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It's another revamp for Christmas and this time it's Inspired Gaming brining us Santa King Megaways™. This game is an adaptation of the much loved Reel King Megaways™ that was released in the summer of 2020, and had amazing success with players who were long familiar with this popular franchise
Although this latest version is likely to be the same as the summer release, but with a Christmas element of course added to it, the fun for potential reels dinging, cascading wins, feature gambles and a free spin bonus, could make this a hit anytime of the year. Let's discover more about what the game in our slot review and see if this one is going to be a Christmas cracker.
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The theme of the game is in keeping with the original that we saw many years ago, and if you've played on Reel King Megaways™, then Santa King Megaways™ is pretty much the same slot, but the reels and symbols are covered in Christmas related items such as baubles, snow and tinsel. We particularly liked that the scrolling reel had been turned into a sleigh, to add that extra little touch of Santa to the game.
Upon the iced up reels, we can find low paying symbols that appear in the form of the cherry, plum, melon, 9, 10 and jack. The more valuable or premium symbols on Santa King Megaways™ are represented by the queen, king, ace and sack of presents where the top symbol can pay 50x for a 6 of kind win.
With the title of the game including Megaways™, it of course means the reel modifying mechanic is in full swing and generating 1000s of paylines on every spin that takes place. Santa King Megaways™ has a format of 6 reels and up to 7 rows, so anything between 324 and 117,649 winning ways can roll in on any spin.
When it comes to percentage payout, Santa King Megaways™ has an RTP of 95.56%, which is quite a bit below the average of what we would hope to see from a Megaways™ slot. As a general rule of thumb, Megaways™ games tend to average at around 96.20% for RTP.
With regard to variance, the slot comes in straight down the middle and is classed as a medium volatility game. So you can expect to receive plenty of small and medium sized wins, whilst also being in with a shout of hitting a big win or two as well.
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The Game layout on Santa King Megaways™ is very easy to work your way around on both desktop and mobile devices, with rules, turbo play, game history and sound options all easily accessible. All you need to do to get the game under way is to select your stake and hit spin, with betting options ranging from €0.20 - €20.00 a spin.
Santa King Megaways™ is a slot that incorporates cascading reels into its gameplay, and this feature is an important part in triggering the free spin bonus on the game, which we will come to shorty. This feature also provides players with additional chances to hit winning combinations of symbols after the initial spin of the reels, but how does it do that you might well ask?
The cascading reels feature kicks in when you first make a winning connection of symbols across the reels. Upon creating the win, those symbols involved in that combo are removed from the reels and new symbols then drop down from above to fill the spaces. This is a series that will continue until you can no loner make a new winning connection.
So there are a few parts to cover about the bonus round triggering on Santa King Megaways™. To the left of the game you will see the feature meter that displays Reel King, Super King and Mega King. Each successful win reaction and cascade that you make on the reels will move you one position up this meter, but you can also get a helping hand and head start. When the reels initially spin they can " Ding " and turn gold from left to right, with anywhere between 1 - 6 reels being able to do this. For every " Ding " you receive, it will move you one position higher up the meter.
The stage that you enter the bonus round at, is determined by the position on the meter that you trigger the feature. The easiest way to explain this to you is through a screenshot, that we have added below.
Upon entering the feature, your Reel Kings will appear and begin to spin their own individual sets of reels. These contain presents that hold a monetary value, but more importantly all 3 reels can turn gold which will move you one position further on the free spin trail. This part of the bonus will end when all of the Reel Kings have failed to make a win, with your position on the trial being carried over to the next stage of the feature.
The gamble option awaits you next. If you have a free spin amount, then you can risk it on the pie gamble and try to get more. If you have a monetary amount, you can try to gamble your way further up the trail to get to a free spin amount. At any stage during the gamble feature, you can collect your cash or free spin total.
Collecting free spins will see you begin the free spin feature with a win multiplier in place that has a value of x1. Every successful reel cascade that you hit will see that multiplier increase in value by a further x1. But the bonus doesn't end there. Again to the left of the reels you will notice there is a meter, and through hitting 6 cascades you will get the chance to be awarded both additional spins, as well as more value on your multiplier. Players she be aware that in the free spin feature, the cascading meter doesn't reset at the end of each spin like it does in the base game.
When it gets to the festive period, we are often greeted with a number of christmassy slots that are either new, or have received a yuletide makeover. Santa King Megaways™ falls into the makeover bracket, and although this game in general holds legendary status for standing the test of time, there really isn't anything different to this version of it when you compare it to Reel King Megaways™ that was released in the summer. So if you're a fan of the franchise or love a Christmas themed slot then give it a go, but in reality you will be better off with the summer version of the game which is running on a higher RTP of 96.23%.
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