Travel back in time to the Wild West on the slot from Inspired Gaming. Desperados Wild Megaways will let you mingle with four mean-looking outlaws in a high-volatility reel ride through the dusty plains of the American West. Cascading symbols, reactive wins, wild substitutions and two free spins modes can lead to wins of up to 12,500 times your bet or 250,000 credits, whichever is reached first.
Desperados Wild Megaways is a video slot with six reels, two to seven rows and up to 117,649 ways to win, using the trademarked Megaways engine under a licence from Big Time Gaming. Your journey to the Wild West on desktop or mobile starts at 0.20 and peaks at 20 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility with an RTP of 96.49%.
Megaways games have been around for some time now with most players being familiar with the reel and pay mechanics, but just in case you never tried one, here’s a rundown. At the start of a spin sequence, symbols cascade on to the reels according to the random selection of ways, ranging from 324 to 117,649. The engine allows anything from two to seven symbols on reels 1 and 6 as well as two to six symbols on reels 2 to five. In addition, you have a horizontal reel above the centre reels where more symbols appear on every spin.
Wins are paid for two to six matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right. Scoring a win will see the symbols in the combo explode and start a chain reaction. New symbols drop into the empty places, potentially creating new winners. The process keeps going as long as new winning combinations land after a cascade. All wins are accumulated and paid once a spin sequence concludes.
The mighty Megaways game window is the prominent part on any of these slots as the wide reels cover most of the screen. On Desperados Wild Megaways, they are fittingly encased in a wooden frame with an aged appearance. In the background is your postcard-perfect picture of the vast American plains while a Western soundtrack provides the main audio.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 9 through to A in Wild West style, awarding 0.8x to 1.75x your bet for a single six of a kind. They are followed by whiskey bottles, a pair of colts, dynamite bundles and sheriff stars. Hit six across the reels to win 2x to 50x your stake.
The four outlaws are the wild symbols, appearing on the horizontal reel only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. They will change to the main grid in one of the two free spins features. A sun-filled icon with gold nuggets and marked with the word ‘Bonus’ acts as the scatter.
Inspired Gaming is the latest studio to proverbially jump onto the Megaways bandwagon. The more the merrier, some would say. Question is only whether it will oversaturate the market for such slots, plus whether the quality and originality will suffer. Inspired took a safe approach, one could say they used the “tried and tested” Megaways template. The usual reel action, the game engine is known to provide, is combined with a free spins round, well, in this case there are actually two types for you to choose from on each occasion.
To trigger the bonus feature, you will need to have four or more scatters in view at the end of a spin sequence. The game will lead to a second screen, displaying the two modes for your free spins. You are free to pick any on each trigger, please note though, that one has maximum volatility.
Lastly, should your balance drop below the current bet value but remains higher than zero, then the game will automatically offer you the Spin Chance. It gives you one chance to win one more spin at the current bet size. A pie chart indicates your chances to win the gamble. Click on PLAY to start the gamble and the marker will start spinning. It will be a winner if the marker ends in the green zone. You can always click on NO to return back to the game screen with the remaining balance.
Did we saddle the horses and polish our six-shooter after spinning the reels on Desperados Wild Megaways? Well, the slot is surely well designed, the visuals are pleasing and the soundtrack provides the Wild West context. The gameplay is your standard Megaways action and only differs on the choice of bonus rounds. The Jail House Free Spins proved to be extremely volatile as the wilds seemed to be rather elusive in most of our features. Might be down to simply poor luck but it definitely convinced us that mixing up the features would be the best way to go. Overall, a good creation from industry giant Inspired Gaming that will find its fans but it doesn’t have the goods to be the star of the Megaways niche.