Wheel of Fortune Megaways™ Review

Name:  Wheel of Fortune Megaways™

Developer:  Big Time Gaming

Paylines:  Up To 1,000,000

Reels:  6

Rows:  Up To 10

RTP:  96.46%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  80,150x

Jackpot:  No

Release Date:  February 2021

Features:  Wild Megastacks, Free Spins, Expander Reels, Megaways™

About This Slot

If you’ve ever ditched the online gambling experience for the real life glitz and glamour of Vegas then before you even hit the casino floors you will have been greeted in the arrival halls of the airport by the clang and clamour of 100s of video slots emblazoned with the famous Wheel of Fortune logo such is it’s ubiquity there. It’s a brand that is a true titan of the slots world, and it was no surprise when back in the 00s it became one of the first games to make it big in the online environment, transitioned there with skill by owners IGT.

Fast forward a few decades later and things have moved on considerably. We are in a new golden age of sophisticated slots themes and features, heralded by Big Time Gaming and their famous Megaways™ set-up. So, it’s exciting for us to review this slot that is a mighty mash up of old and new with the kings of online getting to grips with the ultimate old skool iconic brand.

Surely, this one has to be a winner?

And indeed it is – BTG are playing fairly safe with a pretty traditional Megaways™ format, though the add-on of Wild Megastacks and a White Rabbit-style super-sized reel expansion in the bonus round will get the high risk fanatics super-pumped.

The action all takes place on a neon pink and purple background with a bold soundtrack to your spins. There is nothing subtle about the game and it revels in an atmosphere that is brash and colourful. It’s a great replica of the classic gameshow and even has an American voiceover encouraging players to ‘give that wheel a spin’!

So, let’s give it a go.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

In terms of maths, Wheel of Fortune Megaways™ is a classic BTG slot – the RTP is an inviting 96.46%, well within the average for online slots. The variance, as we know is set to sky high which means a very uneven distribution of wins and much of the action held back for epic experiences unleashed in the bonus round. The 20p minimum bet combined with that high volatility mean that you’ll need a decent bank roll to have a proper crack at this one – if you are looking for casual slots play with some regular payouts then go elsewhere.

The stand-out number here is the top payout potential – a whopping 80,150x – putting it in the top bracket of jackpots for 2021. You’ll need to trigger some good Megastacks and get lucky with the expanding reels and free spins to get anywhere close!

Symbols and Graphics

The symbols in Wheel of Fortune Megaways™ include icons of wealth, such as sports cars, speed boats, private jets, diamond rings. These are all depicted as gold images against a colourful background of green, blue, red and purple. You’ll also find high cards to award the lower payouts, along with a Wild symbol and a Wheel of Fortune logo to trigger the Free Spins bonus feature.

The opulent symbols can award from 0.9x stake to 25x stake for 6 of a kind. The Wilds can appear on reels 2,3,4,5 and 6 to substitute for all the other symbols and create more potential wins.

What We Like

  Colourful Wheel of Fortune show theme
  Awesome 80,150x top payout
  Up to 1,000,000 paylines
  Wild Megastacks 10 high!!
  Free spins re-triggers

What We Don't Like

  Too brash for some
  Too risky for some!

Gameplay and Features

An array of expanding reels, Megastacks and Free Spins enhance the gameplay. But how do they trigger the big wins? These are the big events on the reels to look out for when you start spinning.

  • The basics of Megaways™ can help pump up the win potential at ANY time – six reels, each displaying from two to seven rows per spin, give you up to 117,649 active paylines to complete. Why? Because identical symbols on adjacent reels regardless of their position are enough to trigger wins.
  • Into the mix come MEGASTACKS – wilds that land on the reels can expand to up to 7 rows high. This way it’s possible in the base game to fill three reels entirely with wilds.
  • 3, 4, 5 or 6 Wheel of Fortune logo scatters landing simultaneously will get you 12, 14, 16 or 18 free spins respectively.
  • But now, to add jeopardy to proceedings, the number of Megaways™ in play as the round begins is determined by the spin of a wheel. You may start with anywhere from 14,000 to 117,649 in play.
  • And wait, there is more – the number of paylines can be further boosted by the EXPANSION FEATURE – when the special Expanding Symbol lands during free spins it is replaced by two symbols sitting side by side. What does that mean? You can actually play with TEN symbols on ONE reel. When any reel reaches TEN high, then the Wheel Spin is triggered again and a further round of free spins is nominated – up to 12 again.
  • So how many paylines does that make? Incredibly, if ALL SIX reels are 10 ROWS high, that gives you 1 MILLION MEGAWAYS™!!

Get the idea?

Anyone who has played Big Time Gaming’s other early Megaways™ release, White Rabbit, will be familiar with the Expansion feature as something similar happens there. It’s a thrilling way to progressively build win upon win and extend your free spins round with cumulatively better and better paylines and win opportunities.

Our Verdict

Wheel of Fortune Megaways is a classic flashy gameshow slot with bold features and amazing winning potential. It’s pretty much what you would expect from a Megaways™ vs Wheel of Fortune event. BTG do not disappoint!

Of course, as a high variance game what we look for when we review is whether it can deliver those classic big win sequences that all high-risk players are looking for. And it can … in big numbers! The trick here is to have the patience to unlock the free spins round and then hope you can bend the Expander Feature to your will and your advantage. Once you have 1,000,000 paylines in play there are of course lots of chances to win big, particularly if you have two reels of Wild Megastacks in play.

Are there any drawbacks to this slot? Well, if we were being picky we’d say that without multipliers or win cascades, Wheel of Fortune Megaways™ doesn’t quite feel like a true Megaways™ slot. But that is being picky – they can’t all be the same and the Wheel feature that determines your reel set up is a great way to kick off free spins and the high potential more than makes up for any gripes we had about the features.

So, in summary, if you love the flashy gameshow style and are happy to splash out on some highly volatile spins, then this is a great slot for you to spend your time and money on. Just beware of the super high-risk levels!

Good luck and have fun.