The old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk has been integrated on many entertainment platforms. We’ve previously seen attempts by slot providers, most notable one from NetEnt, which we’re sure you all know well. The latest addition to the theme is the one from Iron Dog Studio called Megaways™ Jack.
This slot is using BTG’s Megaways engine in hopes of creating a groundbreaking experience and perhaps also to bring in extra attention to their studio. The abundance of paylines and a whopping 25,000x max payout definitely will turn some heads. Does this slot have what it takes to carry Megaways™ badge? We shall see.
Megaways Jack Review
Design and Gameplay
Megaways Jack presents a jolly display. It feels adventurous and ambitious on the first look. But the more we get into it, the more we see how outdated the visuals are. Everything is quite static and bland. Even more so, you can hear the part where background music starts to loop.
These might be insignificant points for some, but if you’re looking to make a slot for a major audience, then every aspect of the game should be well managed. Even though Megaways Jack doesn’t outshine the competition in the illustration department, it tries to make up for it in the fluidity of the game. It runs well without any technical glitches.
Symbols and Payouts
Megaways Jack is a bit more complicated than your regular reel spinner. There are a few features that we will take a look at later on. Regarding symbols, we have our five royals (10, J, Q, K, A) accompanied by four picture symbols. Besides these, we have a Wild that resembles the golden egg, a symbol that made Jack rich in the tale. Last but not least, we have Magic Beans. These bad boys are an essential part in your climb to Free Spins, they come in value of 1 to 3.
Payouts are where Megaways™ makes its big appearance. Paylines are stretching out to 117,649 and the max potential win is 25,000x. Now, as with all slots, you should take the max win with a grain of salt, as on regular basis you won't see such numbers all the time, but these kinds of wins are possible, that has been tested. To balance it out, bet range on Megaways Jack is kept modest, being 0.20 – 20EUR.
Megaways Jack Bonus Features
There are plenty of things to talk about under this section, so let’s start with the Tumble mechanism. When wins are scored, winning symbols of the said combination disappear and are replaced with new symbols that drop in the game. This isn’t a Megaways Jack unique feature, but it’s a great addition nonetheless. There is also an increased chance to land a Wild or Magical Beans while symbols are tumbling.
Before we get into a detailed description of Free Spins, we must take a look at how the big climb for them actually works. First of all, every win you score adds a golden leaf on the right side. This means that we have progressed by one step. Every continuous win adds another leaf. In total, you must get at least 8 leaves to trigger Megaways Jack Free Spins. If winning stops before that, then leaves reset to zero. Your winning combination also can go beyond 8, in that case, rewards increase as well.
• 8 positions award 8 Free Spins
• 9 positions award 9 Free Spins
• 10 positions award 10 Free Spins, 2x multiplier
• 11 positions award 11 Free Spins, 2x multiplier
• 12 positions award 12 Free Spins, 3x multiplier
• 13 positions award 12 Free Spins, 3x multiplier, bigger Harp chance
You might wonder now, what is a bigger Harp chance. Magic Harp is an additional feature that triggers randomly at any point in the game. It’s like a mystery box that rewards with many different prizes. For example, Harp can instantly move you 3 positions up the beanstalk, it can give a 5x multiplier on the winnings, it can award 4 additional Wilds on tumble, etc. Combining this with magical beans and regular wins, we have plenty of ways to get to the main bonus game.
Rules of the Megaways Jack Free Spins are the following – reels with 7 symbols are locked in with that number of symbols until the end of the feature. Every lock award +1x multiplier. On the last Free Spins every locked reel awards and extra Free Spin, that has a chance to re-trigger. Every tumble awards an extra multiplier. Four consecutive wins award +2 Free Spins. Any next win, after four in a row, adds an extra 1 Free Spin. Magic Harp has an increased chance to appear and it rewards new prizes.
We tried to shortly sum up all the aspects of Megaways Jack Free Spins, but as you can see, there are many details that you need to take into consideration and at first, this bonus feature might seem overwhelming.
Megaways Jack Conclusion
When it comes to the overall rating, Megaways Jack is slightly above the average slot. Magic Harp together with Free Spins create an interesting experience and there is a big chance for huge wins to happen. On paper, it almost feels perfect, but it is a fairy tale after all, so in reality, it doesn’t perform up to that standard. But don’t feel discouraged to give it a shot, because, for all that we know, you could be that lucky one.
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