ALL ABOUT GENIE JACKPOTS MEGAWAYS™ SLOT
One of the most significant and exciting announcements for slots fans in 2018 came when Blueprint signed a licensing deal to take the Megaways™ game engine. Big Time Gaming were ready to let go of exclusivity of their own unique and thrilling game engine and let their rivals have a piece of the action (no doubt for a very hefty price!).
And slots like this are what we have been waiting for ever since. Genie Jackpots is a classic for progressive fans, offering massive prizes for the lucky few through an enticing game set up with slick animations and gameplay. Now Megaways™ gives it the steroid treatment and we have something akin to White Rabbit, Bonanza and Danger! High Voltage all rolled into one.
So we get expanding reels (not on the Bonanza level, but up to 6×5), four random base game features granted when the Genie emerges from his lamp, and a free spins round with multiplier wilds, increasing multipliers, locking wilds and a ton of extra spins available.
Genie Jackpots Megaways™ Game Set Up
The Genie Jackpots version of Megaways™ does not have quite the same expansive reel set as Bonanza, though it is still bigger than a normal slot – here we have 6 reels, each between 2 and 5 rows deep. Winning lines are created by between 2 and 6 identical symbols appearing adjacent to one another on reels from left to right, regardless of the row position. At 6 reels each with 5 rows this creates 15,625 ways to win.
The RTP here is 95.75% and the variance is most definitely high, whilst winnings from one individual spin are capped at 10,000x which would be a stunning payout by anyone’s reckoning.
Genie Jackpots Megaways™ Game Symbols
There are six basic low value symbols in the game, which are the card values 9 through to Ace. There are also 4 premium symbols which are crossed swords, a turban, a chest of gold and a Genie Jackpots logo. The latter is the highest paying at 25x for six on a payline.
There are also bonus (scatter) symbols required to trigger the free spins round, wilds appearing on reels 2 to 6 that substitute for any other symbol on the reels bar the bonus, and mystery symbols that can reveal any other symbol from the game.
Genie Jackpots Megaways™ Features
Genie Jackpots is packed with features, including many free spins, multipliers, re-spins and wild variations. Here’s how they work:
During the base game the Genie may appear at any time to grant you a wish. Players must pick from the following options:
Wild Megaways™ – Extra wilds are added to the reels which expand to full Megaways™ – 6 reels, all with 5 rows.
Bonus Megaways™ – Extra bonus symbols added to the reels in Megaways™ mode to give more chance of triggering the free spins round.
Genie Wilds – Full stacks of Genie Wilds are added to the reels up to 5 high.
Genie Winspin –Score a GUARANTEED win when the Genie adds wilds and mystery symbols to the reels.
Genie Free Spins
Of course, like all Megaways™ games, Genie Jackpots is about the free spins round. To unlock this you’ll need to land bonus scatter symbols as follows:
3 get you 10 free spins.
4 gets you 12 free spins.
5 gets you 15 free spins.
6 gets you 20 free spins.
Once you are into the free spins round you enter the Cave of Wonders and choose between four different free spins rounds.
During the Mystery Wishes free spins round, mystery symbols are added to the reels which changes to reveal any other symbol to create a winning line.
During this free spins round a multiplier is applied to every spin. The multiplier value is revealed on a magic carpet at the start of the round and increases by 1x on each spin. During this round extra free spins can be gained by landing two or more lamp scatter symbols as follows:
2 lamps gives you 5 extra free spins
3 lamps gives you 10 extra free spins
4 lamps gives you 15 extra free spins
5 lamps gives you 20 extra free spins
6 lamps gives you 25 extra free spins
During this free spins round, any winning spin will set off the Genie Streak. Here, all winning symbols are held and a re-spin occurs to try to create a better win combination. If you manage to fill the whole screen with locked symbols then the Genie appears to award up to 3 extra spins.
During this free spins round, any Genie Wild landing on reels 2 to 5 will lock for the full round. Reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 are also locked at full 5 rows deep. If you manage to fill an entire reel with wilds you will be awarded with up to 3 extra spins – just like in Danger! High Voltage.
THE SLOT BUZZ VERDICT
Definitely a contender for 2018 slot of the year, Genie Jackpots Megaways™ is an exciting proposition. There is lots going on in the base game with no less than four random features available with decent win potential, and of course the free spins rounds bring together the best features from your favourite high variance slots. All this wrapped up in a great looking slot game with a classic theme. Just beware of those dreaded dry runs!