The Big Top Tombola games begins with a master of ceremonies throwing open the curtains in order to reveal the ‘circus’ behind him. In this instance that circus is a 5-reel slot game filled with colour and vibrancy. Characters such as clowns and elephants appear on discs of their own, with Aces and Kings being shown by letters on a target. Here’s a little look at the things you’ll want to know about the game itself.
Some slots offer heaps of different special features in order to keep you entertained. That’s not quite the case with Big Top Tombola, given that there’s only one main special feature aside from the jackpot, which comes in the form of a Wild that will pay a percentage of the jackpot if it’s hit Here’s what you need to know:
Golden Ticket Bonus Feature
As with Charlie Bucket before you, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for a golden ticket. Unlike Messer Bucket, you don’t want to find yours in the middle of a chocolate bar. Instead you’ll have to see if you get a ticket on the first reel of one of your enabled lines. If that happens then you’re not only in for a treat but also a fair bit of money. That’s because the golden ticket arriving on that first reel means that the Golden Ticket Bonus Round is about to begin.
What happens next is the same sort of thing that occurs in village fairs up and down the country – a tombola is spun. The difference is that that tickets here won’t see you pick up a box of biscuits or a bottle of wine that Phyllis who works in the vets has brought, but instead an amount of money that will depend on how much of a stake you’ve played per line. Once the tombola starts spinning you’ll see a ‘Stop’ button appear, asking you to choose when the ring master ceases the tomblola and reveals your ticket. The ticket will reveal the multiple amount that stake per line of yours will be multiplied by before the winnings are added to your account.
There’s a decent progressive jackpot associated with Big Top Tombola, creeping higher every time it’s not won. You’ll hit the jackpot if you see five Big Top symbols arriving on any line that is active for your play. One thin you’ll need to bear in mind, though, is that you only get a percentage of the jackpot that reflects how big your stake is. That means that you’ll need to be playing the highest amount per spin if you’re also hoping to hit the highest possible payout. You can play for any amount between 1p and £5.
Gameplay & RTP
Big Top Tombola has decided to forgo all of the most recent and exciting looking graphics in favour of a somewhat classical look that fits in with the circus theme. The gameplay isn’t the most thrilling you’ll ever have seen, being honest, but it’s smooth enough and if you like the theme then it’s still worth a look. If we’re totally honest, the majority of slots work in a similar way to each other so finding one that appeals for aesthetic reasons is a good a reason as any to play it fairly regularly.
In terms of the characters you’re going to see, there’s no circus in Great Britain where you’ll find live animals any more. These aren’t live animals, obviously, but if you’re hoping to have a look at elephants and tigers in the same place then this is the best place to head. You’re also likely to encounter strong men, the circus master and, of course, clowns. Thankfully the clowns aren’t as scary as the ones from your nightmares, if for no other reason than the fact that they might have some money attached to them.
One thing we haven’t yet mentioned properly is the RTP. We mentioned at the start that it’s 93% and that is a little on the low side for a game that is remarkably popular. Nevertheless, it’s not so poor as to make the game not worth playing and you’re likely to be able to spend a fair amount of your time using the same stake if it keeps getting paid out on. Don’t expect constant hits, but as long as you’re not too disappointed with that then you’ll be fine.