With snow-capped mountains, green fields and a mighty castle in the background, you’ll see A to 9 symbols spinning around the reels alongside 4 higher paying gemstones, each one embossed with a mythical creature. The best of them is the purple dragon stone which will get you an award of 0.75, 1, 1.5 or 10 times your total stake if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 on adjoining reels. There’s also a wild that replaces all of the standard symbols. This can appear anywhere apart from reel 1.
The MegaWays game engine means that the number of symbols on each reel changes with spin. The number of ways to win varies too. If all 5 reels feature the maximum 7 symbols the machine offers 16,807 MegaWays.
Spicing up the base game is the Gem Multipliers feature. Land a 5 of a kind winner made up of 1 of the 4 higher paying gemstones and it increases a multiplier for that symbol by 1x. You can check the state of the multipliers by looking at the matching banners to the left of the reels. These multipliers continue rising until you trigger the Free Spins feature when they all reset to 1x.
To trigger that Free Spins feature, you’ll need to land 3, 4 or 5 of the crown scatter on the same spin. After an award of 4, 20 or 250 times your stake, you’ll then go on to play 7, 12 or 20 free spins. The base game gem multipliers are then added together to create your staring free spins multiplier. If you had a 6x multiplier from each banner, you’d begin with a 24x multiplier.
You can increase this multiplier during the free spins by landing 5 of a kind gemstone winners. Re-triggers are possible too. Landing 3, 4 or 5 crowns adds another 7, 12 or 20 free spins to your total. Furthermore, every free spin will have 16,807 ways to win increasing your chances of winning bigger.
In some MegaWays slot games, we’ve found almost too much going on. Big Time Gaming has got the balance pretty much spot on in Kingmaker. There’s enough going on to keep things moving but it’s not overwhelming. The highlight is undoubtedly the Free Spins feature where the multipliers can really come into their own.
It’s not the flashiest looking slot game but it’s solid enough and the brooding soundtrack gives the game an epic quality in keeping with the mediaeval theme. Put all that together and you’ve got a very playable game. If you’re one of the growing army of MegaWays fans, then Kingmaker is well worth a look. I would also try Who Wants to be a Millionaire from Big Time Gaming which is their first branded title (and uses MegaWays).