ALL ABOUT RICK AND MORTY MEGAWAYS™ SLOT
Of all the licensees of Big Time Gaming’s now ubiquitous expanding reels game engine, Blueprint have led the way in the last two years. Their output has been prolific, if not always of the highest quality. But whilst many of their Megaways™ titles have simply followed the Bonanza model to the letter occasionally along comes a game that offers something a little bit different, and Rick and Morty might just be one of those.
The theme is an excellent one for a start – this quirky show that first aired on the Cartoon Network in 2013 follows the exploits of zany, alcoholic scientist, Rick Sanchez, and his grandson Morty as they adventure into different universes and parallel dimensions with harrowing results in each episode. It’s bonkers stuff that lends itself perfectly to a slot game, and Blueprint, using all their experience, have done a great job with it.
This slot features all the essential ingredients of a Megaways™ title and adds a few little extras on top – in this case a choice of four free spins options, mixing wilds and progressive multipliers to increase the win opportunities on the reels.
Set Up, Symbols and Paytable
The reel set is as you would expect for a Megaways™ game – there are six reels, each expanding up to a maxiumum of 7 symbols high to create up to 117,649 paylines. Remember, in Megaways™ you just need to land three or more identical symbols ANYWHERE on adjacent reels to score a win.
The low value symbols in the game are the cards, 9 through to Ace, whilst the high value ones are recognizable from the show – the green rock, two shards and the characters or Rick and Morty. The scientist pays out 50x for six on a payline, as well as a small payout for just two on a line.
Look out as well for wilds and bonus scatters that are important to drive wins and trigger the free spins round respectively.
Key Game Features
Of course, no real Megaways™ titles would be complete without cascading wins. That means, for each winning spin the winning symbols are removed from the reels and replaced with new ones. If more winlines are created, so the process is repeated until no more wins appear. This is true for both the base game and the bonus rounds.
Another Megaways™ mainstay, Mystery Symbols land at random and simultaneously all change into the same real symbol, increasing your win chances.
The main event of the game is the free spins round, triggered by landing four or more bonus scatters. When this happens there are four options to choose from, each with it’s own unique features:
- Pickle Rick Free Spins – Comes with the progressive multipliers most players will recognize from games like Bonanza. The multiplier increases by 1x after each win cascade.
- Federation Wild Spins – Watch the additional bonus reel at the top of the main set. When one of the positions is highlighted, then look for matching symbols in the reel below. If symbols in the reel match the one highlighted in the bonus reel, those on the main set turn WILD, to create more win chances.
- Vindicator Free Spins –Some symbols have instant cash prizes associated with them. When a special symbol lands simultaneously, all the prize values are collected and paid out.
- Mystery Free Spins –Spin the wheel at the start of the round to see how many free spins you get and which of the bonus rounds you play on.
NOTE: It is also possible to score extra free spins by landing more scatters during your bonus round.
THE SLOT BUZZ VERDICT
Rick and Morty has all the ingredients of a great Megaways™ slot and one that we expect will have some longevity. Like another of their branded TV / movie games, the brilliant Ted, Blueprint have meshed the look and feel of the cartoon with the game’s backdrop and features well to make it really entertaining. With a top payout of 50,000x and a 96.55% RTP it also has a promising game engine – but still, the variance will be too high for casual gamers, and even high risk fanatics will have to tread carefully.