Cyrus the Virus
This is part 4 of my review of the newest version of the Facebook Mafia Wars game, Cyrus. In this installment, I will go over the different ways that the game can be used to advance your character. I will also go over what are the top strategies for getting money and upgrading the character so you have the best chance at winning.
One of the best ways to advance through the game is to work your way through the ranks of the “Knights” by winning the occasional random reward. There are a couple of different ways you can win these rewards, but either way, the best rewards come from winning a set amount of money in all slots (payouts aren't exact, but you'll get the idea). The downside to these rewards is that you usually have to wait a while between attempts and you lose out on the random reward slots that are given out as a bonus. Yggdrasil Gaming does a good job in visuals and Cyrus the virus keeps those high standards (check out Chibeasties for an example of this). On each winning spin, the graphics reveal the payoff and scream at you as the payoff amounts to cash that you will need for upgrades on your character.
In addition to winning the regular cash prizes, you can also win special prizes from time to time through a variety of methods, such as the “lottery” style of slots, or through randomly generated symbols within the slots themselves. Some of these symbols will give out free upgrades on your character, others will lower your overall points each time you place a certain symbol in certain reels. It's important to note that some of these symbols do not have any effect on the actual game, so try and find your favorites. As you progress through the game, you'll run across a few that are worth a slot or two, but be careful as the game gets more difficult.