Align your lucky stars for an exhilarating reel journey to outer space on the slot from ReelPlay. Hypernova Megaways will be making its dramatic appearance at online casinos worldwide and contrary to its natural siblings, this star will not fade away in a few weeks or months. Thanks to the ever so popular Megaways game engine from Big Time Gaming, which the developer is using under a licence agreement, it is bound to surprise players with cascading symbols, reactive wins, a bonus game where four fixed jackpots are up for grabs and a suspenseful base game that can lead to wins of up to 8,641 times your bet.
Hypernova Megaways is a cascading video slot with six reels, up to seven rows as well as 324 to 117,649 ways to win. The exact number of ways is randomly determined for every spin sequence by dropping between two and seven pay symbols onto 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 top of the game window with four positions, extending from reel two to five, where more symbols appear on every spin. A display in the top right corner shows the total amount of active ways to win for the current spin sequence.
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 cascade into place. This will continue as long as a new winning combination occurs after a reaction. Wins are accumulated from all cascades and paid before the next spin sequence starts.
Your journey into deep space on desktop, tablet or mobile starts at 0.20 credits and peaks at 25 credits. The game has medium to high volatility with an RTP of 96.095%.
A Hypernova is the larger sibling of a Supernova, a stellar explosion that produces immensely bright luminosity which is then fading away over a few weeks or months. The latter is estimated to be comparable in brightness to the light from an entire galaxy while a Hypernova is about 5 to 10 times more luminous. In light of that little Wikipedia lesson, a night sky with a stellar explosion seems like the perfect background to a translucent game window. A suspenseful orchestra piece with periodic crescendos provides the fitting audio to the deep space theme.
Reel Play went for the original BTG pay symbol set which will surely please Megaways hardcore fans, although the payouts are slightly different. They start at the low end with the card royals from 9 through to A, awarding 0.5x to 1.2x your bet for a single five of a kind. The premium symbols are blue, green and red gems as well as the famous diamond. Hit six across the reels to win 2x to 100x your stake.
An elliptic space icon marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, appearing in the horizontal reel only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. Scatters are as to be expected a Hypernova, each marked with a coin value or a jackpot trophy.
If you are looking forward to a free spins round, I’m afraid you might be disappointed. Instead, ReelPlay opted for a Jackpot Respins feature, which is triggered when minimum six scatters are in view at the end of a spin sequence. All will be locked in place and initially, three respins awarded. The reels will spin and any new scatter symbol landing will be locked in as well and the respin counter reset to three. The feature continues until you either run out of spins or the entire screen is filled with scatters.
Each scatter in view will be marked with a random coin win from 1x to 100x your bet or a jackpot trophy. The game has four fixed jackpots – Bronze at 10x bet, Silver at 50x bet, Gold at 250x bet and Platinum at 2,000x bet. The two smaller jackpots can be won multiple times in a single bonus round while the two major jackpots only once. Worth noting is that they are not progressive. The maximum win potential in the respins is 6,250x your bet.
The team at ReelPlay sure looks fired up and fully motivated after their rebranding and what better way to make a grand entrance than releasing a Megaways slot. The immense popularity of the game engine virtually guarantees the attention of the player community. Plus, I do like that they went for the off-beaten track to stay away from a free spins round and included the respins feature in the gameplay.
It gives players an alternative to the usual Megaways offerings, especially because according the game sheet you can expect to trigger the Jackpot Respins on average once in 165 spins, which is much lower than other Megaways slots such as Bonanza which triggers the free spins once in 450 spins on average.