Euphoria Megaways: Slot Overview
Euphoria, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means 'a feeling of well-being or elation', and the original Euphoria online slot from iSoftBet had the goods to deliver both of those emotions. Being part of the studio's Extreme Pays Series meant it could also metaphorically crush players like the surface gravity of a neutron star, the densest star type we know of in the universe. Interestingly, a piece of a neutron star the size of a grain of sand would have the same mass as a skyscraper (thank you, Guinness World Records). This time, someone at iSoftBet saw fit to give the game a Megaways overhaul, and crank out a sequel, Euphoria Megaways.
First off the bat, if you thought the original game looked a teensy-weensy bit like Big Time Gaming's cosmic slot Opal Fruits, then the déjà vu rush when Euphoria Megaways will be intense. Srs, if there was a competition for the most BTG-looking game, Euphoria Megaways would certainly make the semis, maybe go all the way. Anyway, visually, players get a blasting-through-the-galaxy effect as stars waft past while a gem-covered game grid hovers in the middle. The soundtrack is as universe ambient as ever, too, once again feeling like Brian Eno was let loose to soothe players' travels through the stars, while a DJ ramps up the trance factor when free spins are triggered.
The most obvious audio-visual shift is the active gaming space, which now comprises 6 reels, each holding 2 to 7 symbols and creating up to 117,649 ways to win. A far cry from the 243 ways of before, and the extra reel means greater win multipliers are possible, too, though winning potential may come as a surprise. We'll get to that shortly. First, let's pick a wager of 20 p/c tp $/€20 per spin and get the game going – any device is fine. RTP comes in four forms, depending on how the game is attacked. In the default pay-per-spin approach, the theoretical return is a healthy average 96%.
Winning ways in Euphoria Megaways consist of matching pay symbols, hitting on adjacent reels starting from the leftmost side of the panel. Landing six matching symbols pays 0.4 to 1.25 times the bet when made up of the 9-A card icons or 2 to 50 times the stake for the green gem, purple gem, blue gem, or the diamond. Winning symbols are removed by the cascading wins mechanism and replaced by symbols cascading down from above. Technicolour wilds help with the task of forming ways to win by replacing any normal paying symbol. Wilds are present on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Euphoria Megaways: Slot Features
While floating through Euphoria Megaways' universe, make sure to keep your scopes looking out for Mystery symbols, Star symbols, and Scatter symbols. Other features include Max Megaways, Euphoria Spins, Max Megaways Euphoria Spin, free spins, and the Euphoria Bet.
- Mystery symbols: Mystery symbols are the symbols with the question mark on them. They can land on any spin and transform to reveal any paid symbol.
- Star symbols: Star symbols land with multipliers. When they hit, they activate the win multiplier, and having more than one Star symbol in view means their values are multiplied. In addition, Star symbols are also wild.
- Euphoria Spin: A Euphoria Spin can randomly trigger on any base game spin. When it does, two or more Star symbols are guaranteed to land.
- Max Megaways: Max Megawyas can also trigger on any base game spin, forcing the grid to produce a full 117,649 ways to win. Even more enticing, it is possible to trigger a Max Megaways Euphoria Spin, forcing 117,649 ways onto the grid while guaranteeing at least 2 Star symbols hit.
Landing 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatter symbols on the reels awards 8, 10, 12, or 14 free spins, respectively. Keep an eye out for Red scatter symbols, which combine with regular scatter symbols to trigger Super Free Spins. In free spins, landing a Wild Star activates an x2 win multiplier on the reel. Landing another Wild Star on the reel increases the multiplier to x3. Win multipliers multiply each other up to a maximum value of x729. If all 6 reels get multipliers, +3 additional free spins are awarded.
If free spins were triggered with at least 1 Red scatter symbol, Super Free Spins are awarded instead. This is an enhanced mode, offering bigger payouts. Somewhat vague, but that's paraphrasing the paytable.
If the Euphoria Bet bonus buy button is visible, players can enter it to play the game in three ways:
- Euphoria Spin – 30x the bet, RTP is 96.16%.
- Bonus Buy – 100x the bet, RTP is 96.49%.
- Super Free Spins – 300x the bet, RTP is 96.46%.
Euphoria Megaways: Slot Verdict
It's a testament to the quality of the first Euphoria slot that the Megaways version isn't a monstrously better game. Like, if your favoured operator offered Euphoria and not Euphoria Megaways, it wouldn't be the end of the world as we know it. That's not to take anything away from Euphoria Megaways, however, as it's definitely an improvement over the original with the same excellent set of features found in the first, plus a few added ones for good measure. In short, if the first slot floated your vessel, then Euphoria Megaways' expanded version should undoubtedly get your reactor turning over as well.
We say expanded, but in one critical area, Euphoria Megaways actually comes up short when compared to its older sibling. This would be in the area of winning potential where Euphoria Megaways taps out at 10,000x the bet, half of what it was before in the original. It might have been good to have the max win frequencies to make a deeper, apples-to-apples comparison, but since those stats weren't available, players will have to eyeball the differences. You'd imagine, with the extra thrust from having cascades, an extra reel, and way bigger win multipliers, that hitting half the potential of the first game would happen more often. Maybe not; it's hard to say accurately. Having said so, 10,000x is a respectful max and something most of us are unlikely to ever come close to. In fact, the original Euphoria slot is yet to prove it's worth when it comes to its max win claims, so...
What we can say is that Euphoria Megaways was every bit as exciting to play as the non-Megaways version and sure to launch lucky players off world should they catch it on a good day. It's not perfect; there are criticisms. For example, it might have been better if Euphoria Spins were guaranteed win spins, as it's a little annoying watching Star symbols stack a win multiplier and then have nothing to apply it to. Bah, a minor niggle in what is another etheric trip from iSoftBet that can blast players into orbit when the warp drive's kicking in.
Winning potential might have contracted, but the rest of Euphoria has gone through an exciting expansion process as part of the Megaways upgrade.