It’s clear that there are some changes going on at NetEnt. It must be because nothing is as it should be! We’re ten days away from the launch of NetEnt’s 3rd Megaways video slot and no preview video is available yet on their YouTube channel. My daily routines are messed up, and I feel sad for not knowing what is going to be the future of our beloved NetEnt slots. But I know the Megaways video slots and I know the Fruit Shop™ video slot! But maybe more interesting is what is a Megaways video slot is all about and why are they so immense popular these days?
What to expect from the Fruit Shop Megaways™ slot?
If you’re a real NetEnt slot fan, there’s no way you never heard of the Fruit Shop™ slot. Do you remember that little fruit shop with its typical design and the juiciest summer fruits? I think it’s one of NetEnt’s easiest games with its simple design and just a Wild and Free Spins available.
To develop a Megaways™ video slot, a software supplier needs a special license from the creator of the special slot engine, Big Time Gaming. This means that Fruit Shop Megaways™ only managed to become a Megaways video slot thanks to a cooperation between NetEnt and Big Time Gaming. NetEnt granted a licence for the Megaways™ engine while NetEnt decided that the Fruit Shop™ slot was perfect to become the 3rd Megaways video slot from NetEnt.
It was in 2016 that Big Time Gaming launched its very first Megaways video slot and decided to share the engine with other suppliers. It’s thanks to this special concept and cooperation between different software suppliers, that over 70 Megaways video slots are available now.
For this reason, you can expect the Fruit Shop Megaways™ slot to offer an incredible 117649 ways to win. That’s one of the secrets of a Megaways video slot. But don’t get too excited yet, as this is the maximum number of ways to win. It can also be lower and that’s because a Megaways video slot offers up to 117649 ways to win. Every spin is different as the 6 reels will show up to 7 symbols. But a reel can also carry two symbols and that’s the power of the Megaways slots series.
What is a Megaways™ video slot?
As mentioned before, a Megaways slot is always developed in cooperation with Big Time Gaming. They launched their first Megaways video slot in 2016 and decided to share their secret. Like a good chef can share his recipes, Big Time Gaming decided to share its recipe with the best software developers in the industry.
Thanks to this successful concept, there are now over 70 Megaways video slots. Including in the series are NetEnt’s Twin Spin Megaways™ and Divine Fortune Megaways™. Let’s not forget that Red Tiger was sold to NetEnt a while ago and that this software supplier also launched Gonzo’s Quest Megaways™ and Piggy Riches Megaways™. The latter are two of NetEnt’s most successful video slots, now available in combination with the Megaways engine. Can it get any better than this?
Yes, it can! When all NetEnt slots are combined with the Megaways engine, it gets even better! But that will never happen! What will happen, though, is that Fruit Shop Megaways™ is the next in line. This means that the fruity symbols from the Fruit shop return to reels, this time 6 reels with up to 7 symbols available on each reel.
A Megaways video slot is exactly that, a video slot with 6 reels with on each reel between 2 and 7 symbols. And when I say between 2 and 7 symbols, it means that each reel, during each spin, shows 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 symbols. Imagine the diverse outcome of a spin when this is the case. When all reels show 7 symbols, the ways to win count as 7x7x7x7x7x7 and with that 117649 ways to win. But as you understand, this can also be 2x2x2x2x2x2 or 2x5x2x3x7x3 and so on and so on.
Avalanche feature Megaways style
Do we all know the Avalanche™ feature? Yes, of course, we do! We’re NetEnt fans and since the launch of Gonzo’s Quest™ in 2011, we can’t live without it any more. Every time the Avalanche™ feature appears in a new game, we’re all over it.
I have bad news though, as this NetEnt feature doesn’t exist in a Megaways video slot. The good news is, that a video slot feature almost the same, is what makes the Megaways series a success. Instead of the Avalanche feature, it’s called Cascading reels. The majority of the Megaways slots offer Cascading reels, one of the many reasons NetEnt fans will adore the Megaways™ slots series including Fruit Shop Megaways™, Divine Fortune Megaways™ and Twin Spin Megaways™.
We know the Avalanche™ feature as a feature in which a winning combination activates an avalanche. To get to an avalanche, symbols involved in a winning combination explode. The explosion causes symbols to fall further down after which new symbols appear from above to fill up to reels. The next step in an avalanche is a Re-spin as the new symbols can cause new winning combinations to appear. This Re-spin is for free and so are all potential consecutive winning combinations.
As long as consecutive winning combinations appear, you’ll remain in the same avalanche, paying no bet other than the bet you paid in the first spin that activated the avalanche.
That’s basically what the Cascading reels feature is all about. It just received a different name. More popular is the Cascading Reels Megaways video slot when it’s linked to an unlimited multiplier that climbs up with each and every winning combination.
Fruit Shop Megaways video slot features
In ten days time, NetEnt’s Megaways™ slots series expands with the with Fruit Shop Megaways™. As explained before, it offers all the best from the Fruit Shop™ slot, but in combination with the Megaways™ engine.
Since there’s still no preview video or preview picture available, we still have to do with a description. But all I can say is to just picture the Fruit Shop™ slot with 6 reels. Then picture the 6 reels with between 2 and 7 fruity symbols.
We’re getting there. Now, add the variation of the Megeways™ engine. This means that you can activate up to 117649 ways to win.
The game promises the return of the Wild and Free Spins, but this time the latter comes with an increasing Multiplier.
Fruit Shop Megaways™ Wild
The Wilds symbol in the upcoming Fruit Shop Megaways™ video slot will appear on the reels 2, 3, 4, and 5. In both the main game and during Free Spins. As usual, they substitute for all other symbols, with no exceptions.
Fruit Shop Megaways™ Free Spins
In Fruit Shop Megaways™, a win on any of the medium win symbols activates the Free Spins feature. The same type of winning combinations during Free Spins, activates additional Free Spins. The number of Free Spins depends on the type of symbol and length of the winning combination.
Fruit Shop Megaways™ brings a Free Spins feature with an increasing Multiplier. The Free Spins feature starts with an x1 Multiplier. During each spin with at least one winning combination, the multiplier for the next spin increases by x1. A no-win spin causes the multiplier to remain the same while the maximum Multiplier is x10.