The Cygnus slot is powered by the impressive ELK Studios and has 6 reels, 4 rows and 4,096 ways to win. Based on the Northern constellation, it is available to play from 10p to £100 a spin on all devices. It uses an Avalanche feature where continuous wins add rows for up to 262,144 ways to win – there’s also multiplier wilds that can increase up to 64x. This applies in the Free Drops Bonus feature where you can get up to 14 free spins with all the above.
The Cygnus slot is based on a northern constellation which lies on the plane of the Milky Way – the game is set in ancient Egypt as the constellation is visible behind the pyramid. The alignment to the Giza pyramids in Egypt is the setting. With a mesmerising soundtrack, ELK Studios has a mobile first emphasis meaning Cygnus looks particularly good on smartphone devices. There are 2 pillars – 1 either side of the reels.
Symbols are in round marble format and include 3 gemstones, a green pelican, blue camel, red cat and a lucky 7 poker chip. The latter is by far the highest paying symbol with 3, 4, 5 or 6 in combination giving you 5, 10, 15 or 30 times your stake respectively.
There’s also a wild symbol which substitutes for all symbols except the bonus symbol and multiplier scatter symbol. Being a 4,096 ways to win slot game, you need 3 or more of the same symbol across successive reels – beginning from the first reel of course. When you get a win, a brand-new game mechanic is used where symbols use gravity and slide left and right to bring all symbols into play. This allows for more winning combinations and avalanches (more info below).
Like other ELK Studios slots including Tahiti Gold, Cygnus benefits from the Avalanche feature. When you get a winning combination, the responsible symbols explode and disappear – new symbols then fill the empty spaces which gives you another chance to form a win.
The avalanche cycle continues as long as a new winning combination appears. With each avalanche, more rows of symbols appear – with a maximum of 8 rows on offer, you could play with up to 262,144 ways to win. Here’s how many ways to win you can get from the number of rows:
- 4 rows = 4,096 ways to win
- 5 rows = 15,625 ways to win
- 6 rows = 46,656 ways to win
- 7 rows = 117,649 ways to win
- 8 rows = 262,144 ways to win
Look out for multiplier scatter symbols – when these reach the bottom row, the multiplier value increases to 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x and finally 64x!
Free Drops Bonus feature
The Cygnus slot also comes with a Free Drops Bonus feature. Look out for the bonus symbol which can reach the left pillar (by gravitating) to trigger the feature with 7 free spins. Here, you play with 8 rows and the maximum 262,144 ways to win. The good news is that multiplier scatter symbols are sticky meaning multipliers up to 64x are easier to come by. You can also retrigger the feature to give you 14 free spins/drops in total.
Cygnus slot thoughts
I must say the Cygnus game looks fantastic – it does an ancient Egyptian theme but with a twist. With a captivating soundtrack, I like the way the remaining symbols gravitate left after an avalanche. I also like the fact that you can benefit from multipliers up to 64x on each spin or free spin.
With an RTP of 96.1%, the high variance Cygnus slot can reward you with payouts of up to 5,000 x stake on each spin or free spin. It is quite similar to the ‘Gold’ series slots from ELK Studios (Voodoo Gold, Tahiti Gold and Ecuador Gold) but with slighty different features. Overall, another top game from this excellent developer which brings something different to crowded ancient Egyptian slots genre.