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The theme might be fun and even a little quirky, but the graphics are far from fantastic. However, Big Top Tombola does have some big positives worth mentioning. These include some high paying symbols and an impressive wild, which comes in the form of a big top. There is also a nice range of bets available and an autoplay function to make things easier. One of the biggest features here though is the progressive jackpot, which everyone has a chance of winning.
The amount of money you stake will dictate how much of a return you get from the progressive jackpot. Unlike many other progressives, you don’t need to stake a minimum amount in order to qualify, however, you do need to be bet the full amount of $2 per line in order to get all of it. $1 will get you just 50% of the progressive jackpot total, whilst the minimum bet of $0.05 will secure just 2.5%. However, 2.5% of tens of thousands is still a lot of money.
The main bonus round on Big Top Tombola is unlocked via the golden ticket symbol. This is where the tombola aspect comes into play, because when triggered this round shows you a ringmaster and a tombola, with the former spinning the latter. It’s your job to tell him when to stop spinning, at which point you will pull out a raffle ticket, on which you will see your prize. This is a cash amount in the form of a multiplier, and it’s not unusual to secure wins as high as 30x, although the average is closer to half that.
Unfortunately, there are no other bonus rounds on Big Top Tombola, with no free spins or wild features either, which is a letdown to say the least.
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The ringmaster is a welcome sight in Big Top Tombola, because as well as spinning the tombola that grants you a prize in the bonus round, he is also the base game symbol that pays the most. The clown also pays well, and this makes the base game very strong as far as the returns go, although it is a little short on the graphics front. The progressive jackpot also serves to make things more interesting and we like the process behind this, which insures that everyone, regardless of their stake, can win something big. However, with some poor graphics, no random features and no free spins round, Big Top Tombola is ultimately lacking, which is why we can’t give this more than 7 out of 10.