Extra Chilli Megaways
Time to take a big, deep breath as things are about to get very hot on Extra Chilli from shooting star Big Time Gaming. Using the extremely successful Megaways game mechanic, the game has sky-high win potential, a free spins gamble, unlimited win multipliers and retriggers in the free spins as well as the unique Feature Drop buy option.
Extra Chilli is a video slot with six reels and up to 117,649 ways to win, using the patented Megaways engine. The amount of ways is randomly determined for every spin. The RTP of this high variance game is set at 96,41%, increasing to 96.82% when the Feature Drop is used. You can spin the hot reels with bet sizes ranging from 0.20 to 40 credits. According to the provider the win potential is well in excess of 15,000 times the stake. The game can be played on any mobile or desktop device.
A typical Mexican marketplace with merchant carts and a bell tower is the backdrop to an intricate game window which is fittingly ornamented with chilli and garlic bundles. Chillies are also the predominant pay symbol on the reels. A chirpy mariachi-style tune played with castanets, trumpets and guitars is accompanied by whistles and explosion noises on reactive wins.
At the low end of the pay table are the usual card suits from 9s through to A’s, paying 0.8 to 1.75x your stake for a six of a kind. The high end consists exclusively of chillies in green, blue, red and purple colours. The latter is the top symbol paying 50 times your stake. The wild symbol is a set of three firework crackers, appearing on the extra reel only. The scatter symbols are made up of the letters H, O and T, plus a +4 symbol that awards extra free spins. During the bonus round, golden chilli pots are an additional scatter symbol, appearing on the extra reel only. Gold coins dropping on a spin in the base game will reduce the cost to buy the Feature Drop.
Extra Reel and Reactive Wins
At the start of every spin, symbols drop from the top onto the six reels based on the random selection of reel positions. In addition, the extra reel at the bottom of the game window spins four symbols into view abeam reels two to five adding an extra symbol position to those reels. A display at the top shows the total amount of active ways to win for the spin.
Wins are paid for adjacent symbols from left to right. The symbols from a winning combination are part of a reaction which will see them explode to make room for new symbols to cascade into place. This will continue as long as a new winning combination occurs after a reaction. Wins are accumulated from all cascades and paid before the next spin starts.
The Free Spins Bonus Feature
The free spins feature is not just a simple round, instead Big Time Gaming included a gamble feature, unlimited win multipliers as well as retriggers. The Free Spins bonus game is triggered when the gold blocks spelling H-O-T are in view after a spin sequence has ended, awarding eight free spins. Golden +4 symbols will add an extra four free spins for each occurence.
The game leads to a second screen showing the Free Spins Gamble Wheel with 10 segments. Players have now the option to gamble for more free spins or collect the amount from the triggering spin. The gamble is not available when the free spins feature was triggered with 24 or more free spins. The first two levels could end in losing the entire round, so some caution might be recommended on spinning the gamble wheel.
- 8 spins won – gamble to 12 or lose to 0
- 12 spins won – gamble to 16 or lose to 0
- 16 free spins won – gamble to 20 or fall back to 8
- 20 free spins won – gamble to 24 or fall back to 12
Free spin gambles are described by the provider as being set as 60/40 in favour of the player, with the exception of the 8 to 12 gamble which is 50/50.
The kicker in the free spins is the unlimited progressive win multiplier. Every winning reaction will increase it by x1, with no limit on the maximum. We have seen multipliers exceeding x20, transforming even smaller hits into big wins.
Feature Drop Buy Option
The impatient among us slot players can opt to trigger the feature without having to wait for the H-O-T scatters to land on the reels. The Feature Drop display on the right of the game windows shows the current cost to buy the feature directly. The default cost is 50x the stake which will be reduced by gold coins landing on the reels in the base game. The feature will trigger automatically when the counter reaches zero and will be reset to 50x the bet after each bonus round.
Too hot to handle or nice and spicy? Extra Chilli is an exciting slot creation that undoubtedly has huge win potential but also a path to balances vanishing quickly. Using the feature buy option too often or trying to gamble to the maximum free spins on each occasion can end in disaster. Hence, our verdict is – be brave and taste the chillies but step away when you can’t take the heat.