The world of online slots can sometimes seem like a real circus, though not one that could make you feel as uneasy as halls of mirrors and clowns leering at you past huge red noses.

However, I’ve never felt as uneasy as I have when spinning the five reels of Microgaming’s Twisted Circus, even with the winning potential of Microgaming’s 243 Ways. Needless to say that I have never won anything at a real circus, other than the unwanted attention of the bearded lady. But this uneasiness owes to Microgaming’s first class game design.

The Isle of Man developing outfit is known for its fine attention to detail so the off-key twinkling organ music soundtrack fits perfectly, while the dark crimson hue makes you want to turn the lights on.

I liken it to watching a horror movie – you don’t really want to watch it, but at the same time you really do. This slot strikes all kinds of discordant notes, from the base-game and bonus-game visuals down to the lowest paying symbol – the accordion-playing monkey with the razor sharp teeth, fixed in a permanent grin.

So step right up and get your Scatter Tickets for the bonus game – 12 free spins with a 3x multiplier – and lay testament to a match of any three symbols in the Ringmaster’s Bonus Game to win Wild prizes.

This is a circus game that will have you hiding behind your eyes and begging for more, and you don’t even have to tattoo your face or swallow a sword to get involved.

 Now that’s the real bonus.