Get ready to play for a million on the latest Megaways slot from Big Time Gaming. Currently, no other non-progressive video slot has the potential to go past the one million mark. BTG, the shooting star among game providers, signed a licensing deal at the beginning of 2018 and has taken on the challenge to bring the suspenseful atmosphere of the popular TV-show to a set of slot reels.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a simple, yet very engaging TV-show concept, that sees contestants answering multiple-choice questions to advance through 15 levels. Getting the last answer right, will award the lucky contestant 1 Million in their currency. Along the way contestants can make use of three jokers – phone a friend, 50:50 and ask the audience – that will help them to get past potential stumbling blocks. The contestants can choose to walk away with their winnings at every level.
WWTBAM is a video slot with six reels and up to 117,649 ways to win, using the patented Megaways engine. The amount of ways is randomly determined for every spin by selecting between two and seven pay symbols for reels one and six as well as two to six pay symbols for reels two to five. Additionally, the game has an extra reel at the bottom of the game window with four positions, extending from reel two to five, where more symbols appear on every spin.
The slot features reactive wins, wild substitutions as well as a free spins bonus gamble with up to 50 free spins and unlimited win multipliers. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96,24%. Stake sizes range from 0.20 to 20 credits. According to the provider, the win potential can go as high as 50,000 times the stake. The game can be played on any mobile or desktop device.
Admittedly, it is quite a challenge to transfer the atmosphere from the TV-show to a set of slot reels. Big Time Gaming has dug deep into their creative chest and mastered the challenge beautifully. The backdrop is an artistic take of the show set in mostly black and blue colours. Spotlights similar to those in the show illuminate the game window, adapting to the colour of the pay symbol in a winning combo. A soundtrack almost identical to the original is exactly synchronized to the action on the reels.
Big Time Gaming stayed with their usual pay symbols comprising the 9s to As suits as well as a range of gems in green, blue and red colours. The top symbol is a sparkling diamond. The pays for a single six of a kind range from 0.8 to 50 times the stake. Wild is a question mark on a rainbow-coloured round tile appearing on the extra reel at the bottom of the game window only. Scatters are the slot logo.
At the start of every spin, symbols drop from the top onto the six reels based on the random selection of reel positions. In addition, the extra reel at the bottom of the game window spins four symbols into view abeam reels two to five adding an extra symbol position to those reels. A display at the top shows the total amount of active ways to win for the spin.
Wins are paid for adjacent symbols from left to right. The symbols from a winning combination are part of a reaction which will see them explode to make room for new symbols to drop into place. This continues as long as a new winning combination occurs after a reaction. Wins are accumulated from all reactions and paid before the next spin starts.
Three scatters are needed on a spin to trigger the bonus game on WWTBAM, initially awarding eight free spins and leading to the Hot Seat Free Spins Gamble. More than three scatters will start the gamble at a higher level.
The Hot Seat Free Spins Gamble is a bonus game similar to the questions and lifelines used in the TV-show. A free spins ladder with 12 steps, displaying eight to 50 free spins, is shown on the right of the game window. Players can choose to walk away at every step, including taking the eight initial free spins. The game will display four answers A, B, C and D and the three life lines – call a friend, 50:50 and ask the audience. It will randomly choose one lifeline and display the most probable correct answer or delete two incorrect answers. Players have to lock in one answer and will climb the ladder by one step if they selected the correct answer.
There are two safe levels at 10 and 20 free spins, which are guaranteed for the bonus round once players reach those levels. The game ends after an incorrect answer has been selected and the free spins round starts with the number of free spins that were won in the gamble. During the free spins, an unlimited multiplier will increase by x1 after each reactive win. More free spins can be won during the feature when scatters appear on the extra reel at the bottom of the game window. Three and four scatters will award four and eight free spins respectively.
We have been eagerly awaiting to see how Big Time Gaming would execute the theme and most of all include a win potential of one million credits. The result is nothing short of spectacular, although it is a more volatile game than Extra Chilli, which has also a free spins gamble feature. Getting to 50 free spins in the bonus game won’t be easy but will be almost a guarantee for huge wins. However, knowing Extra Chilli or Bonanza, WWTBAM will be capable to produce mega wins even from smaller amounts of free spins. We can see it being added to many player favourites lists.