Join the fabled Leo lion on his own slot from Blueprint Gaming. Released under the LeoVegas Originals series, LeoVegas Megaways will be exclusively available at the namesake casino. It will go global with altered graphics in September 2019 under the name Safari Gold Megaways. It comes with reactive wins, cascading reels, two Bonus Bet options and a free spins round with unlimited progressive multipliers. What sounds like a solid Megaways slot should be capable of producing wins of up to 50,000 times your stake or 250,000 credits, whichever is hit first.
LeoVegas Megaways / Safari Gold Megaways is a video slot with six reels and up to 117,649 ways to win, using the licensed BTG Megaways game engine. The number of ways from 324 to the maximum is randomly determined for every spin by selecting between two and seven pay symbols for reels one and six as well as two to six pay symbols for reels two to five. Additionally, the game has an extra reel at the top of the game window with four positions, extending from reel two to five, where more symbols appear on every spin.
Join the lion on desktop or mobile from 0.20 to 10.00 credits per spin. The RTP of this medium to high variance game is set at 96.50%. It increases to 97% when you use either of the two bonus bet options.
With the Vegas strip blurred by a deep red hue and strobe lights flashing in the background, the game window has been customized specifically for LeoVegas. The spin and Bonus Bet buttons show the well-known lion’s head logo. Chains of lights ornament the reel frame of the main set and the extra reel.
Pay symbols start at the low end with the usual card royals from 9 through to A, followed by green, blue, red and diamond gems. The latter is the most valuable with 50x your stake for a single six of a kind. A casino chip marked with “W” is the wild symbol, appearing in the extra reels only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. LeoVegas casino chips with the known lion logo is the scatter symbol while an icon with a lion’s paw acts as the mystery symbol.
Extra Reel and Reactive Wins Explained
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 carts at the top of the game window spin 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.
LeoVegas Megaways Slot Features
Expect the usual Megaways gameplay with the attention centred on the free spins round. However, Blueprint has also included their signature feature, the Mystery Symbol, that can appear in the base game and free spins. All landing in view on a spin will reveal a common pay symbol except scatters once the reels have stopped
Hit minimum four LeoVegas logo scatters anywhere on the reels within one spin sequence to trigger the bonus wheel. It will appear from the top with two rings, one displaying the starting multiplier while the inner ring will award a number of free spins. You’ll have one spin on the wheel to determine what you will get for your bonus round. Additional scatters on the triggering spin will increase the numbers on the wheel.
- 4-scatter trigger: 5 to 15 free spins with starting multiplier from x1 to x10
- 5-scatter trigger: 5 to 20 free spins with starting multiplier from x1 to x10
- 6-scatter trigger: 5 to 25 free spins with starting multiplier from x1 to x10
- 7-scatter trigger: 5 to 30 free spins with starting multiplier from x1 to x10
The game will now start the bonus round with the amount of free spins and starting multiplier from the wheel. During the feature, scatters appear in the horizontal reel only. Three or four on a spin will award +5 and +10 free spins respectively. The main attraction though in the free spins is the unlimited multiplier. It will increase by x1 after every winning reaction. Plus, the mystery symbol can land on any free spin.
For those impatient between us, there is a Bonus Bet option where you can get direct access to the bonus round for a single bet amount. Hitting the button on the left and the game will present you with two choices.
- Megaways Wheel – 20x your stake | RTP – 97%: You get one spin on the Megaways Wheel for 3 to 10 free spins and a minimum number of ways to win. There are no multipliers in play during the feature but having a few free spins with a high amount of win ways can lead to pretty big wins.
- Bonus Buy – 100x your stake | RTP – 97%: You get one spin on the standard Bonus Wheel as if it was triggered with four scatters. On offer are 5 to 15 free spins and a starting multiplier from x1 to x10. The round is played with the progressive multiplier, increasing by x1 for each winning reaction.
While there is not much new on LeoVegas Megaways, we welcome the low-cost option for the bonus bet as most of the time is prohibitive for low to medium rollers. Other than that, the slot will deliver the usual Megaways gameplay with identical win potential to Bonanza or Buffalo Rising Megaways.
Please note that we had only the promo game sheet and a short video to write this review but thought it was important to bring you the details about the new slot. Any potential inaccuracies will be of course corrected the soon whe receive a demo link for the game.
Update 1th July 2019: We received the demo link today and updated the review accordingly. All information is now correct.