- Above-average RTP
- Free spins
- Scatters and wilds
- No gamble feature
- No bonus game
- No multiplier
NextGen is an Australian company that has been around since 1999. As it is one of the giants of the industry, Next Gen Gaming slots have a solid reputation. Manic Millions reimagines the classic mad scientist’s lab; in doing so, it leans fairly heavily on games such as Caleta’s Crazy Lab slot. It incorporates many familiar features, including a free spins bonus.
Manic Millions has five reels, three rows and 25 paylines. The minimum coin size is 0.01 and the maximum is 25.00, meaning the minimum bet size is 0.25 and the maximum is 250. There are 10 regular symbols: Igor the hunchbacked assistant, a giant Venus flytrap, an evil mouse, three green goggle-wearing blobs, two three-necked flasks, two conical flasks, and two round flasks. The wild is the mad scientist.
Theme, graphics and soundtrack
The first impression is that NextGen is definitely playing this for laughs and in this sense has pitched it about right. Instead of a gloomy and dungeon-like castle laboratory, Manic Millions has been set in a fairly bright and tidy modern lab that is more Despicable Me than Victor Frankenstein. Our characters are pretty whacky, along the lines of Pixar creations, with a long-legged beanpole of a professor in checked trousers, a Pringle sweater and a massive grey beard plus a grey-faced and slightly monstrous assistant whom we simply have to call Igor.
The symbols are suspended on invisible reels on a semi-opaque background through which we get a good view of the lab and a grand staircase sweeping up into the distance.
The two main characters watch in still silence until the moment comes for Igor to throw the switch and electrify the grid. As you progress, you will get a celebratory wave from the professor and a bizarre shambling dance from the hunchback.
The soundtrack is a jaunty electronic piece with echoes of the theme from The Addams Family, which is nicely in keeping with the look and tone of the visuals.
Manic Millions RTP and variance
Manic Millions has an RTP of 96.42 per cent and low variance.
How to play Manic Millions
- Click the play button to set the reels spinning using the current total bet value. The play button disappears during the spins, so you can’t stop the reels.
- Select ‘settings’ and ‘coins’ to adjust the bet level.
- The autospin function allows you to select spins by using a slider in the settings menu. This goes up in increments of 5 from 5 to 100.
- The balance is displayed to the top left of the screen.
- Payline wins and scatter wins are multiplied by the bet.
- Scatter wins are added to payline wins.
- Only the highest win on each payline pays out, and wins on different paylines are added.
- Always play gambling games responsibly. If playing for real money, make sure you stay within the limits of what you can afford to lose. When the game stops being fun, you should quit.
Bet sizes and paytable wins
The bet size ranges from 0.25 to 250.
The game pays out for three, four or five matching symbols on a payline. The highest payouts, which are for five matching symbols, are as follows:
- Igor = 500
- Venus flytrap = 250
- Mouse = 125
- Blobs = 125
- Pink flask = 100
- Red flask = 100
- Orange flask = 75
- Blue flask = 75
- Yellow flask = 50
- Green flask = 50
- Wild (professor) = 1,000
- Scatter = 1,250
Manic Millions bonus features
Electrifying free games
If you land three or more scatters, you will be awarded 10 free spins; what’s more, Igor can add up to three wilds to one or more of the reels. Free spins are played according to the paylines and bet of the triggering game.
Igor wild bonus
During the course of any base game, Igor may add a wild to one or more of the reels. During the course of any free game, Igor may add up to three wilds to one or more of the reels.
Igor scatter bonus
After any game, Igor may add a scatter to one or more of reels two, three and four. Scatter pays are awarded after the Igor scatter bonus.
Manic Millions review: our verdict
The paytable is fairly low and the lack of a multiplier in the free spins round is a little disappointing. All the basic special features are here but it is a shame that NextGen chose not to take advantage of the rich setting and give us a bonus game somewhere else in the castle. Still, it is visually very appealing and a solid gaming experience without breaking any new ground.
Disclaimer: Manic Millions trademark / license is owned by Next Gen. This site is not endorsed by Next Gen.
|Slot Name:||Manic Millions|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||£0.25 (GBP)|
|Max Bet:||£100 (GBP)|
|Features:||Wild Symbol, Scatter Symbol, Free Spins, Medium volatility, 5 Reels|
|Themes:||Action & Adventure, Futuristic|
|Available in UK?||Yes. Next Gen have a UKGC license and are allowed to offer their games at UK licensed casinos.|
What are the RTP and variance?
The RTP is officially 96.42 per cent, which is slightly above average for an online slot game. The variance is low, which means payouts will be modest but fairly frequent. Some sources have reported that the RTP may be a little lower at 95.24 per cent.
What is the maximum payout?
The maximum payout is 1,250, which is comparatively low. This is for landing five scatters.
Are the spin results genuinely random?
Yes, all spins are controlled by random number generation algorithms. This means there is no human interference with or influence over the outcomes.
Is there a secret to winning when playing online slots?
There is no connection between one spin and the next and no change in the likelihood of any combination occurring. The spins are completely random; therefore, there is no way a player can influence the game. It is pure chance.
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