Wicked Circus, launched on October 5, 2016, is a casino game from Yggdrasil Gaming. Wicked Circus is the third game in the Jokenizer slot game series, which consists of three games in total. The first game in the serialized Jokenizer is Jokerizer itself (March 2016), while the second game is called The Dark Joker Rizes (January 2015).
Yggdrasil has since developed yet another circus-themed slot named Nitro Circus (November 2018). Circus is a popular theme among game developers, and Wicked Circus’ numerous rival games include Twisted Circus from Microgaming and Fabulous Circus from Portomaso Gaming.
A circus with a comical clown is the inspiration behind Wicked Circus, whose players match two, three, four, or five win symbols.
Wicked Circus Game Characteristics
Wicked Circus comes with ten fixed pay lines only, which is a tiny fraction compared to other Yggdrasil’s slots like Gem Rocks that has 4096 lines. Distinctively shaped, pay lines 1, 2, and 3 appear horizontally at the top, middle, and bottom of the grid, respectively; lines 4 and 5 are V-shaped and an inverted V-shaped. Out of its 10 lines, five of them pay from left to right, while the other five lines from right to left.
Similar to Jokenizer slot, the Wicked Circus symbols are: a joker symbol (this brand logo features a clown wearing a triple-pointed golden fool’s cap that has three jingle bells), colorful star, dotted “7”, golden bell, bunch of purple grapes, lemon, and a bunch of three ripe cherries. Wicked Circus’ major features—namely the winning chances-boosting “Jokerizer” mode and gathering several mystery win-related jokers—are mentioned on its starting page. The gameplay starts after any place on the said page is pressed, thereby leading to the interface for the coin value setting—there is also an autoplay option for 10 to 1000 automated rounds.
The Wicked Circus’ coin values are: $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.05, $0.07, $0.10, $0.20, $0.30, $0.50, $0.70, $1.00, and $2.00. Any Yggdrasil game with an extremely high number of pay lines are substituted with a standardized number of coins—such as Gem Rocks’ 4096 lines that uses 50 coins instead—to get the total bets, but Wicked Circus’ 10 pay lines are not affected. As such, the Wicked Circus cash bets are: $0.10 (the minimum total bet), $0.20, $0.30, $0.50, $.70, $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $5.00, $7.00, $10.00, and $20.00 (the maximum total bet).
The Wicked Circus payouts for three, four, and five winning combinations, respectively, are: matching stars offer X60, X120, and X300. 7’s pay X40, X100, and X200. The bells give X20, X60, and X100. Grapes offer X20, X60, and X80. Lemons offer X20, X40, and X80. Cherries pay X20, X40, and X60.
More than two jokers (they can also show up in the regular game) during the Jokerizer mode (line winnings activates it, while collecting winnings deactivates any automatically activated Jokerizer mode) offer these payouts. Two jokers pay between 40 and 400 coins; three jokers offer between 500 and 1000 coins; four jokers pay between 800 and 3000 coins; and five jokers give between 2000 and 6000 coins. The non-progressive jackpot is 12000 coins.
The Wicked Circus’ software is good and the sound effects are interesting, especially the circus attendants’ inaudible hum and the clown’s sarcastic laugh. The attractive graphics has an old school feel, particularly the wood finishing and the drawn circus curtains.
Luck in Wicked Circus
A game of chance, Wicked Circus’ RTP rate is 75% during a regular game and 96.5% during the jokerizer mode, so the house edge is 25% and 3.5%, respectively.