“It’s a-spicy meat-a-ball!” Like it or not, you’re going to get well acquainted with the phrase while playing this game. We’re honestly quite puzzled by Big Time Gaming’s choice of theme for this one. That’s not to say we don’t like it though! The inventors of the Megaways™ mechanic are allowed a fun experimental theme for sure – one that comes wrapped in a great package with a 55,210x win ribbon on top!
Graphics & Sounds: 90%
Bonus Features: 80%
Overall score: 90%
Despite the interesting choice of theme, we’d say this area is one of the strong suits for the game. The gameplay itself, though, does not vary too much from what we’re all used to with a lot of the list of Megaways™ slots. That means you’ll feel right at home, even if you’re not a thoroughbred Italian!
Complete with swinging doors and a rack of cast-iron pans to each side, an Italian restaurant’s industrial kitchen serves as the background for the game’s reels – you’ll find the main ones front and centre. As per Megaways™ tradition there are 6 reels in total, each showing up to 7 symbols. This means up to 117,649 ways to win!
These are designed as if placed on the front of a stove. In fact, on top of the reels, you’ll find 4 burners, each with a steaming cooking pot on top. These’ll come into play later when we cover the features section. We just wanted to acknowledge that this is a clever bit of design work.
Next, let’s cover the sound design. This is where things get – dare we say it – spicy! A wonderful cover version of Tarantella Napoletana plays as you spin your reels, adding an extra layer of fun. Think “quintessential Italian pizza song” and you’ll probably have the right track in mind. You’ll also hear Funiculi Funicula playing in the background when you’re not spinning.
That’s exactly what’s a bit funny about it all, though – while meatballs are quite traditionally Italian, you’ll probably associate pizza more closely with the whole theme. Apart from that, we did find it a bit annoying that different sections of the track are played randomly with each spin. Since most are familiar with the way the song progresses, this could come off a bit jarring.
We’re being nit-picky here, of course. The whole design of the game adds to the fun the developers were clearly having with this whole theme. As you might expect from a veteran developer like Big Time Gaming, the graphics are polished, smooth, and free from any stutters. If this game were a traditional Italian plate of spaghetti, you could be sure BTG would’ve cooked it perfectly al dente!
The lower-paying tier of symbols is quite unimaginative. You’ll find a set of 9 to Ace symbols modelled after the real life card deck. For the higher-paying symbols, you’ll find icons that more closely match the theme.
These are the eggplant, tomato, blue chilli, and green bell pepper. The highest paying symbol is the purple eggplant, which pays out 10x for six of a kind!
Apart from these main symbols, you’ll also find the Wild Hat and Wild Meatball Symbols. The Wild Hat can appear on reels 2 to 5 and will substitute for any main symbol. The Wild Meatball has a similar function but with an added trick, which we’ll cover below!
So, what’s this Megaways™ recipe’s special sauce? The secret ingredient? Well, according to BTG’s page on the game, it’s a blend of Mt. Cashmore Beef prepared through an old Sicilian recipe. Oh, you meant what features the game has? Sure, we’ll cover those now!
You might not know this feature by this name, but you’ve definitely come across it if you’ve played any Megaways™ titles before. It’s also known as Cascading Reels or Rolling Reels, among other names.
The concept is easy enough to understand. Reactions will occur when you land a winning combination. The symbols making up the combination will burst and be removed from the reels, allowing new symbols to fall from above. This means you’ll have the chance to make brand-new winning combinations with every winning spin!
Apart from the Wild Hat symbol substituting for main symbols, there’s also another wild on these reels. The Wild Meatball feature is practically this game’s namesake. Remember those 4 pots on the stovetop above the reels we mentioned earlier? Well, at any point while you’re playing, one or more of those pots could boil over, releasing a Wild Meatball!
The meatball will land somewhere on the reel below, and apart from substituting for symbols just like the Hat Wild, it’ll add a multiplier to any wins for that spin! The multiplier depends on the number shown below the pot when it boils over.
