The Wombat says: The mystical world of Ancient Egypt has long attracted archaeologists and treasure hunters – and nowadays it’s us slot lovers that have got in on the act!
So, who or what is Cygnus? Well according to Wikipedia, ‘Cygnus is a northern constellation lying on the plane of the Milky Way, deriving its name from the Latinised Greek word for swan.’ Look for the northern cross in the sky and they you have it! The swan, flying down the Milky Way.
I´m more used to seeing the Southern Cross of course.
But what has this got to do with the Egyptians, then? Well, if you look at the pyramids from above (say you were flying over on Qantas), you might notice that the 3 wing stars of the Swan all fall exactly in the center of the three pyramids. Spooky, eh?
Enough of my astro-nerdism! The Cygnus slot is also an ELK Studios’ game which means we can expect some innovative action on the reels and some super-cool bonuses. This is one of those cluster games like the Alchemy Blast slot that seem to be gaining in popularity. It doesn´t look like your standard slot machine.
Let’s check it out.
Look and Feel
As always with games from ELK Studios, this slot is a right old looker. These are the people behind the Crusader slot machine and Wild Toro after all.
The impressive graphics will transport you to the River Nile where the ancient Pyramids and dark desert skies are the backdrop, and your reels are held between two stone pillars (are these Cleopatra’s needles? Maybe!).
You’ll also see the Cygnus constellation lit up in night the sky and palm trees and sphinx statues scattered around the ancient pyramid temple. Let’s not forget the Egyptian music that’s thrown in to add a bit of mystery to your spins, either. It’s hats off to those savvy Swedes again for coming up with a beauty of a slot. These cluster slots are really starting to take off – try the Honey Rush slot if you like this mechanic, that’s another good ‘un.
Cygnus Slot Game Play
The Cygnus slot starts out with 4 rows and 4,096 Ways to Win, but things get crazy as the game continues and the reels expand to a total of 8 reels after 5 consecutive wins. This means the ‘Ways to Win’ skyrocket from 4096 to a mind-blowing 262,144! Which is more than double than the number of pay ways on offer in even the most chunky of Megaways slots.
And, wait for it, the max win in this game is a whopping 5000x your bet. Wowser!
Pays are made in Cygnus slot by creating winning combinations from left to right, and your symbols on the reels include a whole load of colourful gemstones in red blue and green, plus other shekels with birds, camels and cats on them.
There’s also a Lucky 7 chip icon, which is the highest value icon in the game. Land 6x of these in a cluster and you’ll bag a pay out of 30x your bet.
Keep an eye out for the 3x bonus symbols in play, too – the W is the wild symbol and will substitute for all other symbols on the reels except the bonus scatters. Said scatter symbol is the gold and red Cygnus logo, but more that below…
Finally, if you manage to push the ‘X’ icon to the bottom reel will you will set off the the win multiplier which will increase from x2 for 1 ‘X’ icon up to x64 for 6 of them.
That’s right, it’s crazy crazy Wombat Fans! It reminds me of Reactoonz from Play ‘n GO in that respect, although that game is full of goggly eyes.
Just like a lot of new fangled slots nowadays, Cygnus comes with an Avalanche reel feature, akso known as Tumbling Reels. After every winning spin, the symbols that made up the win will explode and disappear from the reels. New symbols will then roll into place to fill the empty spaces, giving you another chance at winning. Kerching!
Plus, as the symbols drop, gravity forces the symbols to slide left and right potentially bringing all of them into play. Sounds complicated, but it’s really not.
Fancy taking hold of the reins when it comes to your wagers? Take a look a this…
ELK Studios have created some special strategies that allow gamblers to choose between 4 different ways to place their bets. So, when different conditions are met – your bet size will change and modify accordingly. Just pick the one you fancy and play:
Jumper: After a win the bet level will increase by x1, up to 4 levels above the original bet (that means x10). After a losing spin the bet level will reset. So, for example if your original bet is €0.15 per spin, in case of 4 consecutive wins the bet will go to €0.30, €0.60, €0.90, up to €1.50
Booster: This is the opposite of Jumper. The bet level will increase by x1 after each loosing spin, up to 4 levels. After a winning spin the bet level will reset.
Leveller: The bet level will increase by x2 after 5 consecutive losing spins. It can happen twice. A winning round will reset to basic level.
Free Spins and Bonuses
The ‘X’ icons can land on the reels at random during your base game play – and will set off the multiplier trail shown on the right side of the reels. For every ‘X’ symbol on the reels, the win multiplier will be increased by x2.
It will start out with a x1 multiplier, increasing to x2 for one ‘X’ symbol and then increasing to x4, x8, x 16, x32 and x64 for the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth one. It will be reset to x1 at the end of a spin if no wins are made.
If you’re lucky enough to trigger off the Multiplier Trail during the free spins round, the multiplier will be kept at the same level.
Free Drops Bonus
See that gold and blue icon on the side the left pillar? Well, if a Bonus Scatter symbol rolls to the left of your reels and touches it, you’ll scoop 7 free drops!
During the round, the reels will expand to all 8 rows and the multiplier meter will become sticky making it much easier to reach those high value multipliers. Which is excellent news!
Cygnus slot is an awesome game – and with its innovative reel mechanics and features it makes a refreshing change from the standard slot fare. As for those first- class graphics? Wowsers is all we can say.
Like a lot of ELK Studios’ releases, this is a high variance game, so you might be hanging around a bit before you hit the wins, but knowing that the maximum pay out is x 5000 your wager, it’s the worth the wait.
Head to Egypt right this second Wombat Fans – this is one slot you don’t want to miss out on.
Wombat score: 5/5
What are Consecutive Avalanche Wins?
Each time you natch up a winning combination, you will see the winning symbols dissolve from the reel-set. Gravity kicks in, and the symbols higher up roll down to their new place of rest. This can form a new win, which is followed by a new cascade, and so on.
Each time this happens, the game increases the rows and Ways to Win as below:
– 4 rows and 4,096 ways to win
– 5 rows and 15,625 ways to win
– 6 rows and 46,656 ways to win
– 7 rows and 117,649 ways to win
– 8 rows and 262,144 ways to win
What does the Multiplier Meter Do?
To the right of the reels you will have a Multiplier Meter. If you can get multiplier X scatter symbols right to the bottom of the reels, you will travel up the Meter. It goes from 2x to 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, and then to a whopping 64x.