Iron Dog Studio’s Branded Megaways is an adaptable slot that runs on the widely used Megaways game engine. You might be wondering, “Branded with what?” The release, which is based on Pirate Kingdom Megaways, is meant to serve as a starting point so that casinos may, with Iron Dog Studio’s support, make the game their own. If it is branded for Rizk Casino, for instance, it will feature an early version of the Rizk Casino logo.
Because of its modifiable nature, the game will come in a wide variety of aesthetic styles. The default aesthetic, however, is not so simple to identify. Depending on your point of view, the padded leather wall that sits behind the reels is either the pinnacle of sophistication or the height of tacky. The accompanying tune was crafted to sound like the theme song to an old episode of Seinfeld or Night Court, and is a sort of funk 80s track full of slap bass. Once again, this is something you may adore or despise.
The mechanics are less of a learning curve. Iron Dog’s Branded Megaways uses a 6-reel layout with 2-7 symbols per reel. The precise amount of symbols changes on every spin, offering 64 to 117,649 possibilities to win when fully extended. When it comes to the mechanics and bolts of the game, figures are relatively solid. The return to player percentage is somewhat above average at 96.2%, and players can wager anywhere from 20 cents to $20 every spin. The volatility is considerable. The 27% hit frequency is also above average for Megaways machines.
When it comes to the game’s paytable symbols, things get very flashy. Diamonds are on top, followed by silver bars, gold bars, green jewels, red gems, and finally 10s and A royals that sparkle in the light. Only landing two diamonds in a win pays out, and that win is equal to 2 times the wager.
Two rhinestone-studded wilds appear on reels 2 through 6, providing players with extra winning combinations. The first is a regular wild symbol, which can be used in place of any other pay sign to complete a winning combination. The second wild does the same function and also provides a multiplier of x2. It is possible for a maximum of three wild multipliers (x8) to emerge at once.
Features of Name-Brand Superhighways
Players can benefit from wild multipliers, cascades, and free spins. The cascade mechanic removes winning symbols from the reels, so new ones can take their place. This means that there is a chance of a winning chain continuing from one spin to the next until no further winners appear. If 4 cascades happen in a row, the player receives 8 free games. Free spins are increased by 2 for every cascade of 5 or more, up to a maximum of 14 for a grand total of 22.
The win multiplier in the free spins bonus round begins at x1 and grows by +1 with each successive cascade. In addition, you’ll get an extra free spin and have the reels locked at 7 if 7 symbols appear on a reel during the feature. If four cascades happen in a row during a free spin, much like in the main game, you get two extra free spins. Two additional free games are added for every cascade of more than four.
The ability to purchase spins for free varies by jurisdiction. Six, eight, or ten free spins with either zero or one locked reels are available for a price that varies according on the selections and combos chosen. Six spins with no locked reels is the least expensive choice at 30x the stake, with 10 free spins and 1 locked reel costing 130x the stake. Remember that the return to player (RTP) decreases significantly no matter which method you use to acquire free spins.
Results for Branded Megahighways
Considering the success of branded Megaways slots, the concept of branded Megaways is novel and ingenious. The ability to tailor the experience to each individual casino is a boon for those establishments that would otherwise be unable to afford their own branded slot machine.
The gameplay may be simplistic, but that’s par for the course with slot machines of this type. The redeeming grace is the gameplay and potential; it’s hard to go fully wrong with the original Megaways layout, while it’s not that thrilling either for seasoned players. It’s understandable that a somewhat inexperienced firm like Iron Dog would try to play it safe and cash in on the success of Pirate Kingdom.
The end product is a game with a few nice generic touches and massive payouts of up to 40,000 times the initial wager. Branded Megaways was not as fun as the original, despite their similarities. The second-time-around melancholy and the lackluster physical appearance are also to blame. Branded Megaways no longer exudes the same kind of charisma it once did. For those who can’t get enough of Pirate Kingdom but are looking for a break from the constant ‘RRRRRR’, Branded Megaways may be the answer.