Cygnus 2 Slot Review

Expert Rating: 4.6 out of 5
Review by Martin Backhouse
Last update 23rd June 2022
Review by Martin Backhouse
Last update 23rd June 2022

The Cygnus 2 slot is a much anticipated sequel by ELK Studios that is played on 6 reels and up to 262,144 ways to win. With an astrology theme, it comes with Avalanches which adds rows and increase the number of ways to win. With rising multipliers, it’s all about the Free Drops feature. Here, the multiplier is persistent meaning it can only increase. With a 95% RTP rate, it offers 50,000 x bet max wins per spin. Aim for the stars in our Cygnus 2 review.

Cygnus 2 Max Win
50,000 x bet
Provider
ELK Studios
Type of Slot
Video Slot
Theme
Astrology
Reels
6
Paylines
4,096 to 262,144
Stakes Range
20p to £100
Bonus Features
Yes (4)
Free Spins/Multiplier
7-Unlimited/Unlimited
Max Win
50,000 x bet
RTP
95%
Volatility
Very High

Cygnus 2 Slot RTP, Details & Wager Limits

Reels/Paylines: 6 reels + up to 262,144 ways to win

Stakes Range: 20p to £100 per spin

RTP: 95%

Max Win: 50,000 x bet per spin

The Cygnus 2 slot game begins with 6 reels, 4 rows and 4,096 ways to win. Winning combinations occur when 3, 4, 5 or 6 matching symbols appear on consecutive reels, beginning on the leftmost reel and in any position. As you’ll find out a bit further down, you can play with up to 8 reels which will result in up to 262,144 ways to win.

The bet levels range from 20p to £100 per spin. In the bottom left-hand corner, there is a Coins icon. When clicked on, all 12 available stake options. With an Auto Spin option for non UK players, head to the Settings tab to enable Quick Play (again, not available in the UK).

The Cygnus 2 RTP rate is 95%. This the default rate for all ELK Studios slots now but is just below the 96% slots average. The volatility is high and rated as 9/10. In terms of winning combinations, expect a win every 4 spins as the hit frequency rate is 25%.

Now, in terms of payouts, Cygnus 2 offers double the win potential of it’s predecessor. The max win per spin is 50,000 x your total bet.

Theme – aim for the stars

Theme: Astrology

High Value Symbol: Moon

Compatibility: Mobile, Tablet, Desktop

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With an astrology theme, the Cygnus 2 slot is the much-anticipated sequel to Cygnus. The game is based on the Cygnus Northern Constellation which is on the plane of the Milky Way. It gets it’s name from the Latinised Greek word for swan.

The setting is a planetarium with the bird constellation appearing in the sky above the glass roof. The soundtrack is mysterious and has a mystic feel. On the reels you will see blue, green and red gemstones as well as scorpions, rams, lions and moons. The moon is the highest paying symbol with 3, 4, 5 or 6 awarding 5, 10, 15 or 30 x your total bet.

The W is the wild symbol which substitutes for any symbol except the Bonus and Multiplier symbols. All symbols, along with their payouts and functions, appear in the table below:

Cygnus 2 Mobile

ELK Studios is a mobile-first provider. With all their slots created with HTML5 technology, Cygnus 2 is playable on mobile, tablet, PC and laptop devices. Compatible with iOS, Android and/or Windows smartphones, I recommend a desktop device (laptop/PC) for a better visual experience.

Cygnus 2 Bonus Features

The Cygnus 2 slot game benefits 4 bonus features. There are avalanches with extra rows and ways to win as well as a Rising Multiplier. This all culminates in the Free Drops feature where the active multiplier is sticky.

Avalanche feature

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When a winning combination occurs, the Avalanche feature is triggered. All symbols which are part of the win explode. The remaining symbols fall vertically and slide to the left and then right repeatedly until they come to a stop. An additional row is added at the top with new symbols dropping in to fill the empty spaces.

Avalanches continue as long as winning combinations occur. More importantly, each new row increases the number of ways to win. There’s up to 262,144 ways to win with the maximum 8 rows:

Rows Ways to Win Calculation
4 4,096 4x4x4x4x4x4
5 15,625 5x5x5x5x5x5
6 46,656 6x6x6x6x6x6
7 117,659 7x7x7x7x7x7
8 262,144 8x8x8x8x8x8

Rising Multiplier feature

The multiplier symbol comes with a value of 3x, 5x or 10x. When the multiplier symbol reaches the leftmost column, the Rising Multiplier feature comes into play. The current active multiplier increases and then turns into a wild. This all happens prior to the payout occurring.

The current active multiplier applies to all subsequent wins in the ongoing spin. When the multiplier symbol ends up on the bottom row, on reels 2 to 6, it’s removed and drops down again on 1 reel to the left. Only 1 multiplier wild can land per spin/Avalanche cycle.

Free Drops feature

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When the Bonus symbol reaches the leftmost reel, the Free Drops feature is triggered with 7 free spins/drops. The Bonus symbol can appear during the feature. If it reaches reel 1 (the leftmost reel), additional free spins/drops are won, infinitely.

Beginning with 4 rows and 4,096 ways to win, winning combinations will result in more rows and ways to win. Crucially, the active multiplier is persistent throughout the feature. This means it can only increase as the feature progresses. The multiplier is therefore unlimited.

X-iter feature

Lastly, the Cygnus 2 slot comes with an X-iter feature. Not available to UK slot players, you can choose from 5 modes which range from 2 to 500 x your total bet. Here’s what they offer:

Mode Cost Description
Bonus Hunt 2 x bet 1 spin/drop with a double chance of triggering the Free Drops feature
Multiplier 10 x bet 1 spin/drop with a guaranteed activated multiplier symbol
Multiplier Wilds 25 x bet 1 spin/drop where multiplier symbols are also wild
Bonus 100 x bet Guaranteed entry into the Free Drops feature
Super Bonus 500 x bey Entry to Free Drops feature with multiplier symbols being wild

Cygnus 2 Review Summary – 10 x the winning potential of the original slot

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The Cygnus 2 slot pretty much follows the same formula the original Cygnus game. With avalanches, extra rows, ways to win and multipliers, the gameplay is nearly identical.

There are also free spins/drops which is where the bigger wins will come from. With sticky multipliers, the max win is Cygnus 2 is 50,000 x your total bet. The original game offers 5,000 x stake max payouts. With Cygnus being a popular game, ELK Studios have blown the original game out of the water which much higher win potential. To date, it’s the highest paying ELK Studios slot.

The slot developer has stayed true to the roots of the original game whilst upping the max exposure/win. This will surely please slot players. An extra bonus feature or 2 would have been nice though. That said, the multiplier can rise by up to 10x each time meaning bigger wins are much more possible.

In summary, ELK Studios have delivered with Cygnus 2. The game looks superb and the soundtrack is brilliant. Add in the much higher win potential and you have a sequel that makes this a stand-out slot game. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come from the provider in terms of max wins.

Other slots to try include Hacksaw Gaming’s Hand of Anubis slot. This offers another twist on the Egyptian theme and comes with some solid bonus features using the Cluster Pays mechanic. Space Wars 2 Powerpoints from NetEnt is one to play if you’re a fan of the outer space theme.

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