One of the big stories of the online casino world in 2018 has been the rise of the MegaWays slot. Invented by Big Time Gaming, these are games where the number of symbols on each reel varies from between 2 and 8 with each spin. That in turn changes the number of potential ways to win.
When these MegaWays game engines reach their maximum size. they can offer a frankly mind boggling 117,649 opportunities to create a winning combination. As you can see, these MegaWays slots can live up to their name and deliver some mega winning opportunities.
As a result, other software providers like WMS and Blueprint Gaming have now licensed the MegaWays game engine to release MegaWays slots – Blueprint Gaming in particular has released lots of them including Primal MegaWays, Buffalo Rising MegaWays and Diamond Mine. There are also rumours that NetEnt will be using the MegaWays game engine in 2019!
Anyway, if you’ve not dipped your toes into the MegaWays waters before, here are 3 pretty good places to start:
Vikings Unleashed MegaWays – Blueprint Gaming
This Norse saga has been created by Blueprint Gaming and combines high class design with some cracking extras. Central to the action of course is the MegaWays game engine. The game comes with cascading reel respins. After a winner lands, the successful symbols are removed and news ones drop in and replace them. These ‘reaction’ respins keep on coming as long as a new winning combination is created.
These ‘reactions’ aren’t the only goodies on offer here. Look out for the hammers which transform into the same matching symbol whenever they hit. There’s also a Free Spins feature where each successive ‘reaction’ win increases a multiplier by 1x.
The early MegaWays slots looked a little clunky with all the different moving parts. Blueprint Gaming has got the visuals spot on. Combine that with the top range of extras and it’s easy to see why Vikings Unleashed MegaWays was one of our top slots of 2018.
Battleship Direct Hit – WMS
Based on the classic seafaring board game, this MegaWays slot comes from WMS. The minimum ways to win here is 729. That figure can increase to a massive 117,649. Once again, cascading reels are in play. Other features include the Turret Fire modifier where a volley of gunfire transforms lower value symbols into higher value ones.
Above the 6 reels you’ll see floating ships. If a missile scatter hits, it will destroy the part of the ship directly above it. Destroy all the parts of the ship and you’ll sink it and trigger the bonus round. The number of free spins awarded depends on the size of the ship. There are 2 above the reels each time. Sink the 2 largest sized ships and you’ll win 100 free spins.
The design here isn’t as sophisticated as what’s on offer in Vikings Unleashed MegaWays – the potential from the free spins round makes Battleship Direct Hit worth a look though.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Big Time Gaming
Our third MegaWays pick is based on the hit TV quiz show – Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The design here is pretty basic compared to the other 2 slots but there’s plenty going on as far as features are concerned. Once again, the symbol drops cascades are in play. The highlight here though is the Hot Seat Free Spins feature.
Once triggered you’ll receive 8 free spins. There are plenty of opportunities to increase that number though in a series of gambling games based on the TV show. Use your lifelines to boost your chances. The Ask The Audience will give you a percentage for each of the A, B, C and D options. For example, you could see B – 75%. The phone a friend option reveals the most likely winning answer, again offering a percentage. The 50/50 is a coin flip.
The more correct guesses you make, the more free spins on offer. Reach the milestone rungs at position 2 and 7 and the free spins ladder and you’re guaranteed at least 10 or 20 free spins. Reach the top rung of the ladder and you’ll get 50 free spins. The free spins start at a standard 1x. Land a reaction win and that multiplier increases by 1x. Retriggers are possible here too.
Vikings Unleashed MegaWays, Battleship Direct Hit and Who Wants to be a Millionaire can all be played at LeoVegas Casino. They also offer all the MegaWays titles from Big Time Gaming and Blueprint Gaming.
With over 1,110 slots to choose from, new UK players can get a 100% bonus up to £400 plus 100 Book of Dead spins. You will get 20 free spins when you sign up – on your first 4 deposits, you will receive a 100% bonus up to £100 plus 20 bonus spins.
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