TED, Twin Spin and Divine Fortune are just a few of the popular slots set to get Megaways makeovers in the coming months. Along with recent releases like Gonzo’s Quest Megaways and Centurion Megaways, this is definitely the start of a new gaming trend, as slot classics are being equipped with new gameplay mechanics to captivate more players.
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways
While NetEnt themselves don’t have a license to use Big Time Gaming’s Megaways mechanic their subsidiary company - Red Tiger Gaming - do, and that’s why Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is now able to be played at most online casinos offering Red Tiger’s slots.
Like the original, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways follows the life of Gonzo, an adventurer going in search of long-lost treasure in South America, and the game plays out almost identically, although the Megaways mechanic offers significantly more win-potential during both the base-game and the free-spins round, especially when the multiplier reached 5X or 15X!
Piggy Riches Megaways
Another of NetEnt’s “signature” slots, Piggy Riches Megaways was also developed by Red Tiger Gaming, although unlike Gonzo’s Quest Megaways it offers something a little different; it’s possible for wild multiplied reels to appear during the base-game and the free-spins bonus. Where things start to get really interesting, however, is during the free-spins bonus as there’s an unlimited multiplier in play - and this multipliers multiplies against the wild reel multipliers, making 5,000X+ hits more than possible!
TED has proven itself to be one of Blueprint Gaming’s most successful video slots, modelled - of course - around the hit film of the same name. It’s also the latest game to receive a Megaways “upgrade” and Blueprint Gaming has announced a few “teasers” around the game, despite it not being scheduled for release for a couple of months.
Like most Megaways slots, TED Megaways will offer a maximum of 117,649-ways-to-win and the main attraction of the game is the TED Free Spins bonus, during which an unlimited win multiplier increases after each and every spin. For those looking to up the ante and increase the intensity of their gambling experience there’s also a gamble feature. This allows you to spin the Wheel of Fartune to be awarded a mystery number of free-spins, with a minimum number of Megaways.
TED Megaways is modelled heavily around Return of Kong Megaways - another popular slot from Blueprint Gaming that sees an “increasing Megaways” mechanic in play during the free-spins. What this means, is that the number of Megaways increases the further into the bonus you get, and each time you collect three of the TED symbols you’ll be awarded two additional free-spins and an increase in the number of Megaways active.
Divine Fortune Megaways
While Netent’s progressive jackpot slots haven’t been quite as successful as, say, those from the likes of Microgaming or Playtech they do have a couple of pretty decent hits under their belt and Divine Fortune is one of them. This Ancient Greek-themed game offers players the chance to win two localized jackpots and one main progressive jackpot, and NetEnt has recently announced it too will be made into a Megaways slot.
Unfortunately, very little information is currently available, although it’s almost certain that the game will be developed by Red Tiger Gaming; this is because, to our knowledge, NetEnt are yet to acquire a Megaways license from Big Time Gaming, choosing instead to release their Megaways slots through Red Tiger - a company they own.
Twin Spin Megaways
Twin Spin is yet another of NetEnt’s extremely successful slot releases, and like with the case of Divine Fortune the game developer has now announced that they'll be releasing a Megaways version of the game. NetEnt - again - appears to be keeping their cards relatively close to their chest when it comes to revealing information about the game, but it looks likely that it will feature the same “expanding reels” mechanism that we saw in the original Twin Spin release.
One thing that is certain is that NetEnt will be looking to make Twin Spin Megaways more of a success than Twin Spin Deluxe which, despite significant hype, failed to live up to expectations and never caught on in the online gambling world.
The final Megaways “remake” we’re going to talk about today is Centurion Megaways, a video slot from Inspired Gaming that’s proving to be a popular choice with iGaming enthusiasts already. Inspired Gaming’s original version of Centurion found huge commercial success in the offline world, and can be found at a large number of UK-based bookmakers, arcades and casinos. It’s also proven to be a successful online release for the software provider which is likely why they chose to make it their first Megaways game.
The game offers the same plethora of randomly-triggered base-game features, and you’ll find yourself able to win one of 6 different bonuses. Like we’ve seen in many Megaways slots, there is also the option for you to “gamble” your feature, and the Wild Power Spins Super bonus is the best-possible feature, during which the middle four reels are fully transformed into wild reels!
A Sign of Things To Come?
It’s clear that rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, many game developers are now choosing to simply remake some of their most successful releases using Big Time Gaming’s Megaways engine. So far way, developers have been doing a great job when it comes to equipping older slots with Megaways mechanics. Titles like Centurion Megaways and Piggy Riches Megaways successfully merge classic gameplay with innovative Megaways features, but there is some danger in making games a bit to similar to existing slots.
While Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is great fun, there isn’t a great deal differentiating it from the original while TED Megaways is dangerously close to being a carbon copy of Return of Kong Megaways.So, gamemakers will have to pay close attention to how their new Megaways games play in comparison to their corresponding originals as well as to other existing Megaways slots.