Bar-X Safecracker Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Overview
It all started back in 2016 with the release of Big Time Gaming's Bonanza. Little did we know that it would spark a new trend and serve as a blueprint for countless of reskins and clones. To date, more have been released than we can keep track of and the production rate is anything but slowing down. In spite of the fact that they're all more or less identical, players can't seem to have enough. New themes, as well as variations in the visual presentations of essentially the same features, is all that has been required to keep players happy. So far, at least.
Blueprint Gaming's new Bar-X Safecracker Megaways slot is exactly the type of game we're talking about. With a "break-the-bank"-type theme, it's built on the same template as Blueprint's first Megaways offering, Diamond Mine Megaways. If you've played it, you already know what you're going to get. It comes with the same 6-reel setup, the usual extra reel at the very top transporting the wilds and, of course, 117,649 ways to win when fully expanded that has become synonymous with the Megaways engine.
Visually, you're taken to a bank vault to perform a heist. The idea is the rob the casino you're playing at, but as we all know, it's much more likely that they'll rob you instead, so a bit of a catch 22 there. Bar-X Safecracker Megaways features a mix of stylish and sleek design with a visually pleasing deep red colour palette. On the reels you'll see lower value 9 to A royals alongside more rewarding bars, lucky sevens, diamonds and X-symbols. The latter is the most rewarding, giving you 50 times your stake for 6 on a full payline. The wild symbol, designed in red and black with the word "wild" written on it, appears on the extra horizontal reel only and substitutes for all symbols except the scatter.
Bar-X Safecracker Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Features
Bar-X Safecracker Megaways comes with the usual set of features seen in the majority of Blueprint's Megaways slots. Capable of delivering colossal wins, first in line is the Mystery Symbol feature available both in the base game and the free spins round. When it hits, all instances of it will reveal a matching random symbol, thus significantly increasing the odds of landing big wins. Typically, when these mystery symbols connect, they will usually reveal a lower value symbol, though, with so many win ways on offer, the outcome can be impressive nonetheless.
The game also utilises the Cascading Symbols feature where all symbols that form a winning combination are blasted away and replaced by new ones dropping in from above. This chain reaction continues until no more new winning combinations appear in view.
The highlight is the Free Spins game which is triggered when you land 4, 5 or 6 golden bank vault scatters. Before the action gets underway, you're taken to a pre-bonus game where you get to pick one of eight vaults to reveal your starting free spins number. Depending on how many scatter symbols you landed to trigger the free spins game, up to 20 free spins can be won here. Now, with the free spins round initiated, each cascading chain reaction will increase your win multiplier by 1x with no limits. Moreover, you can also retrigger the feature by landing another 4+ scatters.
Bar-X Safecracker Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Verdict
In spite of having churned out a ridiculous amount of reskins and Megaways clones, Blueprint Gaming has managed to navigate around the pitfalls, skillfully avoiding the trap of making their games feel generic or unambitious. Mathematically, these are all excellent medium variance slots that offer good value for any gambling budget if you're looking for some play time as well as a chance to land massive wins whether in the base game or the free spins.
Ultimately, the game has little new on offer for those already familiar with the concept, but if you're a fan of Megaways, and a proponent of freedom of choice, you surely won't mind trying your luck on Bar-X Safecracker Megaways.
Bar-X Safecracker Megaways (Blueprint Gaming)
● Reels: 6
● Rows: 3 - 7
● Paylines: 117,649
● RTP: 96.3%
● Max Payout: 50,000x (Max 250,000€)
● Volatility: M
● Bets: 0.20 - 20 EUR
● Features: Cascading Symbols, Free Spins, Unlimited Win Multiplier, Mystery Symbol
● Release Date: Out Now!
Bigwinboard Rating - 84%