Jingle Ways Megaways: Slot Overview
Developer Red Tiger metaphorically stuffs another gift into a bulging stocking in the form of Jingle Ways Megaways. This is another contribution to the ever-growing selection of Christmas themed games, which like everything else related to the season, seem to be coming out earlier and earlier in the year. Ah well, it is a magical time after all, families get together, most people take some time off to unwind, and it’s a good excuse to overindulge at the dinner table. In that frame of mind, let’s give Jingle Ways Megaways a blast to see if it’ll help us get into the spirit.
Some say we’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas, and judging the season by Jingle Ways Megaways, this is sort of true. In this game, the emphasis is on presents, which line both sides of the screen, surrounding a grid also bearing gifts on its symbols or features. But hey, even if Christmas isn’t technically about presents, in this day and age, it kind of is, so not opening at least one gift would be a little unorthodox for those who celebrate it. Basically, what we are trying to say, is Jingle Ways Megaways looks and sounds well Christmassy, so when the action unfolds later in Santa’s Gifts or free spins, players have the chance to immerse themselves nicely in the season.
Laid out in a 6-reel block, up to 7 symbols may land on each reel, creating up to 117,649 ways to win. The number of symbols and ways varies on each spin as per Megaways, so a counter on the top centre of the screen helps you keep track. Jingle Ways Megaways is a highly volatile game, despite all this talk of gifts, and has a default theoretical payout value of 96%. It may be played on any device, where players can select stakes of 10 p/c to £/€10 per spin.
Hitting a winning combination of matching symbols from the left-hand side not only results in a payout it also triggers the chain reaction mechanism. This explodes winning symbols off the grid and replaces them with new symbols, possibly leading to additional wins. This process ticks on, racking up coins until no new wins appear, then it’s on with the next spin. The symbols themselves consist of 10-A card ranks as the low pays and five traditional Christmas icons as the high pays. Gold bells are the most valuable of the lot, worth 2.5x the bet for a six of a kind combination.
Jingle Ways Megaways: Slot Features
Jingle Ways Megaways’ main feature is its free spins round where a progressive, though capped, win multiplier is introduced. As well as this one, there are several side features which randomly appear when the Santa’s Gift feature is activated.
Santa Claus may randomly appear on the reels and present a gift for players to click open. From the box arises one of these modifiers:
- Mega Wilds cover an entire reel and have a ways multiplier of up to x7. Up to 4 Mega Wilds can land simultaneously and can only appear on the middle four reels.
- Festive Reels removes all low paying symbols from the panel when activated, resulting in a guaranteed win.
- Raining Wilds sprinkles a random number of wild symbols over the four middle reels for a guaranteed win.
- Multiplier Boost can only be triggered while the free spins bonus round is active. When opened, it adds a boost to the free spins multiplier of up to +5.
8 spins can either be awarded from Santa’s Gifts or is triggered when 3 snow globe scatters land on the reels. If more than 3 scatters are in view, each extra scatter awards an additional +2 free spins.
During free spins, a win multiplier starting at x1 becomes active. The multiplier increases after every win, up to a maximum of x15. Santa’s Gifts can trigger on free spins, and landing 3 scatters awards an additional +3 free spins, with every scatter over 3 in view worth an extra spin.
Jingle Ways Megaways: Slot Verdict
Picking a Christmas slot is like trying to choose a Christmas card off the rack. Some cards are original, maybe using humour to grab your attention and raise a chuckle. But a lot are generic, seasonal mass-produced items that often come in packs of ten or more, so you can buy a bunch, fire them off to everyone on your list and be done. Jingle Ways Megaways falls into this more general category, not exactly offering much in the way of individuality yet still steeped in Xmas atmos.
From theme to gameplay, which is close to Golden Leprechaun Megaways, a similar assessment applies. Megaways performs as it does on the fuller layout, though symbol win values in this game aren’t massive on their own. However, cascades help pile them on, and Santa’s Gifts can surprise at times. During the review, Raining Wilds were the most common modifier, followed by Festive Reels and Mega Wilds in terms of regularity. All could produce satisfying moments under the right conditions, and as you would expect, perform best in free spins when backed by the win multiplier. It is unusual to see a Megaways progressive multiplier capped at just x15, though limiting multipliers is a common measure in Red Tiger games. Overall potential remains high, despite any sort of multiplier cap, where top prizes max out at 10,500x the bet, though one wonders how decent mid-range returns fare with the multiplier limit in place.
For players after a spot of festive gaming powered by Megaways, you can’t really go wrong with Jingle Ways Megaways. It’s a little dry in terms of personality or innovation and doesn’t do anything particularly special, but what it does provide is difficult to fault, so it should fulfil the requirements for a well-made Christmas themed slot.
Jingle Ways Megaways is a rounded festive slot offering equal measures of Christmas, features, and decent potential winnings.