The modern circus as it is known and enjoyed today, was originally the idea of Philip Astley, an Englishman who lived between the years 1742 and 1814. Astley had been a Sergeant-Major before turning to show business.  Whilst serving in the war, Astley displayed an acumen for horse-breaking and general training.

In 1768, Philip Astley decided to settle down in London, and opened a horse-riding school in Westminster Bridge.  In the mornings he would teach, and in the afternoons he would perform various horse-riding tricks.  The building that he used featured a circular arena that he referred to as the circle, or the circus.  And so the circus that we know and love today, was born.

Big Top is themed around the circus and all the promise of entertainment that it holds. The slot game is played on 5 reels and 9 paylines.  Big Top can be played for fun and free or for real money.  Being the brainchild of Microgaming, it is widely available for play at reputable online casinos.  Pre-player registration and download isn’t required when playing for free.

Slot Symbols

Symbols include a selection of furry circus entertainers – Elephants on bikes, performing seals and monkeys, as well as a couple of clowns and of course, the Ringmaster, represented by none other than the King of the Jungle.

Standard playing cards are also featured, and include the number 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace cards.

The themed symbols represent the higher value paying symbols, and the cards the lower value paying symbols.

The highest value themed symbol is the Big Top Logo symbol, which pays out at anything from 20 credits for 2 in a row, to 5 000 credits for a matching combination of 5 symbols on any one payline.

The Lion is next up and roars in at 600 credits for 5 in a row, followed by the Clown at 500 credits for the same trick, and lastly the Elephant, at up to 300 credits for matching combinations.

Big Top Scatter Symbol

The Big Top scatter symbol is the Monkey.  The scatter symbol constitutes a win, regardless of whether the scatters all appear on one payline, as is the case with standard symbols.  The scatter symbols can appear anywhere on the reels in order to pay out a cash prize and multiplier.

The game does not feature any free spins games or bonus games.

Big Top may not be jam-packed with bonus features, but it’s certainly a very enjoyable slot.  Furthermore, it’s an ideal slot when just getting started playing casino games online.  Its conducive to learning the general rules of online slot games, whilst having a great deal of fun.

Big Top Wild Symbol

The wild symbol is the Clown symbol which has the word WILD written on it.  The wild clown must not be confused with the standard clown symbol at  The wild Clown will replace all standard symbols in order to create winning combinations.  The wild Clown will not substitute for the Big Top scatter symbol.