Free Double Bubble Megaways slot
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Double Bubble Megaways slot is from Gamesys who rebranded their in-house slots to Roxor Gaming. It is based on a popular existing slot from back in 2006, Double Bubble so we have a soft pastel theme with gentle music and sound effects, featuring, guess what?, a lot of bubbles! When making Megaways games, initially developers tend to play safe and use existing proven slots as Netent did with for example Gonzo's Quest Megaways slot and the subsequent editions like Piggy Riches Megaways slot. That's all well and good, but if the slot was pretty dire to begin with then it simply makes it pointless. So can we inflate our bankroll here or will the bubble be well and truly burst?
On the reels...
You set up is slightly different here on Double Bubble Megaways slot as the winning symbols aren't replaced and you have a minimum of 3 rows to 7 per reel, therefore 729-117649 ways in play. You pay 20-coins to play, symbols are stacked and single and scatters appear on all reels. Bubble Wilds can land singly on all reels bar the first. The 6-of-a-kind pays are 25x bet 7's, Bells 5x, Orange 2.5x, Melon 2x, Cherry 1.5x with five card values all paying 1x for each full way of six symbols. You don't get any random modifiers as such but do get a Bubble Mania feature in the base game. Each spin a random symbol can be selected to have bubbles overlaid. Should you get a win with it, it will remain in place while bubbles rise up from beneath the grid to hopefully pop in the right places and add more symbols to improve the win. That's pretty much it for the base game.
You need 3 or more purple bonus scatters in view to trigger these. You have 3 bubbles to choose from and will get a number of free games by selecting one, 8 or more. During these free games, 2 more bonus scatters offer the same pick-me screen but this time for extra spins ranging from 2 to 5. Finally, your enhancement - you cannot get Bubble Mania but you will get most spins before the reels stop 2 or more Bubble Wilds added to the grid anywhere on the last 5 reels. This tends to create regular wins which is good as there's no increasing multiplier or tumbles in play. There is also one progressive jackpot available and you will get a chance of this via the pick-me Bubbles after triggering the free games or retriggering them. Get the Gold here and you win the network progressive, seeded at £25,000.
Double Bubble Megaways slot has a RTP of 95.33% plus 0.15% for the Progressive Jackpot contribution making 95.48%. Not great for a Megaways slot and neither are the graphics, sounds or animations overall. The base game gives regular small to medium wins to maintain bankroll but the feature is where it fails. It's not hard to get, but the same thing seems to happen every time - plenty of small wins and a retrigger with a 20-50x bet outcome at the end of it all. I'm sure looking at the pay tables that big wins can be had but it is extremely unlikely so don't play this expecting the volatility and potential of most other Megaways games. I'm afraid this slot burst my bubble in double-quick time...