Kingmaker Megaways slot review
Kingmaker Megaways by Big Time Gaming has a completely new mechanic which is simple yet exciting. The theme is simply a fantasy one with a castle and picturesque mountain background over which our stained glass reels lie which stop with the BTG trademark tapping noise and a brief trumpet note if a win appears. There are some similarities to BTG's Dragon Born and Holy Diver slots here and we retain the same symbol colour scheme that made Bonanza famous too. So will Kingmaker prove to be a fortune-maker or will our bankroll disappear forever into the castle keep?
On The Reels...
We start with the Megaways format on Kingmaker slot which means each reel has varying row for 2 to 7 tiles. As we only get 5 reels here there are 32 to 16,807 ways possible on every spin. Wilds can appear only on reels 2,3,4 and 5 with Kingmaker Crown scatters on all. The 5-of-a-kind pays are somewhat lower then you may be used to on the 6-reelers with Purple Gems paying 10x bet, Red 0.7x, Blue 0.6x and Green 0.5x with six card values of between 0.4 and 0.3x for a full way. Icons can appear stacked and there are no random modifiers, simply brutal high volatility which is achieved by multipliers in the base game.
On the right of the reel set you'll see 4 pennants waving with 1x overlaid, which are the colours of the 4 crystals in descending order from Purple down to Green. Every time a 5-of-a-kind win of that respective colour crystal or gem appears, the pennant displays an increased multiplier without limit. Subsequent wins of that type are paid according to the pennant multiplier accrued and this can be very important for the bonus!
If you see 3 Crown scatters 7 free games are yours. Four will award 12 and all five 20. You begin these spins at the multipliers displayed thus far on all the pennants, added up. This can be without limit so you could begin at 20x, 30x or even more depending on how long you wait to trigger them. You can also retrigger them for 3 or more scatters and not only that, your multiplier will also increase by 1x for every 5OAK crystal win in the free spins. Lastly, to help you along you play all the free games at maximum 16,807 ways, similar to the Dragon Born bonus as I mentioned.
Kingmaker Megaways slot is a pretty standard looking with basic sounds and animations because the game is pretty much a fire-and-forget one where you play it until the free games occur, hoping bizarrely they don't trigger too quickly while the combined multipliers are relatively low. The irony is the volatility is solely varied by the frequency of the free games as if you trigger them regularly the potential is far lower. Some players may not like the cumulative or progressive nature of the feature which is the main criticism they had of Holy Diver too. Your base game potential isn't massive at all as the top pay Purple Gem 5OAK is rare therefore 10x is realistically the best full line pay unless lucky enough to get a few of them to raise is in 10x increments. The Kingmaker slot is all about the bonus, which is where a large chunk ot the 96.65% RTP lies, unlike Bonanza say. Kingmaker is a good slot but high-risk, so don't let it become the widow maker...