Branded Megaways™ is a concept that was developed by gaming provider Iron Dog Studio in 2020, which allows its casino partners to brand a Megaways™ slot in their own unique style. This can include imagery from their casino such as logos, mascots or symbols. Through having this opportunity, it has enabled online casinos to have their very own specific and exclusive Megaways™ Slot.
Typically a Branded Megaways™ title will come with a 6 reel set up, where rows of symbols 2 - 7 in height will appear on them. This factored in with the Megaways™ mechanic, allows the slot to produce between 64 - 117,649 paylines on any spin. In-game features also play a huge part in how these slots operate, and our guide to these games will explain how the bonuses and modifiers work in more detail, as well as listing all current Megaways™ Branded Slots that are available to play on the market.
Whilst being extremely popular within Megaways™ titles themselves, a Branded Megaways™ game will always feature the cascading reel mechanic. This not only helps you to create additional chances to win from your initial spin of the reels, it is also the main contributor to triggering the free spin bonus on any Branded title.
Regardless of which casino that you are playing at, you will see that there are 4 stars positioned to the right hand side of the reels. Each of these stars represents a successful reel cascade ( win reaction ) and lighting 4 of these in a row will start the bonus round and award you with 8 free spins. Every win reaction that you achieve after the initial 4, will add an extra 2 free spins on to you starting total.
A winning formula that Iron Dog Studio struck with Pirates Kingdom, was the locking reel that can be activated during the free spin bonus round. This has been carried over to all Branded Megaways™ games, and presents players with the one of the best opportunities to hit a substantial win, if enough of them can be locked in. So how do you get them to lock in place you may ask?
Well, you'll need a reel to land with the maximum amount of symbols possible on it. This is of course 7 as well talked about earlier in the layout and format of the slot. When this occurs, then the reel will be highlighted, your win multiplier will increase by a further x1, and all remaining spins in the bonus round will see reels that are highlighted and locked, land with a guaranteed 7 symbols on them.
It goes without saying that the more reels that you can lock in, the higher the amount of Megaways™ you will be playing with on each spin. This in turn has a positive knock on effect, as the more wins that you can create, the higher your win multiplier will increase. You'll also be in with a chance of a re-trigger too. Completing 4 consecutive reel cascades during the bonus round will award 2 extra spins, with each cascade thereafter adding one additional spin.
An unlimited win multiplier comes into play during the free spin bonus round on any Branded Megaways™ Slot. There are two ways in which you can increase the value of this multiplier to give yourself a better chance of hitting some big wins. The first and most common way to build up the value is through creating successful win reactions, with each one that you achieve adding an extra x1 to your multiplier. The second way, is through a reel locking in when all 7 positions are filled with symbols, as we mentioned in the previous section of this guide.
If you are playing a Branded Megaways™ Slot from a region that still allows bonus buys, then you'll be able to gain instant access to the free spin feature on any branded title that you play. There are various levels of entry that you purchase as we have highlighted for you below.