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No, that rumbling sound you are hearing is not an earthquake - it is a buffalo stampede coming your way, led by Buffalo Blitz Megaways™, the new video slot from the industry giant Playtech. Believe it or not, this is Playtech’s first-ever Megaways™ slot, and it’s not for nothing they chose the Buffalo Blitz series to debut the popular mechanic.
After Buffalo Blitz and Buffalo Blitz II and their tremendous success, a new, Megaways™ version perfectly complements the original titles, rounding up the story of the majestic buffalo and its wild adventure. Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ runs on a 6-reel board, offering up to 117,649 paylines, or, shall we say, ways to win. After all, they are not typical paylines. While playing the game, punters can select from three different Free Spins modes, enjoy Stacked Wilds and hope to hit a progressive jackpot.
How about we head out on wildlife viewing together? Keep reading our slot review to find out all about Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ and its benefits.
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Many buffalo-themed online slots gravitate towards showcasing the American buffalo – the bison – and Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ is no different. The game has the American bison as its protagonist, normally found living in the Great Plains. The prairie is also populated by other interesting animals such as moose, bears, racoons and pumas. They appear on the reels, too, as symbols for higher payouts.
In the backdrop, you can see a lovely, color-bursting image of the grasslands during sunset. The highlights are almost electric which suits the name of the slot perfectly and the animations contribute to this, as well. When multiple buffalo symbols line up and the animation comes to life, they really look like they are galloping in a stampede. Standard royal symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K, and Ace will pay smaller amounts, so you should mostly focus on collecting animal icons. The buffalo is the highest-paying symbol, awarding 6x the stake for a matching combination of 6.
The diamond is the substitute symbol, the Wild. A Free Games symbol acts as a feature trigger and cannot be replaced by the diamond Wild. Wilds do not land on the first reel. The soundtrack is intense and dramatic throughout, creating an engaging atmosphere whether you choose to play on mobile or on desktop. One way or the other, each spin can take you closer to the 20,000x the stake max win.
The mighty buffalo was not inspiring for Playtech exclusively, many different providers have already released their takes on the theme. Some prime examples are Big Buffalo Megaways™ by Skywind, Buffalo King Megaways™ by Pragmatic Play, Buffalo Power Megaways™ by Playson and Buffalo Rising Megaways™ from Blueprint Gaming.
In terms of volatility, Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ lands on the high side of the spectrum. Apart from being a high-variance game, the Playtech release offers a higher-than-average RTP at 96.29%. That is a good return rate, but it is not quite clear if the available jackpots affect the RTP in any way. Since 0.99% of the bets placed goes to the progressive pots, it is expected that the actual return is somewhat lower than the official return percentage.
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Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ has a nice control panel on the side of the reels, which are dark blue and host well-designed symbols. There are 6 reels in the game which can have from 2 to 7 symbols, therefore enabling from 324 to 117,649 ways to win. Such a configuration is often referred to as dynamic reels because the number of symbol positions on individual reels is determined before each spin randomly. You can also notice that the top row acts as an additional, expanding part of the standard reel grid.
The good thing about Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ is that it has a wide betting range. You can place wagers as low as €0.10, which should appeal more to casual players. Those who prefer to play at higher stakes can go as high as €200 per spin. There are no cascades in this game, and you need to line up at least three matching symbols to earn a payout (two with animal symbols).
Playtech made sure that there are various special features that will make Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ even more appealing than the theme and the Megaways™ mechanic alone. A Free Spins round with Multiplier Wilds has been a constant across the Buffalo Blitz franchise. To trigger it here, you need to land 4, 5, or 6 Scatters anywhere in view during the base game. This will open a selection screen, where you will be prompted to pick one of the options of Free Games:
It is possible to add more free spins to the initial count if three or more Scatters appear during free spins.
The other highlight of the game is the Jackpot Blitz bonus game which is a random ordeal. At any point, this bonus can happen, awarding one of the four available progressive jackpots. The bonus game itself is a matching game played across a 5x4 setup. The player picks diamonds to reveal jackpot symbols and match three of the same symbols to receive a Mini, Minor, Major or Blitz Jackpot. These rewards seed at €50, €500, €5,000 and €100,000, respectively.
The launching of Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ did not surprise us, seeing the original games being as popular as they are. As a standalone release, Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ has a calm base game, without dominant interruptions, modifiers and features, which might be the only thing that does not work in its favor - other than the familiar theme and graphics. The rest of it - free spins, multipliers and jackpots - it’s all magnificent. Megaways™ slots with progressive jackpots are not easy to find, so Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ comes as a rare gem. From Playtech, no less.
How can I win a progressive jackpot on the Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ slot?
The bonus feature that awards one of the jackpots is random. When it triggers, you need to match three jackpot symbols to win a corresponding jackpot.
Does Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ have free spins?
Yes, there is a free spins mode where the player gets to choose which combination of free spins and multipliers they want to play.
How many ways to win are there in Buffalo Blitz Megaways™?
Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ has from 324 to 117,649 ways to win.
What is the value of the Blitz Jackpot?
Buffalo Blitz Megaways™ Blitz Jackpot begins at €100,000, and you can see the current value of it above the reels. The value increases with each bet.
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