Are you one of the millions of fans of the Medusa and Medusa II slots from NextGen Gaming? If not, now is the best moment to become one as the game studio created Medusa Megaways. You could say it is the original slot on steroids as it is using the patented game engine from Big Time Gaming under a license agreement NextGen’s parent company Scientific Games signed in late 2018.
The result is nothing short of spectacular. On top of tumbling reels, reactive wins and the known free spins round with progressive multipliers, NextGen has given the game a few surprising twists and turns that can lead to wins of up to 50,000 times your stake. Are you brave enough to stare into her eyes or will you fear her golden glaze?
Medusa Megaways is a video with six reels and up to 117,649 ways to win, using the patented BTG 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.
You can dare to face Medusa’s gaze on desktop and mobile from 0.25 to 25 credits. The super high variance game has an RTP of 96.28% without the use of the Buy Pass feature. Activating it will increase the RTP to 97.63%.
Graphics and Visuals
Greek mythology is coming to life once you open the game client. Medusa, the mythical creature with snakes on her head that turned anyone into stone who dared to look into her eyes, is glazing from the reels when she appears as the wild symbol. A Parthenon holds the game window, while ruins of an ancient Greek city can be seen in the background. You will be heading underground in the free spins round into a hidden treasure room lit by two eternal flames. An eerie soundtrack drives the suspense levels to the max and is then even more heightened with frequent loud thunderstrikes.
Beautifully crafted card royals from 10 to A in Greek style are the low value symbols on the Medusa Megaways slot. They are followed by a pair of Medusa’s winged shoes, a ring, a brooche with a snake, a battle shield and a majestic Pegasus. Pays for a single six of a kind range from 0.4x to 30x your bet.
Medusa herself is the wild symbol, appearing on the extra reel only. During the Medusa’s Gaze feature she might appear on the main reel set as well. Scatters are the Medusa slot logo appearing on the main reel set in the base game and potentially also on the extra reel in the free spins round.
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 top 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 in a spin sequence and paid before the next spin starts.
The Medusa’s Gaze Feature
May be triggered whenever a Medusa wild lands on the extra reel in the base game or free spins. She will expand into her full beauty to cover the reel below and gaze at you and turn one or more symbols on the reel into a wild symbol. The feature can also trigger after a reaction within a spin sequence.
The Medusa Buy Pass
The Buy Pass will allow you to gain direct access to the free spins round. Very helpful when you are up for a quick punt or too bored and impatient to wait for an organic trigger. It will cost you 100x your bet and trigger the standard 10 free spins.
The Medusa Megaways Free Spins Feature
The free spins feature is the main attraction on the slot as NextGen went to great length to add reel modifiers and other surprising twists to the gameplay that will distinguish it from all other Megaways games. You will need to hit a minimum of three scatters in a spin sequence to trigger 10 free spins. Any further scatter that lands in the same sequence will award +5 free spins. Alternatively, you can buy the feature by using the Buy Pass.
The round starts off with an x2 win multiplier as default. Every winning reaction will increase it by x1, with no limit on the maximum. We have seen multipliers exceeding x30 on other Megaways slot, transforming even smaller hits into mega wins. And that is where the similarities end and the surprising twists come into play.
- Snake Strike Feature: During the free spins, you will see one snake on each side of the extra reel. Any soldier appearing on the extra reel will be attacked by one of the two snakes. The left will turn him into a wild symbol, while the right will turn him into a scatter.
- Temptation Feature: Medusa Megaways is a highly volatile slot which can lead to poor payouts in the free spins but also to huge wins. Should you not be happy with your result, then you will get the chance to replay the entire free spins round. After the last free spins, the game will lead to a second screen to give you the option to collect or activate the Temptation feature. Once activated, you will forfeit the wins from the initial round and the entire feature starts from the beginning with 10 free spins and an x2 default multiplier. This can be done once only after each bonus feature.
We were hoping that Medusa Megaways would be spectacular as the other two games are huge player favourites. Releasing something below par would have massively disappointed the millions of fans of the Medusa I and II slots. But NextGen has gone all out and created a high-volatility monster that is a worthy equal to the eyes of the Medusa and comes with stunning graphics and huge win potential.