cirque du Soleil have appeared in an online slot, and it probably won’t be the last. However, let’s just see what Scientific Games (Bally Tech) have managed to come up with this time.

Normally, Scientific Games (and their subsidiaries such as Bally Tech) are not particularly known for their flexible wagering ranges and big prizes. This is a tradition that seems to have died out at least in part with the Cirque du Soleil: Kooza slot.

For sure, the wagering range is considerably grander than anything we’ve seen from them in the past, but the jackpot leaves a lot to be desired. Graphically, we love the thematic imagery, but the quality of it could also do with a bit of a touch-up.

How to play it

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza is played over 5 reels and 40 paylines. Players aren’t going to really be able to alter those paylines, but then again they don’t really need to.

Players can quite happily select total stakes which range from $0.20 per spin, up to a maximum of $400 per spin, and that is quite a broad range to have for any slot. You do seem to get a bit of a deal when it comes to paylines, too, only paying for half as many as you have active on the screen.

How much can you win?

That really depends on how lucky you are. There are four progressive jackpot cash prizes to be won in this game, and if you any one of those you are set up rather nicely. However, there is also a top non-progressive cash prize, but that is only worth 10x your total bet.

Yes, it is rather shoddy. However, the Mini, Grand, Colossal, and Trés Magnifique jackpots can see you win anything from a tenner to a hundred, couple of hundred, and several thousand dollars, respectively. The jackpot can only be won by spinning the jackpot wheel in the bonus feature of this slot.

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Special symbols

Wild symbols: Wilds appear as crimson coloured blocks of text, and they can substitute for all other symbols in the slot, barring the two main bonus icons. Wilds do not offer cash prizes on their own accord.

Scatter symbols: The bonus symbols in this slot are the red box and the kite symbols. Landing 3 of the red box symbols on the first, third, and fifth reels will activate a simple click and win bonus round, whilst landing 3 of the bonus kite symbols on the second, third, and fourth reels will trigger one of four proper bonus games.

Pick and win bonus: If you did manage to land 3 of the red box symbols, you will be taken to a pick and win bonus game. In this, you can select one of three boxes to bag an instant cash prize or enter the bonus wheel round.

Bonus wheel bonus: Landing 3 of the kite bonus symbols or landing this feature via the Red Box bonus will take you a big bonus wheel.

A spin on this bonus wheel will either see you win a cash prize, one of two free game features, or the jackpot wheel (where you can win a progressive jackpot). The two free game options involve the Trickster, and Wheel of Death features.

In the Trickster Free Games feature, players can enjoy 10 free spins, whilst a Trickster may upgrade some of the symbols on the reels.

In the Wheel of Death bonus, players will get between 7 and 12 free games, whilst multipliers of 2x and 4x will be added to their winnings. Up to 15 additional free spins can be won with this feature.

Overall experience and final thoughts

Bally Tech and Scientific Games have not gone out of their way to make the Cirque du Soleil: Kooza slot look the part. In fact, one could even argue that the graphics belong in 2012. However, from a gameplay perspective, there’s a lot of admire about this slot.

It has very enjoyable features, and its theme won’t be found anywhere else on the net (save for SG’s other Cirque du Soleil slot).

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