Cirque De La Fortune: Overview
’Roll up, roll up, to see the greatest show on earth.' At least, that's how every single circus since the dawn of time has billed themselves to get punters through the gate. Once people have paid to see the spectacle, they are locked in whether it's a good one or not. The formula works well, because even if the show is a dud, the crew can flee town the next day and move on to parting the next curious crowd with their cash.
By using the word 'Cirque' in the title, developer Red Tiger conjures up images of Cirque du Soleil, arguable the paragon of big top entertainment. It's a lofty goal, does Cirque De La Fortune possess the same magic?
At first, the game feels a little confused, as if it's trying to be two things at the same time. Part circus and part carnival thanks to all of the Venetian masks littering the screen. What also greets players is a larger than usual grid made up of 6 reels and 4 rows. Though spoiling the party for some is the limitation of the 30 paylines accompanying the expanded set up. Still, the vibe is a jolly enough one, helped by the light-hearted tunes to go with the action, so let's see how it goes.
Cirque De La Fortune comes with a fair swag of extras, but the basic rules are simple. Players look to land winning combinations of 3 - 6 matching symbols, left to right, from the first reel. The gameplay is bolstered by features which may be fired at random, or triggered by turning up the right symbols. These come via the Win Wheel during both game modes and a Multiplier Wheel only available during free spins.
As to the pay symbols, there are nine in total - 4 low pay card suits (spades, diamonds, hearts, clubs), and 5 highs. The high pays are predominantly characters from the show, such as a juggler, a mime, a clown, a fire-breather, and a Venetian mask. It is possible for symbols to land stacked and fill the grid, so that's something to look forward to.
The most valuable symbol is the mask worth 10 times the stake, while the lowest premium, the juggler, is worth 3x as a comparison. The standard 1x1 wild symbol comes in handy here. It is worth the same as the mask, while also being able to substitute for any other pay symbol to form a combination.
The ticket cost for entering the big top requires setting stakes from 10 p/c to £/€20 per spin. A game of medium to high variance, the Cirque De La Fortune RTP is a little under average at 95.73%, but those who go for what Cirque has to offer will probably be okay with that. However, since Red Tiger offers flexible RTP, this number can be lower, so be sure to check.
Cirque De La Fortune: Features
The Win Wheel is the key here as it unlocks most of the extras with a round of triggered free spins on the side. The Win Wheel can randomly hit on any spin, awarding players one of these modifiers:
- Juggling Wilds – a number of additional wild symbols are added to the reels.
- Wildfire Reels – at least one reel is turned completely wild.
- Magic Expand – a random symbol expands to fill every reel it appears on. Filled reels pay anywhere on the same payline; they do not have to be adjacent, Book of Ra style.
- Disappearing Symbols – removes all low paying symbols from the reels, allowing high paying ones to fall in to take their place.
The most desirable symbol in this circus is the Free Spins symbol. Landing 3 at once awards 10 free spins, with any extra scatters in view worth an additional 5 free spins each. During free spins, a Multiplier Wheel is added to the mix running alongside a Win Multiplier Wheel which can provide random multipliers of up to 10x. It is possible to trigger both wheels on the same spin.
Cirque De La Fortune: Verdict
Like a real-life circus, Cirque De La Fortune has several sideshows to keep people entertained. Whether they succeed in doing so or not depends on what sort of player fires the game up really. Those who go for Red Tiger's style will no doubt appreciate all of the features, which do light up fairly regularly.
Those after something edgier, packing a bit more potential, are unlikely to find satisfaction - that's not really Cirque’s target crowd. For dedicated gamblers, Cirque De La Fortune might feel like one of those small-time circuses trundling from town to town, 'dazzling' the locals with goofball clowns, sad-looking animals, and acts which are more cringy than spectacular.
On the other hand, the game looks alright, plus the soundtrack has a positive bounce to it. Those after a lighter gaming experience might enjoy the atmosphere. Some of the random modifiers are quite fun too. One highlight is landing a full screen of high pays during the Disappearing Symbols feature.
Unfortunately, do so, and the rewards are modest. Manage it with the premium mask symbol, for example, to score a payout of 300x coming your way. Not exactly major, though should you land full grids during free spins when the Multiplier Wheel hits x10 then things look up. However, the overall potential isn't particularly inspiring with wins of 3,471 times the stake technically possible.
In short, some swing for the fences, others are happy to bunt the ball while trotting to first base. That's the impression you get with Cirque De La Fortune. It might have plenty of extras and a relatively interesting circus atmosphere, but it fails to light much of a fire.
Cirque De La Fortune has its moments, and plenty of modifiers, but ends up being more of a slapstick performance than a Cirque du Soleil one.