Novomatic, despite their popularity in the UK and Europe have faced not a small amount of criticism for the way their games look and in particular sound. Cirque Du Cheval is a fairly recent slot from them that demonstrates the strides they are making in this area. They haven’t gone all out into the 3D slots realm like NetEnt and BetSoft just yet, I get the feeling this latest generation is designed to bridge the gap for committed Novomatic fans rather than a big jump which might well alienate some of the existing players.
So, a game which as you might already have guessed, looks, sounds and lays in a far more entertaining way than many of the existing Novomatic titles. Fortunately, it hasn’t lost any of the simplicity which is a hallmark of this manufacturer but has gained much more in the ease of play realm by virtue of better mobile optimisation. This is very important given Novomatic’s markets have a huge percentage of mobile and tablet based game players.
The game itself isn’t unusual in its structure, it’s a 6x4 reel structure rather than the 5x3 reel grid typically on offer from Novomatic but in the end, still a fairly easy format to follow, this game is all about evolution rather than revolution. There’s a total of 40 pay-lines you can have active so that’s a min buy in of just 0.40 credits to have all lines in play. Maximum bet is going to massively vary from one casino to another, the land based versions will tend to have fairly low caps of around 2-5.00 credits, some online vendors could allow 400.00 or more, which is great news for the high rollers.
How does it play? Well, honestly, like many other Novomatic slots such as Book of Ra and Lord of the Ocean. The base game is decent but not winning any entertainment awards, there is some payout potential there with four and five of a kind symbol combinations and a secondary moving reels feature mechanic but the big draw is still the free spins round. The secondary mechanic which they call a carousel feature occurs when reel 1 contains a stack of 4 matching symbols and a carousel icon appears on reel 2. The reels then shift to the right and this can happen up to 4 times, it’s an interesting variation on the typical reel re-spin feature in many Microgaming slots.
Free spins wise, there are 12,16 or 20 to be had for 3, 4 or 5 scatters. You still get the carousel mechanic but there’s a shocking development to note – no retrigger is possible. We’ve seen IGT do this recently in some of the games they develop in conjunction with High 5 Games and it appears to be catching. This doesn’t limit the potential of the bonus feature in the long haul but it does take out that second chance you get with a re-triggering free spins feature. Overall, it’s better than many in the existing Novomatic catalogue, will draw in newer slots style players and hopefully won’t eliminate existing fans. I’d predict another new generation of slots to follow games like this in the years to come.
Cirque Du Cheval Slot Rating
4.75 / 5
based on 8 player ratings