Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Megaways Slot
In one of the most hotly anticipated releases in some time, Bit Time Gaming’s take on the insanely popular TV quiz show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” has finally made it to their cyber slot roster, launching on 15th November 2018.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire stays true to the original TV show, it’s a high volatility game with a bonus round where a player can climb the ladder by answering questions to earn more free spins, and potentially walk away with £1,000,000!
As per the patented Megaways slot set up, WWTBAM is a 6 reel slot with up to 7 symbols per reel offering a potentially huge 117,649 ways to win. It can be played from 20p to £20 per spin and has been given an RTP of 96.24%.
Design and Symbols
The design of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as you might expect from such an instantly recognisable franchise, replicates the studio set from the TV programme. The game board, with its transparent background is splashed centre-screen, covering where the player and the host would normally sit.
The soundtrack is taken directly from the show, as are the various sound effects which all add to the game’s authenticity. The slot set up will be familiar to Megaways fans where the number of symbols per reel changes every spin with up to 2-7 symbols on reels 1 and 6, and between 2-6 symbols on reels 2-5.
There is also an additional row at the bottom of the game board with 4 symbols appearing beneath reels 2-5. Also familiar will be the cascading symbols design whereby symbols appear to drop into the reels rather than spin in, and if a win lands then the winning symbols will explode before new symbols cascade into their place, offering the possibility of multiple wins with one spin (or cascade).
"It is very different to Extra Chilli and Bonanza in the fact it delivers a lot more 117649 full ways into the free spins. Enabling this is a major improvement to the overall gameplay" - Nick Robinson, BTG
The lower value symbols are the standard 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A while the higher paying symbols are all gemstones, green, blue, red, and the highest value purple which pays 50x bet size for a full row. The wild, which only appears on the bottom 4 symbol row is represented by a question mark, and the scatter is of the game’s logo.
The Hot Seat Free Spins
Before we get into the bonus round mechanics it might be worth (in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past 20 years) explaining the general concept of the original game - and it’s about as simple as they come. The player in the hot seat is asked a series of questions with four possible answers, and for each correct answer, he or she moves one step up a cash ladder.
At certain points the player will reach ‘milestones’, meaning that once they have reached that amount of money then they are guaranteed that sum, even if they answer a subsequent question incorrectly. The closer you get to a new milestone, the more you stand to lose with an incorrect answer.
A player can choose to ‘walk away’ with whatever they have won at any time or choose to take the next question to progress further towards the ultimate goal of a £1,000,000 prize. Players also get a series of ‘lifelines’ to use during the game such as ‘phone a friend’, ’50-50’ or ‘Ask the Audience’ (hopefully all fairly self-explanatory) to assist in times of uncertainty.
The slot’s Hot Seat Free Spins bonus round is triggered by landing a minimum of 3 scatters, and the initial part of the feature mirrors the original format as closely as it can. Once again there is a ladder to climb and a gamble to take to reach each new level, and as with the original game, the player has access to lifelines, although this time the levels aren’t for cash increases but for additional free spins.
Landing 3 scatters awards 8 free spins which is before the first milestone, so if you choose to gamble at this point you are in danger of losing all your spins. Win the first gamble, however, you are guaranteed 10 spins and have one risk-free gamble to move up the ladder. Incidentally, it is possible to land up to 8 scatters, and with each scatter above 3 you will move one step up the ladder before the gambling element begins.
Although there are no actual questions, the lifelines work in the same way, for example, if you ‘Ask the Audience’ and the result gives 80% to one of the four choices (A, B, C, or D) then there is an 80% chance that is correct.
Similarly, 50-50 will remove two incorrect choices. Reach the top of the ladder and you’ll receive 50 highly volatile free spins. If you don’t reach the top of the ladder this section of the bonus round will end either with a wrong answer or if you choose to ‘walk away’ with your earned spins.
Once in the free spins, the multiple cascading wins per spin feature is still active, only this time after every consecutive win a 1x multiplier is added which can really boost winnings. You can also earn more free spins if 3 or 4 scatters appear on the bottom row, earning 4 additional spins for 3 scatters or 8 additional spins for landing 4 scatters (scatters will only appear on this row during the bonus round).
The more spins the better as WWTBAM is a highly volatile slot and you will see a lot of blank spins. However, the big wins can be massive, up to a maximum of 50,000x the bet size, which played
at the highest level of £20 per spin will earn you (of course), £1,000,000.
Our Thoughts on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
As soon as Big Time Gaming landed the license to produce a WWTBAM slot we knew it would be worth waiting for, and we weren’t wrong. Although in many ways this slot isn’t in reality too much different from some of BTG's other Megaways offerings (think Extra Chilli or Bonanza) in terms of format, symbols, and game play, the fact that it manages to recreate much of the excitement of the world’s most popular game show is sure to appeal to a wide market.
Also, given the popularity of BTG’s Megaways format, there will already be a ton of players eager and willing to give it a go. With promises of a higher frequency of "Megaways" during the free spins, and being one of the most volatile slots we’ve seen it is sure to appeal to the gamblers who enjoy the thrill of chasing a big win.
Slot providers ultimate goal is to appeal to as wide a market as possible including the recreational players, the grinders, and the gamblers and with Millionaire they have about as good chance as they’re going to get. Add to this the fact that this is the first non-progressive slot offering a seven-figure jackpot and this is a slam-dunk for success.
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