Cyrus the Virus was released on May 1, 2015. Yggdrasil Gaming, its developer, described it as a playful declaration of war on malicious viruses. Cyrus the Virus is one of the few science-themed slot games in Yggdrasil’s collection, which also lists the January 2017 game called Achymedes. There are hardly any other germs-based online games, so Germinator from Microgaming and Greener Pasteur from 2×2 Gaming might be the only notable competing games.
The earliest mention of “Cyrus the Virus” was in an unrelated but seemingly inspiring 1997 film titled Con Air, whereby notorious prisoners (among them starring actor John Milkovich, acting as Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom) aboard a chartered flight—meant to transfer them to a more secure prison—hijack and reroute it. The Cyrus the Virus players match three, four, or five viruses that are then destroyed by a good sky blue germ that flashes explosively along the pay lines.
Cyrus the Virus Game Characteristics
Cyrus the Virus has a volatility rating of 45, and a 5X3 grid containing 10 pay lines. The following are the eight differently colored and variously shaped viruses in Cyrus the Virus.
The seven ordinary symbols are: a four-eyed dark blue virus with three pointy teeth and tentacles; a two-eyed orange-colored virus with tentacles; a mono-eyed star-shaped yellow virus; a two-eyed diamond-shaped green virus; a mono-eyed triangular-shaped green virus; a two-eyed circular virus; and a stained, bean-shaped and circular cyan-colored virus with two eyes. The special symbol is a two-eyed purple substituting/respin-triggering and expandable “Wild” virus with tentacles.
The loading progress page mentions: expanding Wilds-triggering respins; a chance of winning 20000 coins in a game round; and pay lines that pay from right to left and vice versa, thereby maximizing wins. For instance, the blue virus symbol—it offers X2000 maximum payout based on a one-way line paying from left to right—will offer X4000 maximum, thanks to a two-way pay line.
The Cyrus the Virus coin values are: $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.07, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50, $.70, $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, and $4.00. The cash bets listing: $0.10 (minimum bet), $0.20, $.50, $0.70, $1.00, $2.00, $5.00, $7.00, $10.00, $20.00, $30.00, and $40.00 (maximum bet).
The viruses offer these Cyrus the Virus’ payouts for three, four, and five matching symbols, respectively. The four-eyed blue virus pays X100, X500, and X2000. The two-eyed orange virus pays X40, X100, and X400. The mono-eyed yellow virus offers X30, X80, and X300. The diamond-shaped green virus pays X20, X70, and X200. The mono-eyed triangular Virus offers X15, X60, and X150.
The circular cyan virus offers X12, X50, and X120. The bean-shaped virus has X10, X40, and X100. In light of the two-way pay line as showed in the starting page, these payouts can be doubled to create the big wins. Cyrus the Virus has a non-progressive jackpot of 80,000 coins.
Cyrus the Virus has good software. In particular, the supposed screams of the viruses as they are destroyed by the good germ are funny.The animated HD graphics are cartoonish, especially the personified viruses that gesture warily whenever the virus-destroying germ leers at them.
Luck in Cyrus the Virus
The return to player rate of Cyrus the Virus is 96.3% while the house edge is 3.7%. This is a game of chance.