There’s Fruit Shop™ and there’s the Christmas Edition of the game, but soon the Fruit Shop Megaways™ slot will be on its way to the NetEnt Casinos as well. This time in cooperation with Big Time Gaming, the developer behind the Megaways™ engine. Therefore, the fruit shop opens once again with Wilds and Free Spins, but in Fruit Shop Megaways™, players can also enjoy an amazing 117649 ways to win!
What’s the Megaways™ slots series all about?
With two Megaways™ slots launched at the NetEnt Casinos in two weeks time and another one in the pipeline, it’s pretty clear that it’s not a unique opportunity. And it’s true that there’s a good chance we will see more Megaways™ slots based on existing NetEnt slots.
The reason why is simple! It’s 2020 and it was in 2016 that Big Time Gaming launched its very first Megaways™ slot. By now, 4 years later, the Megaways™ slots series counts over 70 titles. But it’s not only Big Time Gaming that’s responsible for the creation of these titles. They have been smart and shared its innovative engine with other gaming studios. Several suppliers were granted a license to come up with their own version of a Megaways™ slot which resulted in over 70+ titles.
Now, when you see a slots series become so successful in such a short time, you have to anticipate to become part of the success. Therefore, NetEnt joined the Megaways™ club. With so many successful games of their own, it’s pretty logic to pick some for the Megaways™ series. NetEnt came up with Twin Spin Megaways™ and Devine Fortune Megaways™ to top it up soon enough with Fruit Shop Megaways™.
What’s so special about a Megaways™ slot?
It’s mainly the engine that makes the Megaways™ slots so special compared to other video slots. The exact reason why is because it changes the outcome of a spin. Usually, you find a static number of symbols on the reels, but in a Megaways™ video slot, the outcome is dynamic.
The Megaways™ engine is built on a simple idea that changes the number of symbols on a reel constantly. Different from most slots, the Megaways™ engine offers a variety of ways to win. This simply means that the number of ways to win differ with each spin going up to 117649 Ways to Win. Each spin again, you find the number of Megaways™ at the top of the game. The number of ways to win go up to 117649.
Each spin again, a random reel modifier varies the number of symbols on each reel, as well as the height of the symbols. It’s the number and size of the symbols that define whether you receive just a few thousand ways to win or the maximum of 117649 Megaways™. The number of symbols landing on each reel ranges from 2 to 7 three or more of the same symbols on adjacent reels from left to right result in a win.
Also very popular in the Megaways™ slots series are the Free Spins bonus rounds that often come with Avalanches and an increasing multiplier as we know from Gonzo’s Quest™, for example. The same feature will be available in the Fruit Shop Megaways™ slot.
Fruit Shop Megaways™ slot features
We did see some attractive Megaways™ games with Twin Spin Megaways™ and Divine Fortune Megaways™. However, each game has its own charms, even though they all share the same engine.
Since there’s no preview video or preview picture available, all we have is a description. That’s enough for me to find out how the new NetEnt slot works. You might need a bit of imagination.
First, start by imagining a game layout of 6 reels with on each reel 2 to 7 symbols. The game promises a Wild and Free Spins with an increasing Multiplier which doesn’t differ much from the original. The increasing Multiplier is new to the game and a real game-changer.
NetEnt fans know the Avalanche feature and know how valuable this feature is for a game. Imagine this same feature with up to 117469 ways to win.
Wilds symbols in Fruit Shop Megaways™ 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™ slot Free Spins
Usually activated by Scatters, it’s in the Fruit Shop Megaways™ slot that a win on any of the medium win symbols activates Free Spins. 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.
As mentioned before, the Megaways™ version of the Fruit Shop™ slot 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.