Another slot release to use the shape shifting MegaWays game engine from Big Time Gaming is Machina MegaWays, a sci-fi-themed game from Relax Gaming and Kalamba Games. The action takes place on a 6 reel set that can offer up to 46,656 different ways to win. There’s also a bonus round that awards free spins - collect wilds for symbol upgrades and extra free spins. Stakes range from between 60p and £600 per spin.
A futuristic cityscape, not a million miles away from the Blade Runner world, is the setting for Machina MegaWays. On the reels you’ll find lower value A to 9 symbols plus a quartet of male and female characters. The best of the standard symbols is the cyborg which pays 3.33 times your total stake if you land 6 on adjoining reels. The computer chip is the wild. This can appear 1, 2, 3 or 4 symbols high. It replaces all other symbols bar the bonus.
The main feature in Machina MegaWays is the Hyper Bonus feature - it’s triggered by landing 3, 4, 5 or 6 of the bonus symbol on the same spin. As well as a payout equal to 2, 5, 10 or 15 times your total stake, you’ll also receive 10, 12, 15 or 18 free spins.
Every time a wild hits during the feature, it’s collected in a meter to the right of the reels. When this meter is full, 2 extra free spins are added to your total and the lowest value human character symbol turns into the top paying cyborg. The meter then resets to 0.
If you fill the meter again, more free spins are added and another symbol morphs into the cyborg. It’s possible to transform all 4 of the higher value human symbols into cyborgs. If you wish, you can buy your way into the Hyper Bonus feature and choose from 10, 12, 15 or 18 free spins.
That also boosts your chances of landing 1 of the 3 jackpot prizes on offer in Machina MegaWays. These silver, gold and platinum jackpots are awarded if you land 10, 12 or 16 cyborgs on the same spin. The silver, gold and platinum jackpots are worth 20, 50 and 1,000 times your stake (at a minimum) respectively.
Machina MegaWays is another impressive addition to the MegaWays catalogue. There’s a gritty feel to the sound and visuals which work well. The range of extras isn’t as wide as you’ll find in similar slots but the Hyper Bonus feature offers some pretty good potential thanks to the symbol upgrades. I managed to convert lots of symbols into the cyborg symbol which resulted in various triggers of the silver and gold jackpots and 1 platinum jackpot.
We liked this glimpse into the future. It’s a bit more understated than some MegaWays slots but Machina MegaWays is a well-oiled machine. I would also recommend you try Vikings Unleashed MegaWays from Blueprint Gaming or Extra Chilli from Big Time Gaming which both use the MegaWays game engine.