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Big Time Gaming
up to 117,649
Prepare to have your minds blown in Big Time Gaming’s latest refreshingly futuristic release, where big wins are just a portal away, in Wild Portals!
It’s not the first time Big Time Gaming has dazzled us with spectacular visuals, bursts of colour and mesmerizing gameplay, with both Diamond Fruits Megaclusters and Star Clusters Megaclusters setting the bar high. Wild Portals may not use the Megaclusters mechanic like these two, but it’s definitely got its own unique feature to show off that you won’t want to miss out on.
Although the design is simple, Wild Portals is still very illuminating to those with an appreciation for an uncomplicated and uncluttered theme. The background shows a series of vibrant strobe lights, beaming down on the main attraction, along with funky looking Gem symbols glistening on the reels. If you’re in the mood for a rave, you will definitely get one thanks to the choice of soundtrack.
Does the creator behind the Megaways mechanic still hold all the cards? or has it outgrown even them? The Megaways market is a competitive one with providers everywhere dying to get their hands on a licence.
Let’s see how Wild Portal Megaways fares.
Wild Portals Megaways is a 6 reel slot with up to 117,649 ways to win. In order to form a winning combination, you will need to connect 3 or more (or 2 or more of the highest paying symbol) from left to right, starting from the left-most reel. The minimum bet available is £/€0.20 per spin and the maximum bet available is £/€20 per spin, with a small selection of bets in between the two.
In terms of symbols, the highest paying regular symbol in Wild Portals is the Purple Gem, followed by the Red, Blue and Green Gems. Low paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten and Nine. There is also a Wild symbol (also known as Wild Portals), which substitutes for all symbols except Scatters. Wild symbols may only appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Big Time Gaming has thrown in not one but two interesting Features, that delivers a mixture of fun and potential to an otherwise boring base game. More on these below.
During any random spin in the base game, a 2×2 Wild Portal may drop onto reels 2, 3, 4 or 5. After all winning combinations are paid out, the Wild Portal will reveal one of the low-paying symbols randomly.
Once a low-paying symbol is chosen, the Wild Portal will automatically inhale all instances of that particular symbol from the reels, increasing the Multiplier by +1 for each symbol inhaled.
New symbols will then drop into all empty positions on the reels via a Cascade, whilst the Wild Portal may choose another Low-paying symbol to inhale. The process will continue until no new instances of the chosen low-paying symbol remain.
Big Time Gaming understands that triggering the Free Spins round can be a painstaking job, so they have decided to throw in their Win Exchange featue to make the process a little easier.
It’s quite simple really, whenever you win 75x your current bet or more, you will be given the option to cash in your win for 8 Free Spins. Also, whenever you win between 25x and 75x your current bet, you will be given the option to swap your entire win for a chance to win 8 Free Spins, through the Gamble Wheel. Landing the cursor in a Green section, awards the 8 Free Spins, but landing the cursor in a Red section, results in a loss.
Landing 3 or more Scatters in any position on the reels, triggers the Free Spins round, awarding 8 Free Spins, plus an additional +2 Free Spins for every Scatter after the required 3.
During the Free Spins round, a Wild Portal is guaranteed on every Free Spin. The Wild Portal works in the exact same way it does in the base game, but the Multiplier will carry over and the Wild Portal will move into a new position with each Free Spin.
Landing 3 or more Scatters during Free Spins, awards an additional +2 Free Spins, plus an extra +2 Free Spins for every Scatter after the third.
Wild Portals Megaways showcases just how BTG knows how to utilise their own Megaways mechanic in an interesting way, but it can be slow going sometimes.
When testing the game there was lengthy periods of…well…not much really, but then out of nowhere it can really show you what it’s made of. The question is, is Wild Portals Megaways worth committing to?
It certainly isn’t your conventional Megaways slot. There’s no cascading reels, and the Wild Portals certainly isn’t something we’ve seen before. The absence of cascading reels might deter some, but the Wild Portal feature is more than enough to make up for it in our eyes.
The real interesting part about Wild Portals Megaways is not the features, but the win potential. Wild Portals is statistically capable of wins of up to 116,030x, which is astonishing even by Megaways standards. This alone could be alluring enough to reel in some players, but it will be interesting to see how realistic it actually is when it releases.
Overall, Wild Portals Megaways is an innovative title from BTG, but it can be slow-paced and many may ditch it before seeing its true potential. If there’s anything we know for sure, it’s that it’s a mistake to underestimate a BTG slot.