With every reaction the meatball will fall down a couple of rows, increasing its multiplier! This’ll keep occurring until reactions end or the meatball falls from the reels.
This Italian fine dining experience has room for a bonus Free Spins section too! We’re quite impressed by the innovative way to access it too. Instead of the usual Scatter symbols you’ll find on most other slots, accessing Free Spins is done through Reactions on Spicy Meatballs Megaways™.
You’ll see a metre on either side of the reels on the main game with 5 bars. Each of these represents a reaction. This means that Free Spins can be accessed after you land 5 Reactions. For 5 reactions you’ll get 8 Free Spins. An extra Free Spin will be added for every reaction beyond the 5th!
So, what about those juicy specifications? Some of us like to read about a game through its numbers rather than its features.
RTP for this game stands at an above average 96.57%. It’s generally accepted that anything above 96% would fall within this category. While not earth-shatteringly high, it is a tasty figure that goes well alongside such a scrumptious game!
Just like its delicious meatballs, this game’s win potential is quite mouth-watering. The Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ Max Win is 55,210×! We think that’s pretty appetising.
This metric can be a little hard to quantify with some slots. Judging from the payout table, though, we’d say the Volatility of Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ is medium-high. This means that while you might encounter some dry spells, any wins should be quite significant. Of course, this doesn’t mean you won’t land any small wins either – that’s just the nature of slots in general.
Things are pretty standard fare here. You’ll find the Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ minimum bet set at 0.10 coins, while the maximum bet is 20 coins. This is a decent range that should satisfy most punters. Only ultra-high rollers should look elsewhere.
These meatballs are served fresh, whichever device you’re playing on. Whether you’re on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop, Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ will work just perfectly. Those meatball pots will boil over regardless of whether you’re in iOS or Android too. The geniuses behind Big Time Gaming have thought of everything!
Figuring out how to play this game is no more difficult than eating a delicious plate of spaghetti and spicy meatballs. That’s so say, it’s really simple and easy to grasp!
On the top right you’ll find an information button which will take you to the game details. The rest of the controls are clustered on the right-hand side. At the top is a stake selector with two buttons for raising and lowering your bet.
Below it are two buttons – the one on the left being for the paytable of the game. The button next to it is for the autospin mechanic, which features loss and win limiters. Below that, you’ll find a large, green spin button, which you’ll quickly get acquainted to!
You’ll be aiming to land 3 or more of the same symbols on adjacent reels, starting from reel 1. This is the fundamental rule for understanding Megaways™ slots. Ideally, these will be the higher-paying symbols in order for you to make the largest win possible.
The best Megaways™ slots also offer their players great ways to win through their bonus features. The Wild Meatball multiplier drops quite frequently, and you’ll want to have a winning combo when it does!
So, what’s the verdict on this beef-laden dish? Before we get into any of that, let’s boil down our review to a few pros and cons.
All in all, we think this fresh recipe from BTG is worth a try. While perhaps not as tasty as a real plate of meatballs, Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ will satisfy and delight players just the same. With an exciting and innovative Wild Meatball feature and Free Spins mechanic, there are some new thrills to be had too. To top it all off, there’s even a 55,210x Max Win. So, give this slot a spin – we’re sure it’ll pass the taste test!
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||117,649 Megaways™|
|Number of ways||Up to 117,649|
|Number of ways||470,596|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Volatility||Medium to High|
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||15,625|
|Number of ways||Unlimited|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Number of ways||N/A|
The Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ RTP is 96.57%. This is slightly above average compared to other slots.
The Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ max win is 55,210x. A mouth-watering number for any punter!
The Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ Free Spins feature is activated by landing 5 Reactions in a row.
Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ has Reactions and the Wild Meatball multiplier feature, as well as an innovative Free Spins mechanic.
Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ was developed by Big Time Gaming, the original creators of Megaways™!
You can win Spicy Meatballs Megaways™ by landing 3 or more of the same symbol on adjacent reels. Wild Meatball multipliers and the Free Spins section are great ways to make big wins too!
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