Cygnus 3 Slot Features
Flanked by two ornate pillars, the main playing area forms an initial 6x4 grid which grows by an extra row after every consecutive win within the same sequence, up to 8 total. Expanding the entire view results in 262,144 ways to form a winning combination which requires at least 3 matching symbols situated on adjacent reels, starting from the leftmost one. Additionally, every win disappears, triggering the cascading mechanism and rolling the round icons down the board in a gravity-based motion. Standard payouts award between 0.05 - 0.2 times the bet for combinations comprising low-value gems and between 0.1 - 10 for premium icons represented by an eagle, a horse, a lion, and a golden laurel.
Wilds can drop in a regular form or with an attached multiplier of up to x10. The first time Wild participates in the winning combination, it stops being a Wild and remains as a persistent multiplier until the end of cascading. It can reactivate as Wild once for one more win upon reaching the bottom of the playing area. Several multipliers present simultaneously have their values added before applying to the win.
When the Scatter symbol reaches the pillar on the left and touches it, the feature is triggered. The wheel will spin and deliver one of the following rewards:
- 5 x bet
- 10 x bet
- 15 x bet
- 5 Free Drops
- 7 Free Drops
- 10 Free Drops
- Sky Jackpot (€1,000)
- Star Jackpot (€10,000)
- Cygnus Jackpot (€100,000)
Cygnus 3 Free Drops
Free drops are played in an almost identical way as the base game but with one crucial advantage. Every Multiplier Wild that drops will remain in view for the remainder of the bonus. It will still act as Wild only two times, but the multiplier will be persistent throughout. This creates an amazing opportunity to accumulate several instances over the course of the game and have their values boost every subsequent win.
X-iter Bonus Buy
In Cygnus 3, players can trigger various features and bonuses through the bonus buy menu. The following options are available:
- More than double the chance to trigger the Cygnus Wheel for 2 x bet.
- One drop with a guaranteed Multiplier Wild with a minimum value of x5 for 10 x bet.
- One drop with multiplier values rising after every win for 25 x bet.
- Trigger Cygnus Wheel for 100 x bet.
- Trigger Super Cygnus Wheel, where multipliers increase after every win in free drops, for 500 x bet.
Cygnus 3 proudly carries forward the contemplative, mystical atmosphere of its predecessors, this time transporting players to a place infused with an Ancient Roman vibe. While in the first part, we found ourselves before towering pyramids, and then inside a mysterious observatory in the second, the third installment places us inside what seems like a Colosseum. The flames dance in the lit braziers, gently illuminating the surroundings while the shadow of the mighty wheel turns slowly on the night sky, teasing with its riches. Like in previous parts, the entire setting is perfectly polished, offering mesmerizing graphics on symbols and stunning effects on feature triggers and big wins. It's rarely the case with trilogies, but we genuinely feel like Cygnus 3 delivers the best audiovisual experience by far.
On the technical side of things, the core gameplay is pretty much the same as before, relying on gravity-affected symbols and cascading. However, this time, benefiting from multipliers is detached from the side pillars since they become active instantly after landing. Thanks to that, they feel much more within reach. A massive change compared to the other parts is the Cygnus Wheel, through which all features are awarded, be it Free Drops or one of three jackpots. Naturally, it may also result in a slightly disappointing instant win of up to 15x, but that's the unpredictability of the universe for you. All in all, the game feels like a tight, consistent package filled with fantastic visuals. The only downside compared to Cygnus 2 is the max win which dropped from 50,000x to 10,000x, although it's still an attractive figure considering the industry averages.