The grid is set within a classic red and white striped big top tent, and as themes go this one is very immersive. There isn’t a card suit in sight, as all the symbols are crafted into the iconic features we associate with circuses the world over. You’ll find lions leaping through fire rings, bears riding bicycles, seals balancing balls, a black top hat with bunny ears, and great big creepy clowns. To me, animal circuses are something best left to the history books, and I feel saddened by people’s continued fascination with bears riding bicycles. But as long as the bears and the lions are digital, it’s safe enough to proceed.
The low-value symbols come in the form of 3 different colored balloons (either single or as a bunch of two or three). The only thing that seemed out of place was the soundtrack, with music that screamed Desperate Housewives rather than circus bonanza. That being said, it wasn’t unpleasant and I allowed it to play on. The graphics are fine, not the most sophisticated but still well crafted. The slot animates fairly often, especially by the clown Wild, which goes out of its way to unsettle the player by frequently walking across the reels — but more on this below.