Rock the Reels Megaways™ Review

Rock the Reels Megaways is a high variance rock n roll slot from Iron Dog Studios and using the famous Expanding Reels engine under license from Big Time Gaming. The game features musical symbols and animal band members, plus 4 special modifiers to drive up wins. The main features are Cascading Reels, Wilds, Multipliers and Free Spins and the game has a top payout of 25,000x stake.

OUR RATING:

Score
8.0

Name:  Rock the Reels Megaways™

Developer:  Iron Dog Studios

Paylines:  117, 649

Reels:  6

Rows:  4

RTP:  96.2%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  25,000x

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About This Slot

The synergy between great rock n roll and gambling is one that has been highlighted countless times on both sides – from classic songs like Motorhead’s Ace of Spades and The Card Cheat by The Clash to high-octane video slots like NetEnt’s own Guns n Roses and Big Time Gaming’s Danger! High Voltage and The Final Countdown. There is no shortage of gambling-rock cross overs!

And now Iron Dog, whose profile has been raised in recent years thanks to their licensing deal with BTG to release Megaways™ games, have produced their own rock-slot, Rock The Reels Megaways™! It’s a pretty standard Megaways™ effort, but with some extra modifiers thrown in for good measure.

These games are all about creating atmosphere with big soundtracks and stunning visuals to try to re-create the feeling of a live gig. And Iron Dog have certainly tried their best to achieve that – the action takes place at a buzzing rock concert with quirky animal rockers, pink and purple spotlights, crowd noise and guitar riffs blaring out. Meanwhile, each spin produces a cascade of symbols and – in true Megaways style – up to 117,649 ways to win every time.

There are 6 reels in the main grid with a separate horizontal reel sitting above. Each reel can hold up to 7 symbols, while there are also 4 symbols on the horizontal reel. It’s a fun set up with lots of bonus features and the animal rock band adds an interesting twist.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Rock the Reels Megaways has an RTP of 96.2% and a 10p minimum bet, while the high volatility means this slot is most suited to players who enjoy a large element of risk. It’s potentially rewarding with a top payout of 25,000x stake, but you do risk long lean spells and it’s better to take a decent payroll into this one. If you are looking for something more casual to play with a more even payout distribution then we recommend more recent low variance games like Yggdrasil’s Gigarise Atlantis.

In any case, the low minimum bet keeps this one playable and the Megaways feature offers plenty of ways to win.

Symbols and Graphics

The regular symbols in Rock the Reels Megaways include the high cards from 10 to Ace, a plectrum, tambourine, mixing deck, and band members. The best-paying regular symbols are the green-faced musician and the cougar, which can pay 6x and 15x stake respectively for 6 of a kind. The plectrum and tambourine pay up to 2x stake and the mixing deck up to 2.5x stake respectively.

In addition to these symbols, you’ll also find a spotlight Wild, a microphone Multiplier Wild and a guitar Scatter. The horizontal reel has 4 special symbols of its own, which are 4 more band members: Warthog, Octopus, Flamingo and Lion. These animal musicians can help to transform symbols into higher paying symbols to boost your payouts.

What We Like

  Fun theme and soundtrack
  Free Spins with Transforming Symbols
  117, 649 win ways on full reels
  25,000x stake jackpot
  Multiplier Wilds

What We Don't Like

  Complicated rules

Gameplay and Features

Cascading Wins

Anyone who is a regular Megaways slot player will know all about Cascading Wins – here, any winning icons are removed from the reels after a winning spin to be replaced with new ones. If more wins are created, then the process repeats, and so on until no more wins are triggered.

Wilds and Multiplier Wilds

The spotlight Wild appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 to substitute for the other symbols. The microphone Multiplier Wild appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 when triggered by the Lion and this can award a 2x Multiplier in addition to substituting for the other symbols.

Free Spins

Landing 3 or more guitar Scatters will trigger the Free Spins round. You get 8, 10, 15 or 25 Free Spins for landing 3, 4, 5 or 6 Scatters respectively.

Transforming Symbols

Band members can appear on the horizontal reel to transform symbols during the base game and Free Spins round. Each band member can launch a different feature:

  • Warthog can transform 2 to 4 symbols on reels 1 to 4 into Wilds.
  • Octopus can transform 2 to 4 symbols on reels 1 to 4 into a random symbol from reel 1.
  • Flamingo can transform 3 to 4 symbols on reels 1 to 3 into the high-paying cougar symbol.
  • Lion can transform 2 symbols on reels 2 and 3 into Multiplier Wilds. This also adds a 2x Multiplier during the base game and a Progressive Multiplier during Free Spins.

Our Verdict

Rock the Reels Megaways is an imaginative slot with an animal rock band and classic Megaways feature, offering up to 117, 649 ways to win. There’s a lot going on here and the rules can appear overly complicated, although it all falls into place once it gets going. The gameplay relies on the Megaways feature, Free Spins and Multipliers and although the music and quirky characters add some oompf, the action doesn’t feel all that innovative. As with all Megaways slots though, it gives a good gaming session and the 25,000x stake top payout is tempting. You need to hit plenty of Multipliers to be in with a chance of hitting the biggest rewards and with this level of volatility, you’ll need a decent bankroll to keep rockin’ when the chips are down. But if you love Megaways slots, rock music and complex features, crank up the volume and enjoy.




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