8 Tigers Gold Megaways slot review
8 Tigers Gold Megaways slot by Skywind is proof that this developer is getting better and better at using the mechanic. After a disappointing start with Book of Gems Megaways we progressed through a couple of games to the very good Alive! Megaways slot with it's innovative Play it Your Way gamble after the feature is over. This slot is loosely based on Aristocrat's classic 5 Dragons slot as we will discover when I reveal the feature mechanic. For now we get a dark background with gold detail, the obvious oriental music and colourful symbols of the theme to complete the authentic Chinese feel. So can we extract some gold from the jaws of these tigers or will our bankroll end up well and truly chewed?
On the reels...
We get 6 reels of 2-7 rows here for 64-177649 ways to win with symbols stacked and single. The 8 Tigers Gold Megaways slot costs 20 coins to spin but if you pay 25 or 50% extra on your stake you can take advantage of the Extra Chance tool which makes the feature trigger 2 or 3x more frequent respectively. You can also benefit from a random feature in the base game called Fa Fa Fa Superways where 1-6 reels are forced to 8-rows high meaning up to 262144-ways can occur. The 6-of-a-kind pays are 10x bet for the Eagle, 7.5x Dragon, 5x Carp, 2.5x Turtle, 1.5x Lucky Tokens with six card values paying 1x down to 0.5x for each full way. Your Ying Yang scatters appear on all reels with 50x if you're lucky enough to see all six and Wild Tigers appear singly on reels 2-5. These can produce your second random modifier, a Tiger Multiplier Feature of 2,3,5,7,10,13 or even 25x if they count in a win! More than one simply pays the same multiplier allocated above the reels.
8 Tigers Feature
You need 3+ Ying Yang scatters to trigger this and these must be on consecutive reels from the first. The feature is the same irrespective of the amount of them you trigger with. You now get to choose your volatility by means of an increasing Wild multiplier. The options are 25,20,15,12,10,8 or 5 spins with a 2,3,5,7,10,13 and 25x respectively or the Mystery Choice which chooses an amount of spins and Wild multiplier for you. So for example if you choose the 10 spins with a 10x Wild multiplier, you get 10x on the first win using any Tiger Wild, 20 on the second Wild win and so-on, unlimited. You get 5,10,15 or 25 extra spins for 3,4,5 or 6 scatters landing in the feature. This feature can be bought for 100x bet in some jurisdictions. If allowed, there's a second option of a 328x bonus buy which means you take two picks from spins at 15,20 or 25 and then multipliers of 10,13 or 25x. Your win cap is 10,000x bet and sometimes when a Wild Tiger is due to count in a win there is an animation where he appears over the reels as they spin.
Play it Your Way
After the 8 Tigers feature is complete, you get a choice. You can bank all your winnings, part of your winnings or risk them all for extra spins which carry on where your multiplier was at the conclusion of the bonus. You see 5 tubes with red and green sectors, green is the win. The green area is proportionate to the amount you risk and/or the less spins you gamble for from the 4 options of 1,3,5 or 10. For example after a 90x bonus return, to gamble for +1 spin on the left it would be 85% green, while maybe +10 spins on the right tube would be about 9% green. If you banked 50 of that 90 win and risked 40, green winning sectors shrink considerably.
Any cash banked is permanent and cannot be risked on further gambles after your initial extra spin(s) are played. Whatever you've risked, if it lands on red you lose it all. You can repeat the Play it Your Way up to 8 times and randomly one or more of the 4 gamble tubes will completely fill with green so you can't lose - hope it is yours!
The slot Tigers Gold Megaways has a 96% RTP and I must say is one of the best 10 Megaways ever. Skywind have made it to include nice graphics, sounds and animations with decent base game hits possible when the random modifiers, usually the Wild multiplier, occur. The free games aren't that rare despite the need to trigger them from reel 1,2,3 but can be extremely volatile when you start to choose the fewer spins and higher Wild multiplier options. So don't worry too much if you haven't got a bonus buy where you reside because the Play it Your Way is a very interesting proposition if you get a poor return from them! I have to reiterate, these 8 Tigers make for a golden Megaways slot...