Free Raging Rhino Megaways slot
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Raging Rhino Megaways slot is the long awaited revamp of WMS' classic 4096-way Raging Rhino, this time using the BTG licensed Megaways mechanic. I don't really need to go into the theme too much as most of you will have seen the game before, and it retains all the original symbols and most of the sound effects although some have been jazzed up a bit. The background is still the same with African savanna although we do seem to have lost the familiar rhino roar when their wins occur, which is a slight shame. WMS have gone for the same Megaways format as Bonanza and Extra Chilli have, something else you will no doubt know by now. So how will our bankroll fare here - has the high variance beast got even sharper horns now?
You get the familiar Megaways pattern of 6 reels which can display 2-7 symbols on the ends, or 3-7 on the centre 4 reels thus with the varying rows can offer 324-117,649 ways per spin. Symbols appear stacked and singly with Wilds only available on the scrolling reel of 4 tiles which sits above the centre 4 main reels. Diamonds still form the scatters and can appear on all 6 reels. The Rhino remains the best 6-of-a-kind pay at 25x bet, Gorilla 7.5x, Cheetah, Crocodile and Honey Badger all 2x with the six card values from 1.75x to 0.8x for a way of 6. The game overall has been kept simple, winning tiles are removed and replaced by cascades from above and there are no random modifiers or mystery symbols here so it's all about the free games!
You will need to see 4 or more Diamonds in view to trigger these, which can take some getting used to given that the old version only required 3. You don't get a pay for these unlike the 4096-way version so no 1000x bet for 6 scatters here! You will also only get 8 spins regardless, so no +4 for extra scatters over the 4 necessary. You do though only need 3 scatters in the free games for a retrigger of 8 spins and of course, you get an increasing multiplier, unlimited, for every winning action. So those famous Sunset Wilds and their multiplier, do we still see those? Yes, we do and this time as well as 2x and 3x you can also see a 5x on the Wilds now, but bear in mind these only appear on the top scrolling reel. Huge potential, but a highly volatile bonus which leads me to the final observation - you still get the dreaded 'Feature Guarantee' for a yield of less than 10x bet, but WMS have lost that annoying 'ting' when it occurs.
Raging Rhino Megaways slot has been eagerly anticipated and it doesn't disappoint although I do miss the famous Rhino roar of old. Having essentially copied the Bonanza mechanic you can expect hundreds of spins between bonus rounds and when you do hit one be prepared for some low payers to make up for the huge potential the free games have. Retriggers seem slightly easier to hit with only 3 Diamonds required but I did notice you can get some pretty good Rhino wins in the base game, although this will also be far less generous than if were you were on Bonanza. So WMS have kept it simple, retained the most of the old classic 4096-way version and here you get a slightly better 96.18% RTP too but if you think the original is brutal, the plains of Africa have become a far more dangerous place now...