All About Bar-X Safecracker Megaways™ Slot
Blueprint Gaming is the most prolific of Big Time Gaming’s Megaways™ licensees, filling our licensed slot sites with a huge array of expanding reels games, most of which play in pretty much the same way. Look closely at the template of Blueprint’s first Megaways™ offering, Diamond Mine and you will find it to be almost identical to Bar-X Safecracker. Why change something that works well, right?
This bank-robber-themed online slot features decent graphics, runs on 6 reels and supports 117,649 winning formations. What it lacks in visual appeal, it compensates with free spins, cascades, multipliers and mystery icons that add a little suspense.
Themes, Gameplay, Symbols and Pay Tables
Microgaming’s Break da Bank is now a cult classic, but who could have known when that slot was released that the “robbing the bank” theme would still be interesting for software developers years later? Just like Break da Bank and its sequel Break da Bank 2, Bar-X Safecracker fulfills a fantasy, at least virtually, of cracking open a bank vault and leaving with sacks full of money. But before you can do that, you need to load the game and get familiar with the symbols.
Once inside the bank’s treasury, you will encounter reels filled with icons of playing card denominations (from 9 to A) and symbols such as X, BAR, lucky red seven and a shiny, expensive diamond. The diamond – a girl’s best friend – is the highest paying icon for 6 of a kind. You can get 50x your stake for this combination and 25x your bet for 5 of them in adjacent positions. The wagering starts at £0.10 per spin with a max of £20 per spin.
The cohort of 117,649 Megaways slots always comes with cascading reels, or tumbling reels, or whichever way you want to call them. They allow for symbols which form winning combinations to disappear, allowing new ones to drop down and fill their places. This occurs before the spin results are evaluated which means you can achieve multiple wins on a single rotation. The cascades happen as long as there are matching symbols that pay.
The golden safe door is the Scatter icon and you are required to collect 4 of them to unlock the free spins round. The game will then take you to a secondary screen where you will have to choose from 8 closed safes. Pick one to find out the number of freebies you’re getting. Additional cascades during free play will introduce multipliers and every time the reels tumble, the multiplier value will increase by 1x.
The mystery symbol is represented by a golden ‘0’. This is another common feature of Megaways™ slots. When more than one land, so each instance will transform into an identical symbol from the paytable. They may include multipliers to drive bigger prize payouts.
The Slot Buzz Verdict
Like most of the Megaways™ slots churned out by Blueprint in 2019, Bar X Safecracker is a safe-bet for the studio. It follows the tried and tested route along a medium variance path with the same feature set and gameplay format. That doesn’t mean it’s not a whole lot of fun though. The theme and graphics are cool and the big payouts are large enough to be worth chasing down. Happy safe-cracking!