Cyrus The Virus Slot Review

Admittedly, a slot about microscopic viruses doesn’t sound like it will be altogether the most fun, but you have to hand it to Yggdrasil Games who have come up with an absolute corker of a slot in their new release Cyrus the Virus. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is not a slot about the lead villain in the Con Air movie played by John Malkovich, but instead about a group of seven little coloured viruses whose primary aim is to bring you wealth, rather than bring down your health.

Available to play right now at Bet365 Vegas, Cyrus the Virus sees the usual 5×3 reel set up and a total of 10 paylines in play. However these are split into five paylines which go from left to right as per usual, plus five that go from right to left across the screen. As such, this changes the order of the spins with the centre reel now being the final reel to come to rest on each spin which means that you are invested in each spin right up until that last reel comes to rest. It sounds like a small thing, but it does add a lot of excitement to the slot itself.

Simplicity is the byword for the Cyrus the Virus slot and this is a game that is something of a dichotomy; the gameplay is very simple to follow and very enjoyable, but the game itself is certainly a more higher variance game, where wins are not as frequent as on some other slots, but there is always that chance that a big money win could be available on the next spin. It is that excitement which propels the Cyrus the Virus slot along nicely, along with the outstanding animations and sound.

Cyrus The Virus Slot Key Features

There are a total of seven different viruses on the reels and these range from the lower value light blue virus, up to the highest value dark blue virus which offers payouts of up to 2,000 coins if you can land five across a payline, that is 20 times more than 100 coins you can win for five of the light blue virus. A nice touch is each time a virus creates a winning payline, it will perform a rather enjoyable and amusing animation to celebrate.

The only other feature of the slot, other than winning both ways across the reels, is the Wild symbol which is only available on the middle reel. When landed though, the Wild symbol will expand to cover the entire reel and will automatically trigger a free respin, regardless of whether the original spin won or lost. This respin is of course free of charge to the player and offers you a chance to win again with the Expanded Wild in situ on that key middle reel.

This is a slot that will certainly appeal to you if you enjoyed slots such as NetEnt’s Starburst, with which it shares several similar features. However, don’t be fooled into thinking Cyrus the Virus is a simple and cheap slot to play. It is most definitely a higher variance game that rewards patient and careful play over an expanded period of time.


Editor's Review

If you enjoy slot gaming at its most basic level, but with enough imagination and excitement to keep you playing then Cyrus the Virus is a great slot to play. The way the slot plays reminds me very much of the smash hit Starburst slot, but while this isn’t quite as rewarding or enjoyable, it still offers a fantastic game. There’s no free spins bonus to aim for and all the bigger wins in the slot can be accessed from the base game. The presentation is first rate and the sound effects and animations are excellent. This is a game which goes to show that you don’t need to pack a game with features in order for it to appeal. Design the game well and execute it sharply and you can produce top quality slots like Cyrus the Virus.

Where can I play?Bet365
Number of paylines:10 Paylines
Number of reels:5
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer:Yggdrasil Gaming