Thai Flower Megaways from Blueprint Gaming revisits the immensely popular slot that took a prominent place in both land-based casinos and online gaming, and this time it’s got a modern Megaways twist.
First impressions of Thai Flower Megaways seem to suggest that Blueprint has opted to keep the spirit of the original slot very much alive with graphics that look nearly identical to the original, but the Megaways stamp means that gameplay has been tweaked heavily…or has it?
Blueprint Gaming themselves describe Thai Flower Megaways as the Land of Smiles with natural beauty and cultural class which sounds both impressive and relaxing, so we’re excited to head east once more to experience the oriental adventure of Thai Flower once more.
Thai Flower Megaways Theme
Blueprint Gaming has obviously decided that the design for the original slot was a winner, and as such, they’ve stuck with it.
Apart from the obvious Megaways implementation, you wouldn’t really notice much of a difference between Thai Flower Megaways and the original slot. Opinions on this will be divided between those who think that Blueprint Gaming could have gone out of their way to give Thai Flower Megaways a grandiose reintroduction and those who think that Thai Flower was perfect the way it was.
Whatever your opinion on the matter, you definitely can’t deny that Thai Flower Megaways envokes fond memories of what could be considered a bygone era of gaming considering all of the modern updates seen within the iGaming industry of late.
To make Thai Flower even more nostalgic you’ll even hear the bubbly and retro sounds of the spinning reels used in old games like Fishin’ Frenzy and many more before it.
Thai Flower Megaways: Betting and Symbols
The betting options in Thai Flower Megaways are about as extensive as you’d expect them to be, and it should prove to be plenty to cover the needs of most people. The lowest option here is £/€0.20 per spin, and the highest option is £/€10 per spin. Bad news for anyone who prefers to play at super high stakes, but we’re guessing that that’s a rather small number of people anyway.
Striking similarities to the original slot becomes apparent once more through the symbols of the game. The Lotus Wild Scatter and the Thai lady returns as the highest paying symbols, and following on from them is the Temple, Elephant, Kayak and Pot. Low paying symbols are Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10.
So far, everything looks pretty much exactly the same, but that’ll change when you get to the gameplay.
Thai Flower Megaways: The Base Game and Features
Thai Flower Megaways has 6 reels and up to 15,625 ways to win. To connect those wins, you’ll need 2 of the Lotus/Thai Lady and at least 3 of any other symbol to connect from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.
Thai Flower Megaways doesn’t follow the usual script when it comes to the Megaways mechanic, with no cascading symbols and a significantly lower number of ways to win than other slots.
Because of the lack of reel modifiers, large ways to win and cascading symbols, Thai Flower Megaways can be somewhat uneventful in the Base Game. There is definitely some win potential here if you manage to connect higher paying symbols all the way across the reels, but the general feeling here is that Thai Flower Megaways is all about the bonus.
Thai Flower Megaways Free Spins
At least 3 of the Lotus scatter symbols are needed to trigger the Free Spins in Thai Flower Megaways.
- 3 Scatters – 10 Free Spins
- 4 Scatters – 15 Free Spins
- 5 Scatters – 20 Free Spins
- 6 Scatters – 25 Free Spins
Before the round commences, you’ll be asked to pick 3 Lotus Flowers, which will reveal 3 symbols.
The revealed symbols will be the only symbols that may land during the bonus.
Given the functionality of how only 3 symbols can land, you understand why Blueprint Gaming didn’t opt for Cascading Symbols or more Ways to Win. If you can manage to uncover high paying symbols, then there is significant potential to roll in some very nice wins.
Through testing the game, it does feel like the choice of symbols is merely an illusion of choice. The highest paying symbol was rarely uncovered, so it’s probably pre-determined on what symbols you get, and quite often you’ll unfortunately uncover low paying symbols only.
Thai Flower Megaways: Our Verdict
Thai Flower Megaways may hold significant potential, and those who held the original in high regard will undoubtedly be thrilled to see a Megaways sequel. For everyone else, Thai Flower Megaways feels a bit dated, and a bit boring at times.
The Base Game doesn’t hold too much action if any at all, and high spirits can quickly be dampened during Free Spins if you uncover low paying symbols. Keeping Thai Flower Megaways true to the original slot isn’t something you can really blame them for, but the argument remains on whether a Thai Flower Megaways with cascading symbols, reel modifiers and incremental Free Spins multipliers would have appealed more.
Statistically, Thai Flower Megaways is technically capable of massive wins with a maximum theoretical win potential of 50,000x, but the volatility of Thai Flower Megaways isn’t high, so there’s very little chance that Thai Flower could reach anything close to this. We wouldn’t recommend it as a wagering game either with an RTP of 95.02%
To summarise, Thai Flower Megaways is a faithful ode to the original slot, but there’s not much here to reel in new players.