We lost count but Red Tiger Gaming must be now the tenth developer that signed a licence agreement with Big Time Gaming for the use of the Megaways game engine. The result will be a flurry of Megaways slots that will be eyeing for a piece of the frenzy that this type of game has created.
The first slot to receive the makeover is Mystery Reels Megaways, the original being released in June 2017. It comes with mystery symbols and a free spins feature which can be gambled for more free spins or down to losing the majority of them. Extra Chilli anyone? Well, not quite as you will always walk away with minimum four free spins and on top, you can’t buy the feature either.
Mystery Reels Megaways is a video slot with six reels, two to seven rows and 64 to 117,649 ways to win. The amount of ways is randomly determined for every spin by selecting between two and seven pay symbols for each reel. You can spin the mysterious reels on desktop or mobile from 0.20 to 10 credits. The overall win potential is limited at 10,000 times your stake. The RTP of this medium to high variance game is set at 96.18%.
Update 2nd November 2019: Recent investigations and news have shown that Red Tiger is offering their slots with a variety of RTP settings. For Mystery Reels Megaways it ranges from just 92.12% all the way up 98.06%. This is a worrying development as especially inexperienced players do not fully understand the impact such differences can have on their gameplay. To make matters more complicated, their slots come with or without progressive jackpots. The contribution to these jackpots is a portion of the RTP which is mostly not separately displayed. We can only highlight again our recommendation to always, and that means really every time you open a slot, check the help files to find out what version you will be playing.
At the start of every spin, symbols cascade from the top onto the six reels based on the random selection of reel positions. A display in the top left corner 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.
A blurry background leaves the game window with HD graphics at the centre of attention. Symbols from traditional fruit machines dominate the reels as they appear on single blocks in various sizes depending on how many symbols land on a reel. The soundtrack has been left virtually unchanged, a funky 80s disco piece that will be enjoyed by the older generations of slot players.
Red Tiger Gaming kept the pay symbol set from the original. They start with see cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, grapes and melons at the low end and continue with horseshoes, bells and stars at the high level. Pays for a single six of a kind range from 0.8x to 50x your bet. The golden apple with a question mark serves as the mystery symbol, while a free spins icon on top of a small gamble wheel acts as the scatter on this slot.
A golden apple symbol with a question mark can appear on any reel on any spin in the base game and free spins. It will zoom across the reels to mark other symbols and transform them and itself into a common regular pay symbol. However, they cannot clone scatter symbols.
The free spins feature is not just a simple round, instead, Red Tiger Gaming included a gamble feature, unlimited win multipliers, mystery symbol pays as well as retriggers. The Free Spins bonus game is triggered when the free spins icons are in view after a spin sequence has ended, awarding eight free spins. Any further icon will add an extra four free spins for each occurrence.
The game leads to a second screen showing the Free Spins Gamble Wheel with 10 segments. You have now the option to gamble for up to 40 free spins or collect the amount from the triggering spin or from a won gamble. Winning a gamble will increase the number of free spins, losing will see you drop to the minimum amount, at which point the gamble feature ends. Triggering the bonus feature with more than three scatters will get you straight to one of the higher level wheels.
The kicker in the free spins is the unlimited progressive win multiplier in Bonanza style. Every winning reaction will increase it by x1, with no limit on the maximum. We have seen multipliers exceeding x20, transforming even smaller hits into big wins. Plus, you can also hit Mystery Symbols which will transform into a common symbol.
While we were expecting something new or more spectacular as a first Megaways slot from Red Tiger Gaming, Mystery Reels Megaways is a solid effort. It looks clean and polished, plays smoothly and the free spins gamble does not end in a total disappointment as you will always get four free spins. Sure worth a few spins in your next slotting session.