Mystery Reels Megaways
The Mystery Reels Megaways was a hotly anticipated game by Red Tiger as it was their first-ever slot machine with the infamous Megaways feature. Considering the success they had with other 2019 releases so far; Pirate's Plenty, Ninja Ways, Thor's Lightning and Gemtastic - Mystery Reels Megaways is only going to add to it.
- Release Date: 28.03.2019
- Volatility: High
- RTP: 96.18%
- Paylines: 117,649
- Reels Setup: 6 reels / 2-7 symbols per reel.
- Max Win: 10.000x the stake
- Min/Max stake per spin: €0.20/€10
Red Tiger acquired their Megaways licence from Big Time Gaming back in September 2018. No less than 6 months later, their new game was ready to hit the market in March 2019. Playing it safe, RT took one of their most popular titles to date (the original Mystery Reels slot) and gave it a Megaways overhaul.
This is a highly volatile beast of a video slot with a classic fruity theme, offering wins up towards the 10,000x your stake mark. The big wins, as tends to be the Megaways way, come from a free spin round which benefits from cascading symbols and increasing win multipliers.
Design & Symbols
Visually, Mystery Reels Megaways is quite true to the original which depicts a chrome-framed classic fruit machine. Essentially you’re looking at the business end of a Las Vegas casino video slot. Simplicity is the order of the day here with the symbols spinning on slate grey reels. There are no background animations and the entire focus is on the spinning reels and the classic fruity symbols.
Cherries, lemons, oranges, and plums are the lowest value symbols. Grapes, melons, horseshoes, and bells are all mid-value symbols. The high-value symbols are stars and red sevens, with red sevens the most valuable of all, paying 50x the stake for 6 adjacent symbols.
It’s worth noting that all of the other symbols pay significantly lower. The scatter is a wheel of fortune with “Free Spins” splashed across it. Unusually, there is no wild symbol, although there is a mystery symbol which takes the shape of a silhouette of an apple.
Mystery Reels Megaways benefits from a cloning mystery symbol, cascading reels, and a great free spins round with increasing win multipliers.
Cloning Mystery Symbol
When the mystery symbol appears it clones itself a random number of times across the reels before revealing a single symbol type for a guaranteed win. The same mystery symbol appeared in the game’s original incarnation.
After a win lands, the symbols making up the win disappear. Symbols above those which have been removed drop down to fill the gaps, with their place being taken by new symbols appearing from above. Any new win created by this process allows the cycle to repeat. This continues until no new win is created at which point a new spin will begin.
Mystery Reels Megaways Free Spins
8 free spins are awarded by landing 3 scatter symbols and you are given the opportunity to gamble for more. Choose to gamble and a red and black wheel of fortune is spun with different numbers of free spins. Even if the gamble is lost there are still 4 free spins to play so it is often worth a punt as it is relatively easy to build up a few more free spins – and each additional free spin can be very, very valuable.
During free spins landing 3 scatters will add another 5 free spins to your total and there is no limit to the number of additional free spins which can be won.
The biggest wins are earned during free spins as each cascading win adds a win multiplier for each new win.
Mystery Reels Megaways Summary
Mystery Reels is a solid first Megaways outing for Red Tiger here. As NextGen Gaming did recently with Medusa Megaways, choosing a familiar and successful slot to upgrade to Megaways is a tried and tested way to ensure success.
This slot is relative ‘no frills’ when compared to some Megaways slots, certainly in terms of graphics and animations. However, that is kind of the point when you take on a classic fruity theme. Although Mystery Reels Megaways offers bags of potential in the base game, it’s really all about the free spins. The gamble feature seems like a fairly easy way to end up with 20, 30, 40 or more free spins.
Now they’ve got their feet under the Megaways table with a safe slot it will be good to see what Red Tiger can do next time out. This provider has consistently proven that they are capable of delivering high quality, original slots. As such I’m super excited to see what they can do to push the Megaways movement forward.