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Elk Studios
RTP 96.1%
Play Elk Studios Slots
Reels 6
Paylines 0
Min bet size 0.20
Max bet size 100
RTP 96.5
Wild symbols Yes
Free spins Yes
Bonus No
Jackpot No

Cygnus Slot Review

Released December 2019

The Cygnus slot game can be found at casinos offering Elk Studios software. Elk Studios are a small but quickly growing casino software developer primarily focusing on the mobile market. At the present time they only offer slots games. Players should be aware that this software provider includes ‘betting strategies’ as an automated feature. These should be avoided. They offer no mathematical gain to the player and increase the risk of large losses in comparison to your bankroll. As a standard Elk Studios do publish the RTP/House Edge information for their slots games within their game paytable. As such we can say that the House Edge of Cygnus is 3.9%.

Cygnus is a 6-reel slot that is 4 symbols high. You form wins by landing 3 or more matching symbols across adjacent reels, starting from the left-most reel. Each time you form a win the symbols involved will disappear and the remaining symbols will drop down into the spaces left behind, giving you another chance to win. The process will continue until you fail to land a win, at which point new symbols will be added above the remaining ones and the reels will become 1 row higher. This will give you another chance to win, but avalanche process will begin again, as will the previously explained sequence, up to a maximum of 8 rows in total.


The theme of Cygnus is Ancient Egypt. Pyramids, palm trees and the River Nile all nestle in the background helping to create a slot that is in keeping with recent Elk offerings. Cygnus itself is a constellation of stars, with the name derived from ancient Greek. The constellation is best known for the Deneb Star, which is considered to be one of the brightest in the might sky.

Special Symbols

Wild – The Wild symbol is the “W” and will substitute for all symbols other than Bonus and Multipliers.

Bonus – The Bonus symbol is the “Gold Wings”. When it appears you need to have it land on the left- hand-side of the reels, at which point it will trigger the Free Drops feature. If it lands to the right it can tumble to the left after a series of avalanches.

Multipliers – The Multiplier symbol is an “X”. If you can get one to the bottom the of the reels then you will trigger the x2 multiplier. Subsequent multiplier symbols reaching the bottom of the reels will increase the multiplier as follows: x4, x8, x16, x32, up to a maximum of x64 the bet.

Bonus Features

Free Drops – If you can trigger the Free Drops feature then you will be granted 7 Free Drops played over reels that will remain 8 symbols high throughout. You can also re-trigger the feature.


The Cygnus is another tumble/avalanche based slot where Elk place a pyramid of sorts at the very centre of the action. This slot is all about accumulated wins, which can award you very well if you can hot lots of them in a row. You get Free Spins and Wilds. The Free Spins can be re-triggered and you get a multiplier. I like the way that the avalanche feature is used in just about every element of this slot and I also like the way that reels can expand. The house edge is pretty average, so should bring anything to your decision to play the slot. However, something that are the betting strategies that Elk continue to insist on including in their slots. They offer no advantage and could in fact be considered a dangerous inclusion in a game that is based entirely on random chance. For this reason we cannot give Cygnus a positive review.

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