Majestic Gold Megaways Slot Review
Slot Provider: iSoftbet
RTP: 96.17% | Variance: High | Maximum Win: 50,000x
Our Score: 8.0
About Majestic Gold Megaways
Reviewed by: Editor, All Slot Sites
Published Date: 29th October 2021
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Game developer iSoftBet have made good use of their Megaways™ license from Big Time Gaming in the last 2 years with a series of slots that don’t re-invent the wheel but still manage to deliver an excellent slots experience thanks to their high level of production, tough but potentially rewarding maths models and well-executed themes. Majestic Megaways™ is a good example of that – it follows the tried and tested game format, with nice stylings and a 20,000x top win to cap it. Nothing revolutionary, but a nice slot nonetheless.
Now, with their Gold version of that game, iSoftBet have pushed things up a notch and done what we all want our game producers to do, becoming inventive and adding further tweaks and features to up the thrills and surprises along the way. The new stuff comes in the form of Transforming Symbols, in a Pink Elephants bonus round style (what’s not to love about that?) and a Free Spins and Multipliers gamble feature at the start of the free spins.
And of course, if you like your African-Savannah themed games – let’s face it there is no shortage, from Raging Rhino to King of Cats Megaways™ and Serenghetti Gold – then you’ll love this. The artwork is high quality, the soundtrack soothing and taking you to another world. So, for Megaways™ fans, this is looking like a premium release. Let’s dive in to find out more.
Majestic Gold Megaways Game Information
- RTP: 96.17%
- Variance: High
- Maximum Win: 50,000x
- Progressive Jackpot: No
- Reels: 6
- Rows: Up To 7
- Paylines: 117,649
- Minimum Stake: £0.20
- Theme: Safari
- Features: Cascading Wins, Mystery Symbols, Free Spins, Progressive Multipliers
Majestic Gold Megaways Review Scores
- Gameplay and Features 8
- Maximum Win 9
- Theme and Design 7
- Paytable 9
- RTP and Variance 8
Majestic Gold Megaways Pros and Cons
What We Liked
- Gamble features for bigger multipliers
- Superb production values
- High value top win
- Cascading wins and multipliers
- Cool upgrading symbols feature
What We Didn't like
- Super-hIgh varaince too risky for some
RTP and Variance
Our Score 8
What is RTP?RTP (Return to Player) refers to the amount a game will pay out in cash prizes expressed as a percentage of all the money wagered on that game. For example, a 96% RTP means a game will pay out £96 for every £100 wagered. This is an average number and will vary from one session to the next. Read more here.
What is Variance?Variance refers to how far a game will deviate from its RTP over time. High variance games deviate a lot and produce uneven win distributions and unexpected windfalls. Low variance games provide a more stable and even distribution of wins. Read more here.
The variance rating published by iSoft Bet for this one is set at 9/10 which is of course very high. Exactly what you would expect from a Megaways™ game and one to make the more cautious amongst you shy away of course. Basically, the win distribution here will be all over the place, so get ready for some tough sessions. However, if you get lucky with the gamble option on free spins and boost your multiplier up to the 10x range there is tons of potential. Meanwhile, the RTP of the game is a standard 96.17%, which can increase to 96.85% with the Majestic Bet option that we will explain in a moment.
Top win is 50,000x – a healthy but highly unlikely target to aim for – and minimum bets are 20p which is a good place to start if you plan to tackle this game.
Symbols and Paytable
Our Score 9
As previously explained, one of the attractions of this slot is the high-quality artwork. That’s not just the background but the top-notch symbols too, themed on African safari animals. These include a lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo. You could win from 2x stake up to 5x stake for the top-paying animal symbols, while the colourful high cards (9 through to Ace) award the lower payouts. Also, wild symbols appear in the 4-row horizontal top reel and these can substitute for all other symbols in the game to help boost your winning combinations.
Features and Gameplay
Our Score 8
Majestic Gold Megaways brings together the classic Megaways features with a couple of extras thrown in to augment the gameplay and boost your potential – the key to winning big as always is to hit that bonus round and aim for high value multipliers.
When you hit a winning combination of symbols, these will disappear to be replaced by new symbols – and more winning opportunities, giving you multiple chances to win from a single spin.
The Megaways features means you can enjoy up to 117,649 ways to win when activated. As ever, there are up to 7 rows available on each of the 6 reels. How many appear on each spin is a random decision.
Gold Bet is a special bet of 50% stake on top of your regular bet. This enables the Free Spins round to be activated by 3 Scatters instead of the usual 4.
The Majestic Bet feature allows you to buy your way into the Free Spins round directly for a cost of 75x base stake. Note, this will not be available to UK players.
Landing 4 or 5 Scatters will trigger the Free Spins round with 10 or 15 Free Spins awarded. Every cascade during Free Spins increases the Multiplier by 1x. If you use the Gold Bet, it means you only need 3 Scatters to trigger this round. Before the round begins, you can either gamble the number of Free Spins or the Multiplier – simply spin the wheel to land a green segment and increase the number of Free Spins to a max of 20 or increase the Multiplier by 1x to a max of 20x. Be careful though – landing a red segment ends the round.
During Free Spins, you can collect any high-paying golden lion symbols that appear on the reels. When you’ve collected 20 lions, the lowest-paying symbol on the screen transforms into a lion and you’ll also receive 3 Free Spins. This is a similar set-up to Thunderkick’s superb Pink Elephants game, and fans of the bonus round there will enjoy this format.
The Final Verdict
Our Score 8.0
Majestic Gold Megaways is an excellent and worthy sequel to the previous Majestic Megaways – iSfotBet haven’t just re-built the same game, they have genuinely improved upon the original and made it worth loading up and taking for a spin.
As ever, the Megaways feature means you can enjoy 117,649 ways to win, while the Gold Bet and Majestic Bet let you enter the Free Spins round faster to bring the biggest payouts within closer reach, which is always handy for those with less patience!
To achieve the top award of 50,000x stake, you’ll need the best Multipliers and they will only really come with a lucky gamble at the start of the free spins round – so aim for that if you can. Finally, we should just add that the artwork is really high quality here – the African plains imagery is evocative and will appeal to animal lovers and world travellers alike.
Overall, Majestic Gold Megaways is a solid offering and a good sequel – it’s well worth a spin if you’re comfortable with the high volatility.
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