Beef Lightning Megaways: Slot Overview
When you look at a map of the world, you can see just how huge Australia is. The island/continent is the sixth-largest country by land area, despite having less than half the population of France. According to the Australian government, more than half of their immense land use is taken up by agriculture, so it’s understandable the idea of a farming-themed slot might have come naturally to Aussie studio Big Time Gaming. The result is Beef Lightning, a slot marrying Megaways with good, wholesome down on the farm gaming, featuring bonus coins, expanding wilds, and a raucous cow auction during free spins.
For townies, it can be a little traumatic thinking where the meat in your burger comes from, so BTG glosses over the brutal realities of farm life. Instead, this farm comes across as a jolly cheerful place to hang out. Part of the positivity is produced by rays of sun drenching daisy covered hills, hosting a traditional big red barn and an old school windmill. The other part is from an upbeat soundtrack which sounds like a faster, twangier version of the one found in BTG's Donuts. This is the sort of place where livestock roam freely over the hills in that zen-like manner cows have, and the word abattoir is completely absent.
A cattle grate sits before a 6-reel Megaways powered grid, dropping 2 to 7 symbols on each reel. The number changes randomly, ensuring no two spins are the same, producing up to 117,649 ways to win when fully expanded. The corn fed action is possible on any device from mobile to desktop, allowing players to set bets from 20 p/c to £/€10 per spin. Max bet is a bit lower than it usually is from BTG, though win potential on each spin is monstrous, so perhaps there's some exposure limitation going on there. As expected, Beef Lightning Megaways is a highly volatile trip to the countryside, while also producing a solid theoretical return value of 96.43%.
Wins light up the reels when three matching symbols land left to right from the first reel, except for the bull symbol, which pays out for two or more. From top to bottom on the paytable after the bull is a regular moo cow, a cowbell inscribed with the BTG logo, a horseshoe, then six shiny A-9 card royals. Six bull symbols are worth 20 times the stake, while the remaining three high-value symbols trigger payouts of 1-2.5x the bet. Wild brand symbols appear on reels 2 to 6, substituting all tiles except the scatter or bonus. At random, when they land, a wild duplication feature may occur, changing all symbols on that reel into wilds.
Beef Lightning Megaways: Slot Features
As well as the wild duplication, other features found in Beef Lightning Megaways are reactions, free spins, cow auctions, and bonus coins. Every winning combination sparks the reaction feature, which removes winning symbols from the grid, so new or existing ones tumble into the gaps. Reactions run on until no new winning combo appears.
Just 3 scatters spelling M.O.O. are needed to win 12 free spins. Additional scatters in view add +4 more free spins each. Free spins shift Beef Lightning to the auction, where players start with 1 cow and no bids.
During free spins, bonus coins may land, revealing an increased number of cows or hammer symbols which is a cow auction bid figure. At the end of the round, the number of cows you end up with is multiplied by the final bid, and a prize is awarded.
Bonus coins can also reveal gold trophies, silver, or bronze medals. Trophies and medals are collected on a separate meter and pay a jackpot if you manage to scoop enough of them. At the end, if you have collected 3 bronze medals, 4 silver medals, or 5 gold trophies, then you'll pick up a reward of 500, 2,500, or 25,000 times your stake, respectively.
Lastly, bonus coins may also reveal retriggers where +10 additional free spins are added to the remaining amount.
Beef Lightning Megaways: Slot Verdict
It feels like Big Time Gaming had a bit of fun with this, and it must be the first time a cow auction has ever appeared in an online slot. It might take some time to see that part of the game though, as Beef Lightning Megaways isn't a slot that throws out free spins willy-nilly. It certainly took us a while for the three M.O.O. scatters to land and shift Beef Lightning to the stockyard.
Once in free spins, the various collection systems help send the pulse rate up a notch. We never managed to collect enough medals or trophies to scoop one of the three jackpots, but the cow and bid feature rustled up some fairly decent consolation prizes before heading back to the main game. Hopefully, you fall for the farmstead atmosphere of the base game because you will probably be spending a lot of time there. Beef Lightning Megaways is a slot that certainly makes you put in a bit of hard graft.
There aren't many farm-based games kicking around, so Beef Lightning Megaways does have a freshness to it. It's also one of, if not the most profitable of the agriculturally themed slots you'll come across. As well as sizable trophy or medal rewards during free spins, it is possible to obtain wins as high as 56,000 times the bet on a single spin, proving once again there is money to be made in farming.
Beef Lightning Megaways might not be one of BTG's world-beaters, but like one of those outsized gourmet burgers you have to eat with a knife and fork, there's plenty to get stuck into. It's easy to get caught in a grind, and the music can get overly twangy after a while, yet rewards are there amidst the bovine themed activity.
Beef Lightning Megaways might be as docile as a herd of well-fed cows most of the time but can switch to randy bull mode in a heartbeat.