Buffalo Rising Megaways All Action (Blueprint Gaming): Overview
What is the one thing about playing slots that can wear a person down? How about spinning endlessly, waiting for a bonus round that stubbornly refuses to drop while slowly (or quickly) draining your balance? Over time these things can even out, but a long run of base game spinning without the hint of a scatter can get tiring. Bonus buy options circumvent this first world problem by shortcutting players to the best bits. But even they have their limitations, such as jurisdictional restrictions, and in some cases exorbitant price tags. Blueprint Gaming has come up with a nifty idea that allows players to access the most exciting part of a slot without having to break the bank in the process - the result is Buffalo Rising Megaways All Action.
The All Action version is a remake of the popular Buffalo Rising Megaways slot released in the later months of 2019. The original is a pretty sweet slot in its own right, and is based around the North American plains and wildlife. If you're familiar with the original, you will instantly feel at home as the new version looks identical. When it comes to the remake, it’s not so much what has been added but what it has taken away. To earn the 'All Action' in its title, Blueprint has removed the base game and turned it into a big bet slot.
All of the symbols, characters, and of course, the Megaways engine has been brought back. However, despite a lot you will recognise, the difference in gameplay will be obvious to you. To gain access and get the game flowing, players must first choose a stake. Betting on the original slot maxed out at €/£10 per spin. Here, meanwhile, betting options, begin at that level and only go higher. This time around high rollers will be stoked to see max bets of €/£1,000 on offer. Select the bet that suits your bankroll and sit back and enjoy the show.
In a nutshell, placing a bet buys a batch of Buffalo Spins which is basically a free spins round in the original Buffalo Rising Megaways slot. The round comes with an unlimited multiplier and runs using the regular Megaways cascade feature. This system removes winning combinations from the reels to let new symbols cascade into the gaps. That means chains of wins are possible from one single spin. It also means a setup that uses 6 main reels with 2-7 symbols on each and an extra horizontal reel along the top. Win ways can go as high as 117,649 with the reels maxed out with symbols. Along with the major rule changes, RTP has increased slightly to 97.01%, and volatility remains generally high, although the game essentially allows you to choose your own volatility.
Due to the cascade wins system, symbol values are typically low(ish) on a Megaways slot as they can quickly rack up. Due to the way Buffalo Rising Megaways All Action works with an unlimited multiplier always active, symbol values are even lower than that. There are 10 regular pay symbols - 6 low and 4 high. The low pays are 9-A royals, while high pays in ascending order are a moose, coyote, bear, and buffalo. The buffalo only needs two of a kind to pay out while all of the others need 3 or more. To give you a clear picture of rewards we’ll use the minimum stake of 10 credits as an example. At this level 3 ‘9s’ are worth 1p/c while 6 buffalos payout £/€5. It sounds low at first, but the wins can quickly add up due to the way the rules operate. Helping with the win rate is a wild which can substitute for anything except the scatter. Also, there are Mystery Symbols, and when they land they all transform into common symbols which can be anything but the scatter.
Buffalo Rising Megaways All Action (Blueprint Gaming): Features
Once the bet has been set in motion, players are presented with 4 options of varying volatility. These options are as follows:
- 15 Buffalo Spins which start with a x1 multiplier (lowest risk).
- 10 Buffalo Spins which start with a x5 multiplier (medium risk).
- 5 Buffalo Spins which start with a x10 multiplier (high risk).
The fourth option is the Mystery Choice. Here, players choose a blind batch of slots and a blind multiplier. The results come from the options above, so you could end up with 15 spins with a x10 multiplier, for example. Or, you could just as easily end up with 5 spins with the x1 multiplier. It is the total luck of the draw.
During the round, the multiplier increases by +1 with each cascade. Spins can also be extended thanks to the diamond scatter symbol - land 3 or 4 of these and you will be rewarded with an additional 5 or 10 spins respectively. Considering that can effectively double the duration of the game, then they are like gold dust.
Once the spins have been used, that game is over, like, totally over – there is no base game to go back to. To play again, players need to make another bet and choose how many spins they want to start with.
Buffalo Rising Megaways All Action (Blueprint Gaming): Verdict
Buffalo Rising Megaways All Action is a unique and clever slot, and what it does will probably appeal to a significant number of players. Initially, a minimum of 10 credits to play might seem high. Then again, how easy is it to burn through that amount without triggering the bonus feature? There are merits and disadvantages for having a base game or removing at as Blueprint has done. Games are shorter and more intense, that’s for sure. Not only that, but this approach can be more economical than piling on a batch of auto spins and hoping for the best. Or, it might not, and many players will balk at fronting a big bet for entry. It’s not the best option for stretching out a bankroll, but that isn’t the game’s aim at all. Many, especially high rollers, will appreciate making a big bet to play what is effectively a bonus round.
Yes, it may seem like an obvious attempt to bypass the recent regulatory changes and the UK feature buy ban, but one could argue it's no difference to placing massive bets on Roulette. In any case, our job is not to pass judgement whether big bet slots are right or wrong, we'll leave that part to our readers.
As to the game, yeah it was quite exciting to play using this new set of rules. There were no base game lulls to wait out, and each round offered some pretty intense moments. How certain regulators are going to judge what this game has to offer will be an interesting question to ponder. Until that matter comes up, no, not everyone will go for this format, but those that do will be all over it.
Game title: Buffalo Rising Megaways All Action
● Reels: 6
● Rows: 2-7
● Paylines: 117,649
● RTP: 97.01%
● Max Payout: 10,000
● Variance: H
● Bets: 10 - 1,000 EUR
● Features: Megaways, Mystery Symbols, Buffalo Spins
● Release Date: Out Now