Deal or no Deal Megaways slot review
Deal or no Deal Megaways slot by Blueprint Gaming is their first TV themed game using the Megaways mechanic and I have to say it's all rather disappointing which I will explain shortly. It uses the same basic formula as many of their other Megaways editions such as their first one Diamond Mine which is essentially a copy of Bonanza anyway, or Iron Dog's Pirate Kingdom Megaways upon which the feature trigger is based. The reels are set over a virtual studio background and use the gentle sounds and music that the old show did on TV and there's no Noel Edmonds to be seen. So will the banker be kind to our bankroll here or will our box be empty?
On The Reels...
You get 6 reels with a scrolling row of 4 symbols above the centre 4 reels on Deal or no Deal Megaways slot. This means 324-117649 ways a spin with symbols single or stacked and winning tiles removed to be replaced by fresh ones from above. The best 6-of-a-kind pay is the Box at 50x bet, Envelope 5x, Banker's Seal or Coffee Mug 2x with five card values paying either 1 or 0.8x for each full way. There are single Wilds which only appear on the scrolling reel and no scatters but don't despair as there is a bonus here! You get the usual Blueprint random Mystery symbols on some spins too, in the form of a Gold Question Mark.
I hesitate to call this paragraph 'free spins' as although you can get them, alas they aren't guaranteed which is a big minus from my point of view. As there are no scatters, we need 4 or more winning actions on any one spin to trigger the feature, same as Pirate Kingdom Megaways which I mentioned above.
You get a Bronze, Silver or Gold Deal or no Deal game for 4, 5 or 6+ consecutive wins on the trigger. The prizes are 1 to 10x cash in the blue ladder on the left and 8 to 20 free games in the red ladder on the right. You play the game exactly as on TV picking 5 boxes initially with groups of 3 afterwards. The Banker offers you either cash or free spins as you go and you can play right to the end and open your initial box.
There's no guarantee you won't be fobbed off with a pathetic cash award if the boxes are not kind to you so you should always take the increasing multiplier free games if possible at the earliest opportunity unless your remaining boxes mean you cannot realistically do worse. You can retrigger the spins with 4 cascades too and there are far more mystery symbols on the reels to help.
Deal or no Deal Megaways slot has the age old fault of making the player wait for the bonus and then not guaranteeing the main event, i.e. the free spins. The looks and sounds are inoffensive enough and the RTP is slightly lower than usual at 95.83%. It's rather depressing playing the game, picking the boxes only to see the red premium ones containing 12 or more free games get discarded early, almost certainly resulting in trashy cash offers from the Banker. The free games are quite good when you can get them though, but when all is said and done there is no reason to play this over any other Megaways. I'm putting this one in a box that I shall forever leave closed...