Nitro Circus slot review

By Yggdrasil

Nitro Circus Basic info

Game provider Yggdrasil

Release Date 8/2018

RTP 97.00%

Game Technology HTML5

Popularity Medium

Min bet $0.10

Max bet $125

Max Win bet x 500

Gamble Feature RTP, Bonus game or special game, Bonus symbols, Wilds, Freespins

Layout 5x4

Devices Desktop, Mobile

Configurable Winlines No

Volatility Medium

Progressive Jackpot No

Nitro Circus is a game based on the very popular stunt show by the same name, created to wow people as stunt drivers use motorcycles, bicycles and more bizarre vehicles to make crazy jumps!

Created by Yggdrasil and released in 2018, this licensed game attempts to bring the craziness of the Nitro Circus cast to the screen. Players are encouraged to watch these daredevils break records and not too many bones on the 5-reel, 4-row playing field. With a satisfactory 25 paylines, we get to feel the thrill of stunt jumping too.

As always, the game looks great. It uses the faces of several of the big names in Nitro Circus as high-paying symbols while the low-paying symbols are different kinds of helmets. The background shows a crowded stadium and when there’s a win there are flames shooting out and stuntmen making jumps across the screen!

nitro circus win

The bonus game deserves special mention as we watch one of the stuntmen drive across the screen, making big jumps to score different bonuses before finishing with a massive multiplier.

The soundtrack fits the game like a glove with a hard-rocking song playing in the background while we hear all sorts of engines running. Wins play a fitting riff with the audience cheering. Getting into the bonus game brings the energy up to 11 with the song kicking up a notch.


All the symbols in the game are made exclusively for Nitro Circus. The different characters we see are big names in the Nitro Circus family and are animated when part of a win. Meanwhile, the rest of the symbols are filled with the letters NITRO across the 5 reels and a collection of crash helmets.

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • NITRO: Getting the word NITRO across the reels triggers the Nitro Jump Bonus Game.
  • Bomb: Get 3 or more Bombs on the screen to activate the Free Spins mode.
  • Wild: Wilds substitute all regular symbols in the game.
  • Red Character: Max. 500 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Green Character: Max. 140 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Purple Character: Max. 120 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Blue Character: Max. 100 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Red Helmet: Max. 60 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Green Helmet: Max. 50 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Blue Helmet: Max. 40 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

I found the colour palette to be a little bland, causing some of the symbols to blend together a bit too much. Especially the different helmets would be rather difficult to differentiate as the reels spun, which made it trickier to quickly see wins. The game also doesn’t really emphasise wins all that clearly, which didn’t help.


Nitro Circus has quite an arrangement of features I’ll go over next:

  • Wilds: The Wilds in this game substitute all symbols in the game, except the NITRO and Bonus symbols.
  • Free Spins: With 3 or more Bonus Symbols on the screen, free spins mode starts.
  • Bonus Game: With the letters NITRO spelt across the screen, the Nitro Jump bonus game starts.
  • Collectables: During the bonus game and free spins mode it’s possible to collect symbols of 1 of 4 collectable vehicles. Get 5 symbols for a particular vehicle to unlock it!

Let’s go over the most unique features one by one.

With the letters NITRO spelt across all 5 reels, the Nitro Jump bonus game starts. Here, we see a stuntman racing across a ramp collecting different symbols. These symbols can include:

  • Collectable: A collectable symbol for 1 of 4 vehicles.
  • Coin: A random amount of coins.
  • Speed Boost: Increases the chance to get a higher multiplier at the last jump.
  • Multiplier: A multiplier that is applied to the total coins collected regardless of the last jump.

The bonus game is divided into 3 regular jumps and 1 final jump. During the regular jumps, the stuntman can hit 1 or more of the listed bonuses. After those 3 jumps, the final jump involves making speed and attempting to hit the highest multiplier. Depending on the number of speed boosts you collected, this can help in getting a higher multiplier.

nitro circus free spins

There are multiple vehicles you can choose to run this course with. You start with 3 but there are 4 more you can unlock. Each has 3 statistics:

  • Tricks: Chance of higher coin rewards.
  • Boost: A better chance of getting a higher multiplier at the last jump.
  • Size: Higher chance of getting more items.

All of this melds together reasonably well. Even though there are a lot of moving parts that make up this feature, there is little you as a player get to do while it plays. The most important choices you make are picking which vehicle to stunt with and how fast you want to take the final jump: the faster you go, the bigger the chance at a high multiplier. Unfortunately, it’s also more likely you’ll fall and not get any multiplier!

I found the game to communicate the different features well. They are pretty original but the way it works is rather simple and there are frequent information screens that remind you of the different statistics and bonuses. In the end, the game largely plays itself and it’s more a matter of watching the end result.

The Free Spins mode was rarer than the Bonus Game but it also provided some good value. The wins were pretty high in my experience. If you only get a single bomb on the screen, you see 5 random bonuses until there is only 1 left, which is the one you get.


Nitro Circus is an ambitious attempt by Yggdrasil to bring the stunt-crazy people of Nitro Circus to the slot circuit and I think they did a great job. From the opening cinematic with real footage to the animated backgrounds and the crazy bonus game, the entire slot is a celebration of stunts and jumps.

I wasn’t familiar with Nitro Circus before I played this slot but I looked them up afterwards and have enjoyed some of their shows on the internet ever since. The game brings to life the jovial absurdity that the real cast showcases and I appreciate that.

There are a lot of features in this game which is why I wouldn’t recommend this game to people that enjoy the real classic slot experience. Even though it uses a standard playing field with normal paylines, the bonus game does a lot of new things that classic gamers might not enjoy as much.

In contrast, I believe players that enjoy modern and inventive slots will get a big kick out of this game. If you don’t give this slot a try, you’re missing out! You can choose a bet between $0.10 and $125 to cater to your daredevil side. Unfortunately, a Medium Volatility with a max. win of 500x your bet might make it harder to get any big wins.

Leticia Miranda

Leticia Miranda

Slot Games Analyst

Leticia Miranda is a former gambling reporter who knows everything about slot games and is happy to share her knowledge. She has covered a broad swath of topics and trends on gambling and is always full of new ideas and energy. Leticia also has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and is passionate about writing.