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Cirque du Soleil have reinvented circus shows with spectacular results. They tour the world with unique shows that mix music, acrobatics and dance. Kooza was one of their early successes. It makes for an amazing theme for this Bally pokie.
With colourful characters such as ‘Innocent’ and ‘the Trickster’ on the reels, and bonus games themed around parts of the show, there is a lot to keep you entertained. Add progressive jackpots, free spins and picks bonus features – and you have a pokie worth spinning whether you saw the show or not.
Here are the circus show themed highlights of the Kooza pokies:
Three special symbols showing kites and the word ‘bonus’ appear on the middle reels. You need all 3 to spin the initial bonus wheel. This has a mix of segments showing cash amounts (which are multiplied by your line bet) and bonus features.
If you get the ‘jackpot’ segment, you get to spin a second wheel. This has silhouettes of the performers, with the 4 different jackpot names listed. These are mini, grand, colossal and ‘tres magnifique’. You are guaranteed one of these when you get to spin this second wheel.
There are two distinct free games features. If you get the trickster free spins, that character can randomly increase your wins. You get 10 spins, all at the same bet size as the triggering spin. At random, the Trickster character appears over the reels, turning a symbol at random into one of the higher paying symbols (including wilds).
Wall of Death free spins features lively effects. The number of spins here is random. You will trigger between 7 and 12 spins initially – and can increase this number each time you get 2+ ‘more spins’ symbols during play. Best of all, your wins are given a random multiplier, which can be up to 4x the regular prize.
Two additional minor features also appear on Kooza. At random, characters from the show appear over the reels. You then see up to 3 reels selected, and a higher paying character symbols stacked in them. You won’t always win with this feature, though if the symbols line up right, you have a shot at winning over multiple pay lines.
Boxes appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. If you get all 3 the reels disappear, and you get to choose one of 3 bigger boxes. These pay up to $100.
A 5×4 reel setup is used this time, with 40 win-lines in play. Stakes are in multiples of 40c. The characters from the show are the highest paying symbols. Like with many Bally pokies, individual wins are smaller. Your big pay outs will come those times you hit all 40 lines with the stacked symbols.
Masks from the show make up the mid-tier wins, with playing card fillers providing the smaller prizes.
There is a lot going on visually with these pokies, which are a riot of movement and colour. You’ll see one of the characters, in an amazing orange outfit, to the left of the reels. On the reels the characters appear full-size when you get stacks of them on the reels. They also appear on top of the reels on some spins, bringing you stacked symbols.
The slightly surreal theme is helped by the music. This mixes in all type of instruments, and has an upbeat, lively feel.
When you hit the bonus games and wheels, things get even more entertaining. A kite followed by swirling ribbons flies up the screen. You are left with new designs, colours, characters and music – depending on which bonus game you triggered. This does a great job of mimicking the ever-changing scenes and moods of the live Cirque du Soleil shows.
This pokie is entertaining enough for everyone – whether you have seen the Cirque du Soleil shows or not. In fact, after taking it for a spin, you might want to book a Cirque show! The design is intensive and slightly surreal. It is the game-play which brings this pokie to life. With multiple bonus games, random stacked symbols and progressive jackpots, you’ll find spinning on Kooza an entertaining and engaging experience.