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Top Slot Reviews #7

12 March 2003

This article completes the series of slot reviews for the Top 200 Slots listing.

Of course, we will continue to bring you the latest bonus slot reviews in future articles, but for now, let's visit The Big Top. 


1) Big Top Circus. Sigma: The wagering setup in the primary game is unique, in that the player bets on individual winning symbols rather than on paylines. A player can bet up to five coins on any of the nine winning symbols whenever they are adjacent to each other regardless of reel configurations. Circus symbols such as elephants, lions and a strong man are your main screen icons with a balloon symbol on the third reel rewarding you with a first screen bonus. 'Max the Monkey' moves your balloons across the reels to assist in enhancing the jackpot.


Three 'Big Top Tickets' triggers the 'Trapeze Bonus' where Max jumps from one peg to another as selected, revealing a bonus amount. Each bonus accumulates until Max misses a jump and falls into a safety net. Secondly, the 'Cannon Bonus' shoots in when two cannons appear anywhere on the reels. Max is fired from one of the cannons and lands on a pile of bananas revealing a reward of from 3 to 25 times the bet. This new wagering setup produces a game that is worth the 'monkeying around.'


2) Golden Pyramid. Aristocrat: Symbols from ancient Egyptian pyramids are the theme at this slot stop. When 3, 4 or 5 scattered 'Pyramids' occur, 15 free games are won. All wins during these free games are tripled plus more free games are up for grabs.
The top jackpot of 150,000 coins for 20 lines is definitely 'Golden'.


3) Diamond Destiny. Aristocrat: Diamonds are always a big player attraction and this one promises to 'dazzle' with a bonus screen that represents a multiple-choice grid of diamonds. Touch a gem to discover the hidden amount. Get the same amount twice and that's a win. This game also features the 'Win X 2' and 'Win X 3' symbols where your next touch is multiplied by 2 or 3. If both Win symbols are revealed, your multiplier is upped to 6.
In other action, the diamond subs for all symbols on reels 2,3 or 4. Take note of the top jackpot of 250,000 coins as it indeed sparkles.


4) Beyond The Reef. Aristocrat: Vividly colored fish, enchanted seahorses, captivating starfish and winsome dolphins inhabit this underground tropical universe. Have I inserted enough 'seaworthy' adjectives? Players uncover buried treasures by winning one of several bonus features. The 'Dolphin Sunset' acts as a wild symbol and 'Treasure Chest' symbols are special scatter pays. For added fun, both symbols animate when in a winning combination. Be sure to listen for the bell announcing that 3, 4 or 5 scattered 'Treasure Chest' symbols have occurred for 15 free games.
At that time, all prizes are tripled and more free games can be added to your deep sea adventure.


Now, it's time to swim away, but we will meet again with more slot reviews on dry land very soon.

Gayle Mitchell

Gayle Mitchell, one of the first women to break through the “felt ceiling” of the previously male-dominated world of casino gambling gurus, is now regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling.

Gayle’s commitment to educating the gambling public began almost 20 years ago, when she walked into a Las Vegas casino and experienced for the first time the thrill that comes with winning even a small bet. She made up her mind then and there to learn every game in the casino, and a short time later resolved to make a career out of sharing her insights with other gamblers. She had always considered herself to be a good teacher – she believes in keeping things simple – and decided that she would commit herself to showing newbies how to become knowledgeable, intelligent gamblers.

Gayle started her own publishing company, and her first book came out in 1997. Today she is the author of seven books, seven EBooks, and a set of five Tips booklets, and has presented many seminars on casino gambling. Currently she teaches Learn to Win Programs with other leading experts at GamblingTeachers.com. The site is a player-friendly Free Gambling Learning Center offering 300+ online lessons for popular casino games plus Gambling Teachers Blog. Gayle also operates www.gamerisms.com, which is a games glossary site for sport, casino, skill and video game players.

“It’s a fact that less than 2 percent of casino players know the profitable, correct strategies and/or rules for most casino games,” Gayle says. “Our group of career teachers and writers are working to improve that statistic.”

Gayle Mitchell Websites:

www.gamblingteachers.com
www.gamerisms.com
Gayle Mitchell
Gayle Mitchell, one of the first women to break through the “felt ceiling” of the previously male-dominated world of casino gambling gurus, is now regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling.

Gayle’s commitment to educating the gambling public began almost 20 years ago, when she walked into a Las Vegas casino and experienced for the first time the thrill that comes with winning even a small bet. She made up her mind then and there to learn every game in the casino, and a short time later resolved to make a career out of sharing her insights with other gamblers. She had always considered herself to be a good teacher – she believes in keeping things simple – and decided that she would commit herself to showing newbies how to become knowledgeable, intelligent gamblers.

Gayle started her own publishing company, and her first book came out in 1997. Today she is the author of seven books, seven EBooks, and a set of five Tips booklets, and has presented many seminars on casino gambling. Currently she teaches Learn to Win Programs with other leading experts at GamblingTeachers.com. The site is a player-friendly Free Gambling Learning Center offering 300+ online lessons for popular casino games plus Gambling Teachers Blog. Gayle also operates www.gamerisms.com, which is a games glossary site for sport, casino, skill and video game players.

“It’s a fact that less than 2 percent of casino players know the profitable, correct strategies and/or rules for most casino games,” Gayle says. “Our group of career teachers and writers are working to improve that statistic.”

Gayle Mitchell Websites:

www.gamblingteachers.com
www.gamerisms.com