Black Gold Megaways (Stakelogic): Overview
The recent release of Gold Fever from Red Tiger had players chasing their fortune down a mine shaft. Strikelogic now gives players the chance to land their fortunes with oil in Black Gold Megaways. It’s all about hitting just the right spot in the ground to release a black geyser of coins. The goal is to become a cashed up oil tycoon, build pumps, and rigs, and get the Texas T flowing to trigger the extra features.
The reel-spinning action is set out West against a background of oil rigs, desert canyons, vultures, and cacti. The look is pleasant, with Strikelogic going for a modern cartoon vibe. There can be a lot happening on screen, but thanks to portrait mode, it doesn't get cluttered even on mobile. What makes it so busy is largely due to the Megaways game engine on license from Big Time Gaming. This is the first time Stakelogic has used Megaways to power one of their slots and the results are quite impressive.
Megaways brings with it 6 reels with 2 - 7 symbols on each, and an extra 1x4 row on top. All of that reel and row action results in a win lines that range from 324 up to 117,649 when maxed out. Building a vast oil empire starts with a single step. In this case, setting wagers from 20 c/p, and depending on the slot provider, up to £/€20 or £/€40 per spin. For that, we get an RTP a shade above average on 96.039% and medium volatility. Symbols are a mix of old and new and winners form when 3 - 6 land, except for the tycoon who only needs 2. The low pay symbols are 9 - A royals, while the high pay symbols are lanterns, helmets, bisons, and the tycoon who can return 50 times your stake for six of a kind. Feel that rumble? That is the sound of a stack of features ready to blow.
Black Gold Megaways (Stakelogic): Features
Black Gold Megaways is a feature-heavy slot that makes the most of what Megaways has to offer while throwing in a ton of extras as well. Megaways is famous for alternating the number of symbols on reels and cascading wins. Basically winning combinations are removed from play so new symbols can drop in to form multiple winners on one spin - a very popular system at the moment.
The dynamite bundle symbol is Wild and substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter. The Wild can also land at random with Multipliers of x2, x3, x5, or x10. If more than one Wild lands on a spin then their values are multiplied together rather than added up.
The reel at the very top of the gird isn't just there to look pretty. It also spins five bonus feature symbols, and when one comes to a stop in the centre oil spatters the reels and the specific feature is activated.
- Multiplier – two multiplier Wilds land at random on the reels.
- Random – one standard Wild is placed anywhere on the reels.
- Stacked – one or two Wild stacks are added to reels 2, 3, 4, or 5.
- DoubleUp – all wins, including cascade wins from that spin are subject to a x2 multiplier.
- Destroyer – this can only come into play if no reel win lands. If that happens this feature removes all of the regular symbols from reels 1 – 6.
The golden oil rig tower is the scatter symbol and if 4 land then players are rewarded with 12 Free Spins. Every additional scatter symbol in view adds another 5 free spins to the total. During free spins, with every cascading feature, the win multiplier increases by one - without limit. Also, if three scatters land during the bonus round they reward 5 more spins, 4 Scatters add 10 free spins to keep the black gold flowing.
Last but not least, is the additional gamble feature which pops up after each win. When selected, players can win double or nothing by picking the right card colour, or quadruple or nothing for picking the right suit.
Black Gold Megaways (Stakelogic): Verdict
Black Gold Megaways is a solid first outing with Megaways indeed. Developers are often cautious with their first flirt with this powerful game engine. Not so Strikelogic. They haven't gone completely over the top mental with it, but its possibilities have been complemented by a full suite of extras that makes Black Gold Megaways fun and rewarding.
Black Gold Megaways is one of those manic slots where there is always something going on. Its real magic lies in having multiple features work together. Get them firing on a roll and the rewards can be excellent. Megaways has been put to good use and provides big reels, big symbols, and big win ways. Strikelogic has matched what this engine can do by providing a hefty potential to go with it. It is the cascades and multipliers that are going rock worlds here. Multiplying Wilds can quickly add up, and in conjunction with free spin multipliers and random Wilds the tally can soon skyrocket. Hit just the right sweet spot and become an oil tycoon in an instant with up to 14,400 times the stake.
Black Gold Megaways is a successful slot that ticks many right boxes. The theme is original, looks are good, gameplay is hectic, and rewards are there for the fortunate. So who wouldn't like this slot? Fruit slot purists perhaps, or those that hate Megaways. Apart from that it will appeal to a wide variety of players. Casual gamblers will enjoy the bells and whistles that Strikelogic have bolted on, while hardcore gamers will appreciate its top prize.
As far as Megaways first outings go, Strikelogic have crafted a potential hit. Now comes the pressure of producing what will be a highly anticipated follow-up.
Black Gold Megaways (Stakelogic)
● Reels: 6
● Rows: 2-7
● Paylines: 324 - 117,649
● RTP: 96.039%
● Max Payout: 14,400x
● Volatility: M (3/5)
● Bets: 0.20 - 20 EUR
● Features: Random Wilds, Random Multipliers, DoubleUp Feature, Stacked Wilds, Destroyer Feature, Free Spins
● Release Date: November 25, 2019
Bigwinboard Rating - 86%