Blood Suckers Megaways: Slot Overview
Sharpen your stakes, crush a bit of garlic, and make sure your crucifix is securely fastened as we step into the horrific world of Blood Suckers Megaways from developer Red Tiger. The game follows in the blood-soaked footsteps of Blood Suckers (2013) and Blood Suckers 2 (2017) from fellow studio NetEnt, and takes the newly founded trilogy in a new and exciting direction. Not too new, fingerprints from the previous two games can be found all over Blood Suckers Megaways, which, as the name suggests, also benefits from the firepower wrought by BTG's popular Megaways game engine. Over the top of it, Red Tiger has layered a stack of features such as chain reactions, free spins with coffin picks, random wilds, super wilds, and wins multipliers.
Known for the exceptionally high RTP, the original Blood Suckers slot came out nearly ten years before this one but has held up quite well, all things considered. The sequel had a female vampire hunter thing going on, and out of the two older games, Blood Suckers Megaways arguably has more in common visually with the original. This is largely due to the similar symbols, though also the foggy, spooky background imagery. You really wouldn't want to be out and about in a place like this, which looks like an olde European city, on a night when the ghosts and ghouls are let loose. It's moody, but the symbols help tip the balance the other way, giving Blood Suckers Megaways a light-hearted feel as well. It's a knife-edge balance, though, making it hard to tell if Blood Suckers Megaways is joking around with the horror or if something more sinister is at play…
As mentioned, one of Blood Suckers' highlights was its outstanding RTP of 98%, and you know what? Blood Suckers Megaways comes pretty close. When playing regularly, its max return value tops out at 97.66%, further increasing when buying free spins to 97.73%. Winning potential here is far and away the highest of the three games at 20,521x, with a highly volatile math model to match. To get started, players pick a base bet of 10 p/c to $/€4 per paid spin on any device type to get the bloodied experience.
Played on a 6-reel Megaways game grid, each reel holds 2 to 7 symbols, producing anywhere from 324 to 117,649 ways to win. At the heart of the gameplay is the chain reactions mechanic; winning symbols are removed from the reels, then new symbols fall down to replace them, and if new wins are created after the drop, another chain reaction is triggered. To form a win, players need at least three identical symbols to land on three consecutive reels, starting from the leftmost reel. The value of the win is 0.4 to 0.6 times the bet for landing six garlic cloves, crossbows, daggers, holy items, and flasks, or 0.8 to 3 times the bet for six of the five character high pays. A bunch of wild symbols appear in Blood Suckers Megaways, one being a regular 1x1 wild, the others are full reel Super Wilds. Both types are able to substitute for any regular pay symbol.
Blood Suckers Megaways: Slot Features
As packed with goodies as a vampire hunter's anti-Nosferatu kit bag, Blood Suckers Megaways comes with four base game modifiers and free spins with a pre-round of feature picks.
Base Game Modifiers
At the start of any base game spin, a Feature Coffin can appear on the display, awarding one of these modifiers when the vampire is slain:
- Random Wilds – two to ten wilds are placed in random spots on reels 2, 3, 4 and/or 5
- Super Wilds – one or two full reel Super Wilds land on reels 2 to 5. Super Wilds possess a ways multiplier equal to the number of positions on their respective reel, up to x7.
- Bonus Scatters – 2, 3, or 4 scatter symbols are placed on their reels, possibly helping trigger the bonus round.
- Win Multiplier – a multiplier of x2, x3, or x5 is applied to the win on the current spin, if it is a winning spin. Multipliers reset at the beginning of the next spin.
Landing at least 3 scatter symbols awards 5 free spins. Each triggering scatter awards one pick in the picker bonus before free spins start – up to 5 picks at the most. For the picker, players click to open coffins and reveal their reward when the vampire is defeated. This could be:
- Random Wilds – two of the coffins may award random wilds. Each revealed random wild coffin places 2-5 wilds on reels 2-5 on each free spin.
- Super Wilds – Each revealed Super Wild coffin (up to 2) grants a Super Wild on each spin.
- Bonus Spins – three of the coffins may award 1, 2, or 3 additional free spins.
- Wins Multipliers – three of the coffins may award a multiplier of x2, x3, or x5. More than one revealed multiplier means their values are stacked.
If not all coffins associated with one of the four rewards are picked, the respective modifier may randomly trigger during the feature. For example, if one or none of the Random Wilds coffins have been picked, Random Wilds may randomly trigger during free spins. Also, keep in mind the multiplier has a maximum value of x10.
If possible, players can buy a Feature Coffin, free spins with 3 guaranteed picks, free spins with 4 guaranteed picks, or free spins with five guaranteed picks, for 10x, 150x, 500x, or 1,000x the bet.
Blood Suckers Megaways: Slot Verdict
Blood Suckers Megaways is like one of those weirdly wonderful Eurovision bands that's theatrical enough to take the edge off the horror but blood-drenched enough to make you wonder if it's actually being serious. Jokes aside, Blood Suckers Megaways' entertainment factor is completely serious, and the precedent set by Red Tiger taking the NetEnt classic Gonzo's Quest to soaring new Megaways heights continues great guns. The studio has really picked 'n mixed a selection of the best parts from the past and expanded on them with a more evolved mechanic supplied by Megaways, plus a number of modernising touches. The result is a slot that both respects its elders while blasting the action forward for future generations.
If it wasn't obvious enough in the previous paragraph, let's clearly state that Blood Suckers Megaways provided an excellent playthrough, mixing its blood-curdling yet kinda humorous theme with a batch of thrilling features, modifiers, and gameplay. There's always a hint of worry when a group of creatives decide to revive an older classic, whether it be an online slot, a movie, or something else. Is it going to cheapen the original, ruin memories, will it desecrate the franchise? Happy to say Blood Suckers Megaways does none of those things, instead pushing the range onwards and upwards. As noted above, RTP was one of Blood Suckers' strong suits, and as well as the solid return available in Blood Suckers Megaways, it also comes with a massively increased winning potential of 20,521.9x the bet. Hard to think what else might have topped it.
In summation, if games like the original Blood Suckers slots, or something like Immortal Romance floated your boat, then it's practically mandatory to take Blood Suckers Megaways out for a spin to experience the update. Even players new to the range can get a kick out of what Red Tiger has put together, namely, an online slot with exciting presentation and gameplay that only ever really sucked via its pointy-toothed characters.
Blood Suckers Megaways pays its respects to the past while offering modernised gameplay, making this an exciting addition to the Blood Suckers line-up.