Gorilla Gold Megaways: Overview
If you've ever thought that playing one Megaways slot at full power isn't quite enough, then rest assured you aren't alone. The creative chaps at Blueprint Gaming are in full agreement with that sentiment and have crammed not one, or two, or even three, but four Megaways reels into their new game. Utilising a game mechanic cheekily titled Power 4 Play, this Megaways extravaganza will excite fans the randomized win ways system whilst possibly even intrigue the naysayers. Gorilla Gold Megaways might appear a little gimmicky at first, but once you see how Blueprint uses the four slots to maximise a phenomenal bonus game, it all makes perfect sense.
Booting up the game, it instantly becomes clear that the game oozes quality and that no corners have been cut. The spinning of the reels is smooth as silk, the sound effects are on point and the rich, dense visual presentation is just phenomenal. There is a jungle background to the game dominated by a vines and a bit of dank greenery, although the screen is overwhelmingly occupied by the four game areas.
Each of the game areas, or slots if you will, have 6 main reels, up to 7 symbols high with the standard 1x4 horizontal reel running along the top of each slot. Get ready for a win way overload, because with four Megaways running at full power there are a colossal 470,596 win ways possible on a single spin. Each slot comes with the cascade feature too. This feature causes a chain reaction, where winning symbols explode off the reels to let fresh symbols cascade into the empty spots for more chances to win.
All four slots can land winners simultaneously and when that happens, the game cycles through each slot one by one as they play out their cascades. It can be quite a lengthy procedure at times, but when the wins rack up it makes the wait sweeter. If it's too slow for you, then below the play button are a couple of arrows which can increase the speed of the gameplay.
To get the reels rollin', players select bets using the up and down buttons to select between 0.10 c/p and 10 £/€. Keep in mind though, that this is multiplied by five – x4 for the four reels plus x1 for the Super Bet. When these elements are factored in they create total wagers of 50 p/c to £/€50 per spin. Mathematically, the high volatility of Gorilla Gold Megaways is expected. The exceptionally generous 97% RTP, however, is not. Even better, since Blueprint Gaming does not utilise flexible RTP this is what you can expect to see across all casinos.
The rules of the base game follow the typical Megaways pattern. To start with, the 10-A royals need at least three of a kind consecutively in view to trigger a payout. The high pays are a bit more generous, and need three of a kind as well, except the Gorilla which only requires two. There are four high pays, all creatures of the jungle - a purple snake, a crocodile, a tiger, and of course the Gorilla - six of him are worth 50 times the stake which is much better than the other premiums that pay x2-x5 for six of a kind. Rounding off the symbols is a plain old wild which substitutes for any pay symbol and lands only above reels 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Gorilla Gold Megaways: Features
In some ways, the features you get with Gorilla Gold Megaways are your standard Megaways extras, but Blueprint has used the four slots to greatly amplify their potential. Let's start with a more mundane feature and work our way up. Leading off is the Mystery Symbol which lands at random and changes into any one matching symbol, except the scatter or the wild, when revealed.
More importantly, the diamond symbol is the scatter and 4 or more on a single slot trigger the Gorilla Gold Bonus. This feature begins by spinning a wheel with these following awards:
- 4 scatters – up to 20 free spins or 15 Super Spins.
- 5 scatters – up to 25 free spins or 20 super spins.
- 6 scatters – up to 30 free spins or 25 super spins.
- 7 scatters – up to 35 free spins or 30 super spins.
Next, players can use the Gamble feature for more free spins or super spins by spinning a wheel split into red and green segments. Land on green and receive an upgrade, land on red, and you receive less or even no free spins. Or, skip the gambling and hit collect to head straight to the bonus game.
The standard Free Spins round is played in the traditional way - it comes with a win multiplier that starts at x1 and increases by +1 with each cascade. The diamond scatter can appear on the bonus reel and landing 3 or 4 awards 5 or 10 more free spins.
Trigger the Super Spins bonus on the other hand and it’s time to buckle up for some straight up mayhem. Super free spins start with one slot active, but by collecting monkey tokens, players can unlock the remaining slots one at a time. Collect 5, 15, or 30 golden monkeys to unlock the 2nd, 3rd and 4th slot. Whenever a new slot is unlocked, 5+ spins are added to the tally.
Interestingly, there will be a Bonus Guarantee waiting for you should your Super Spins bonus round turn out to be a real bummer. If the total winnings during Supers Spins fall below 100x the super spin bet, 5 additional spins are awarded.
Gorilla Gold Megaways: Verdict
If Gorilla Gold Megaways was a vehicle, it would be one of those American Muscle Cars with a huge engine poking out of the bonnet. That is, completely over the top, yet surprisingly graceful, with a ludicrous amount of horsepower. There could have been issues with animation, symbol size, or lag, but Blueprint has done a stellar job of not letting the pace or action get bogged down and muddied up by the sheer amount of activity taking place on screen.
With any slot, the bonus game is where the hottest action usually takes place. Think of what one Megaways slot can do during free spins, now picture what that can turn out to be when multiplied by four. One of the biggest beneficiaries is the unlimited win multiplier, which can go ballistic with four sets of cascading slots feeding into it.
If Gorilla Gold Megaways had only served up one slot it would have been a pretty good game in its own right. Sure, a little unoriginal, a tad regular perhaps, but not too bad. With four slots in action, it's next level. Okay, so the concept isn't totally original as the quad slot format has shown up in slots like Cash Pump, 4 Reel Kings, and Arizona Diamonds Quattro to name a few. In fact, it's not even the first Megaways slot to make use of the idea as we've seen in Blueprint's own Luck O' The Irish Megaways slot.
All that's left to consider is potential, and Gorilla Gold Megaways doesn't disappoint in that regard either. When this gorilla powered slot beats its chest at full power, wins of up to 20,000 times the stake are on the cards, or £250,000 - whichever comes first. Factor potential in with the excellent build quality, the super spins bedlam that Gorilla Gold Megaways can produce and you have one wild slot on your hands.
Gorilla Gold Megaways (Blueprint Gaming)
Game title: Gorilla Gold Megaways
● Reels: 6
● Rows: 2-7
● Paylines: Up to 470,596
● RTP: 97.0%
● Max Payout: 20,000x
● Variance: H
● Bets: 0.10 - 10 EUR (0.50 - 50 EUR Super Bet)
● Features: 4 Slots in One, Mystery Symbol, Super Token Collect Feature, Free Spins, Super Free Spins, Free Spins Gamble
● Release Date: April 16, 2020
Bigwinboard Rating - 88%