Travel back to the African savannah for another reel safari on the slot from Pragmatic Play. Great Rhino Megaways builds on their original Great Rhino game with an added upgrade courtesy of the immensely popular game engine under licence from Big Time Gaming. Wild rhinos, tumbling reels, reactive wins and a free spins round with unlimited multipliers and retriggers can lead to wins of up 20,000 times your bet.
Great Rhino Megaways is a cascading video slot with six reels and up to eight rows as well as 324 to 200,704 ways to win. You can go on a reel safari on desktop, mobile and tablet from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. The game has maximum volatility (5/5) with an RTP range between 96.48 – 96.58% depending on whether the Ante Bet is activated.
Thanks to the Megaways engine there are virtually unlimited combinations of rows and ways to win, which makes each spin a unique event. The number of ways is randomly determined at the start of a spin sequence by selecting between two and seven pay symbols all main reels. Additionally, the game has an extra reel at the top of the game window with four positions, extending from reel 2 to 5, where more symbols appear on every spin. A small display in the top right corner will show the current number of active Megaways.
Wins are paid for two to six matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. The symbols from a winning combination will set off a chain reaction and disappear to make room for new symbols to drop into place. This continues as long as a new winning combo occurs after a tumble.
A gorgeous savannah scene on a sunny day is the fitting background to the large game window framed with tribal spears. A number of mammals typically found in the African plains can bee is seen grazing while others dominate on the reels. The soundtrack has a slightly generic feeling although it turns into a dramatic classical orchestra piece on big wins.
Great Rhino Megaways Screenshot
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 10 through to A, all beautifully crafted from aged wood and decorated with tribal markings. Hit six across to the reels to win 1x to 1.5x your stake. They are followed by pink flamingos, hyenas, crocodiles, gorillas and cheetahs, awarding 1.5x to 50x your bet for a single six of a kind. The majestic rhino with a golden horn is the wild symbol, appearing in the horizontal reel only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. A gold coin with a rhino skull acts as the scatter.
Much has been rumoured as to which game studio will be the next to take up a licence for the Megaways game engine. The popularity keeps rising unabated with some 100 Megaways slots from nearly a dozen developers having found their way into the casino lobbies since the start of 2016. While Pragmatic Play released with John Hunter and the Aztec Treasure their own creation with variable reels and up to 7,776 ways, it never really took off the ground and has since all but disappeared into the abyss of forgotten slots.
That has changed as of March 2020 when they announced with Great Rhino Megaways their first full Megaways game. Somewhat disappointingly, they decided to play it safe and took inspiration from Buffalo Rising Megaways by Blueprint Gaming instead of taking the risk with something completely new, although it has substantially more ways to win which should separate sufficiently.
Great Rhino Megaways Free Spins Feature
Core to the gameplay is, of course, the Megaways reel mechanic with 324 – 200,704 ways to win and tumbling symbols. While you can score big wins purely because of the sheer amount of ways, the most potential to reach the cap of 20,000 times bet lingers in the bonus round. Having four gold coin scatters in view at the end of a spin sequence will trigger the Free Spins feature with four options to choose from.
Each extra scatter landing on the triggering spin will add +4 free spins to the tally. The game will then start the bonus round with the selected amount of free spins and multiplier. During the feature, scatters appear on the main reels with three on a spin awarding +5 free spins, no limits. The main attraction though is the unlimited multiplier. It will start at the selected value and increase by x1 after every winning reaction, again, no limits.
Pragmatic Play plans to include a few other extras into the game which were not yet fully confirmed when they issued the demo link. The Ante Bet is bound to make another appearance. Activating it will add 25% extra on top of your default bet for which the game adds more free spin symbols to the reels. The feature buy option is not available while the Ante bet is active.
The final extra is the Bonus Buy option which will be available in some jurisdictions. It will allow you to purchase direct access to the free spins feature by staking 100x your base bet in one amount. Simply hit the button and confirm to see the game launching a spin that will have minimum four scatters land on the reels.
It was only a matter of time for another game studio to jump onto the Megaways train and as it turned out it is Pragmatic Play. While Great Rhino Megaways delivers solid action, we are slightly disappointed that it is virtually a clone of an existing game. Nevertheless, it adds more choice for players, especially for those residing in countries where Blueprint Gaming and others are restricted. With a win potential of 20,000 times bet, it surely will find sufficient African safari fans to spin the reels.
|Deposit Bonus||100% up to £250|
|No Deposit Offer|
|Minimum Deposit||£ 10|
|Bonus available||Valid until further notice|
|Time to meet requirements||30 days|
|Max bet size||£5|
|Deposit bonus||No limits|
|No deposit max cashout||N/A|
|Deposit Bonus||35 X Dep. & Bonus|
|Free spins||No wagering|