Game developers Play ‘n Go have worked their circus theme thoroughly into the Golden Ticket digital slots game, which is available for online and mobile play on both iOS and Android platforms. The music and sound effects are all appropriately circus-based, with the murmur of the crowd a constant presence, and the five reels displaying five lines each are rendered against a Big Top background.
All of the icons, naturally, also reflect the circus theme. The unusual grid of 5X5 allows the game to run win lines both horizontally and vertically, leading to hundreds of winning possibilities. The mobile bet South Africa lines are fixed, but the player is able to adjust the total stake bet per spin, so that Golden Ticket can be played by casual punters and high rollers alike.
Variable Combinations of Circus Icons
All the symbols used in Golden Ticket slots are circus-related; there are two different strongman dumb-bells icons, juggling clubs, the ringmaster’s hat, and the hat with his whip, the clown, the strongman and the ringmaster himself.
An unusual feature of the game is that certain almost-identical symbols (the two different dumb-bell icons, or the two featuring the ringmaster’s hat) can combine to make winning lines, instead of the symbols needing to be absolutely the same, as in most other games. Winning symbols also “cascade” and disappear after each win, allowing more symbols to drop into place and potentially increase the prize on that spin. Each drop also increases the win multiplier, further enhancing the spin’s value. The Wild icon is the Golden Ticket itself, and it substitutes for any other symbol.
Whenever two “almost matching” symbols are matched, one of them is replaced by the Golden Ticket Wild, as the winning icons disappear and new ones drop into place, thus giving the player a greater chance of another winning combination to follow the first one.
From time to time, the word “Bonus” will appear behind a column of icons in Golden Ticket. If that column creates a winning combination, those icons cascade away to reveal the “Bonus”, which triggers a bonus round. This is not a conventional free spins round: instead, the player is presented with an array of old-fashioned shooting gallery icons, which they must try to knock over for cash prizes.
There is also a “Bonus” icon that can appear on the reels; if a player scores five or more of these; additional bonus rounds are awarded, up to a total of 20 bonus rounds. If the player clears the entire grid in a bonus round, they win 1,000X the bet and are treated to a lion-taming animation as the finale. Big wins are possible through the bonus rounds, but players will find that their most consistent and profitable wins come from the multipliers that increase every time winning symbols cascade down and are replaced within a single spin.
Because it is so different to conventional slots games, Golden Ticket can be a little confusing and intimidating at first glance. However, after a few rounds to get the hang of it, most players find the unique game play and the many ways to increase wins very satisfying.