Golden Ticket 2 is a sequel to the circus-inspired game under the same name by Play’n Go from 2014. The provider boosted the features and visuals doubling the winning potential of the sequel. Read more about the changes made to this exciting game in the following review.
Golden Ticket 2 ensures plenty of fun, excitement and rewarding features. The game is colourful, vivid, atmospheric and filled with bonuses and modifiers. The rounds are spiced with 2 different meters, multiplier wilds and increasing multipliers. There are cascades and free spins.
Golden Ticket 2 has a square grid of 5 reels and 5 rows. The game has high volatility – 5 out of 5 and an RTP of 96.50%. You can play with wagers from 0.20 to €100 using other currencies too. The winning mechanic is of the cascading type with dropping of symbols. There is an active increasing by 1 multiplier, which resets on non-winning spins.
There is a Wild Multiplier feature with 1x, 2x and 3x multipliers respective to the active character. When you clear the BONUS row on the grid, you activate the free spins and can choose from 3 options. These include 5 to 9 free games with a 1x to 3x multiplier wild and varying low to high volatility.
You can activate the Win Spin feature during any free spin by filling the 3 sections of the meter. This adds into play a larger 2×2 multiplier wild similarly to the base game apart from its larger size. Filling the 5-sectioned meter on a Win Spin retriggers the Win Spin feature. It plays with a non-resetting multiplier. You can win 500x stake as a bonus win when clearing the whole grid. The jackpot win per spin in the game is 5,000 times your stake.
The game is set on a picturesque stage of a circus. You see the currently activate character to the right of the 5×5 grid. The reels are semi-transparent and dark. On them can land a hat with a whip in black and red, 3 knives, juggling pins and a unicycle symbols. There is a clown, a knife-thrower and a lady Ringmaster as the main characters of the features. These appear as symbols on the grid as well. All images are colourful, detailed and look splendid.
To the left of the reels at the bottom, you see the Wilds Meter with 3 sections and the display of your wins. On top of them is the value of the active multiplier. While you play you will hear jolly music playing and the occasional applause of the crowd. The characters will change with each filling and activation of the meter. Visually and musically, the game ensures superb immersion in the circus entertainment show.
This circus-themed slot includes 5 low-paying and 4 premium symbols. There is an x1, x2 and x3 multiplier wilds. The lower paying symbols include 5 items related to the circus. The unicycle and the juggling pins pay the same – 0.10, 0.20 and 2 times the stake for 3, 4 and 5 of a kind on consecutive positions. The knife-thrower’s target and the 3 knives have both the same value. You get 0.15, 0.30 and 3 times the stake for 3, 4 and 5 matching of either of these symbols. The Ringmaster’s hat with the whip symbol pays 0.20, 0.40 and 4 times your stake.
The premiums are the clown, Ringmaster and clown. Any combination of these three pays 0.25, 0.50 and 5 times the stake for 3, 4 and 5. Each of these symbols landing 3, 4 and 5 of a kind pays twice as much – 0.50, 1 and 10x stake.
The circus tent is the wild, which is the best paying symbol. Landing 3, 4 or 5 wilds returns 1, 3 or 50x stake. There are 2 multiplier wilds – x2 and x3. All three wilds substitute for the rest of the symbols.
You get wins from 3 or more matching symbols horizontally or vertically next to each other. Winning symbols are removed from the grid creating a cascading reaction. The cascade makes the rest of the symbols drop down. Then, new symbols appear from above and fill the empty spaces. Every winning cascade increases the win multiplier by 1 without limits.
If you succeed to clear the whole grid with symbols, you will win 500 times your bet. When you clear the Bonus row, which is a randomly chosen row, you will trigger the free spins. You will then have a choice of 3 options.
There are several features in Golden Ticket 2. Each of them is entertaining, unique and thrilling. The Multiplier Wilds feature includes one of the 3 circus performers. These are the clown, Ringmaster or knife-thrower. There is a meter with 3 sections to the left of the grid.
Landing 3 to 5 of a kind of the premiums in winning combinations fills the meter partly or completely. This happens as follows:
3 of a kind premiums fill 1 section;
4 of a kind premiums fill 2 sections;
5 of a kind premiums full all 3 sections of the meter;
Filing the meter completely you can achieve with 1, 2 or more consecutive spins. This triggers the x1 wild, x2 or x3 multiplier wild depending on who is the main character on the right of the grid.
The characters are
the clown who activates an x1 multiplier wild;
the knife-thrower who activates an x2 multiplier wild;
the Ringmaster triggers who an x3 multiplier wild;
The multiplier wild is added on the middle position of the winning combination that triggered it. You can activate only one of the characters per game round. Once you fill the respective character’s meter, the character changes to the next one.
Additionally, you win from 1 and more consecutive cascades. They increase the unlimited multiplier by 1. The latter increases on successive wins and resets on non-winning spins in the base game.
Like in the original Golden Ticket game, behind the reels on a random row is displayed the word BONUS. Clearing this row completely reveals the inscription and activates the free games. You have 3 options of free spins to choose from corresponding to each of the circus characters:
5 free spins with an x3 multiplier wild and highly volatility – the Ringmaster character;
7 free spins with an x2 multiplier wild and medium volatility – the knife-thrower character;
9 free spins with an x1 multiplier wild and low volatility – the clown character;
As you have noticed, the fewer free games go with a higher value of the multiplier wild and higher variance. During free spins, you can win from another booster. The Win Spin feature is active and filling the 3 segments of the meter triggers it. You will have a new grid of symbols similar to the Multiplier Wilds feature in the base game. Filling the meter rewards you with a 2×2 multiplier wild that takes 4 positions on a random position. The win multiplier resets between free spins and Win Spins on losing rounds just like in the base game.
If you fill the 5 segments of the expanded meter during a Win Spin, you retrigger another Win Spin. The good thing is that the multiplier does not reset between consecutive Win Spins. In case you succeed to clear the whole 5×5 grid, you win a bonus prize of 500 times your total bet.
The follow up of Golden Ticket is likely to attract its ardent fans and new ones as well. The theme and graphics are kept true to the original. Yet, the volatility and winning potential are significantly boosted. The features in the second slot are much more sophisticated. They can ensure twice as much the top payout per spin of the first game of the series. We highly recommend the game which is worth at least a try.