What’s the Chinese for ‘roll up, roll up’? Join the smiling ringmaster in Choi’s Travelling Show, a circus-themed video slot from Playtech. Top of the bill in this 5 reel, 243 ways to win game is the bonus feature that awards between 3 and 11 free spins complete with stacked symbols. Get a ticket from 60p per spin.

The inside of a big top, complete with floating, animal-style lanterns, forms the backdrop to the reels in Choi’s Travelling Show – complementing the lower value A to 10 playing cards are a quartet of strange, animal-like creatures. There’s a tortoise, a bearded dragon, a phoenix-like bird and a strange tiger-fish hybrid.

The latter of these is the most rewarding standard symbol – 5 in combination award 50 coins. Winners are created by landing the same symbol on adjacent reels rather than traditional paylines. Symbols can land in both symbol and stacked formation and create winning clusters to match.

Circus ringmaster Mr Choi is the game’s wild – he substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatter and awards payouts of 10, 25, 50 or 100 coins.

The principal attraction is the Choi’s Travelling Show feature – to trigger it, you need to land 6 or more of the target scatter anywhere on the reels on the same spin. You’ll then be offered a selection of free spin and stacked symbol combinations:

  • 5 free games with the tiger fish stacked
  • 6 free games with the bird stacked
  • 9 free games with the dragon stacked
  • 11 free games with the tortoise stacked

Pick Choi’s Random Choice and you’ll receive just 3 free spins – those free spins will benefit from stacked wilds though. You can also retrigger the feature which will give you, for example, 6 free spins with stacked wilds.

The base game action in Choi’s Travelling Show is solid enough but the game really sparkles in the free spins round courtesy of the stacked symbols – land full stacks on multiple reels on the same spin and some show-stopping rewards are certainly possible. I would opt for stacked wilds personally due to the potential of a few free spins payout dividends with the high value wild.

The design in this circus-themed game is very impressively done – the glossy visuals have a luxuriant feel and work well together, especially the stacked symbols. Combine the high-end looks with the quality feature round and Choi’s Travelling Show proves to be a real all-round entertainer. If you like the circus, Play ‘N Go’s Golden Ticket or NetEnt’s Theme Park: Tickets of Fortune will do the trick.