Mega Flip: Overview
Developer Relax Gaming drags players onto the dance floor in their classically inspired slot Mega Flip. It isn't completely retro though, a combination of new features and mechanics bring something newish to the gameplay. It remains Vegas-style at heart, however, like a 70s disco party, held under a shower of generic symbols. Fruit fans get to enjoy a new twist on their favourite theme, while others might appreciate respins that can go quite large, culminating in a flipped round of free spins.
If you are going to go down the classic route, you kind of need an angle to generate some intrigue. It's not an entirely new approach and the 2-2-3-3-4-4 format has been used many times in the past. The difference here is that you get 18 individual reels with 108 connected ways to strike it lucky on.
Significantly less original is the electronic soundtrack, which is mandatory on this type of game. It's alright; it gets the foot-tapping but isn't the most stimulating track you'll come across. The lacklustre tune isn't enough to put anyone loading up bets to see what the rest of the game can do though. Wagers must be placed from 20 p/c up to £/€100 per spin before hitting play to watch the symbols drop through. Despite the altered setup, the task is simple - 3 or more matching symbols left to right results in a payout.
The math model borrows disco’s go hard or go home creed and is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Relax Gaming use a dice icon to rate volatility, and Mega Flip earns the full 5 out of 5 in that regard. Hits come at a rate of nearly one in four, or 24.79%, so fairly frequent, though standard symbol combos aren't exactly massive. RTP is good at 96.2%, making it slightly above average so no issues in the stats department.
Depending on how you view these kinds of games the paytable is enough to make you laugh or cry. Those down for some fruity fun will enjoy the plums, oranges, and cherries making up the low pays. Classic symbols reign supreme for the high pays too, including bells, shamrocks, stars, and sevens. Thanks to the multiplier/respins feature, covered below; the symbol values are rather low. As an indicator, 6 plums are worth 0.3 times the stake, up to 6 sevens which are worth 2 times the stake. You really need those features bopping on the dance floor if you want to get anywhere.
Mega Flip: Features
Mega Flip has two features brightening the party - respins, which pop up relatively often, alongside a free spins round which is far more elusive.
Just below the main reels is an additional reel rotating horizontally. If this reel lights up saying 'Respin' in conjunction with a win, then a respin is triggered. During the respin feature, winning symbols lock and respins keep on coming as long as new winning symbols land.
Also, filling a reel with winning symbols activates the multiplier above it. However, multipliers are activated in sequential order, meaning the 1st reel must be filled first, then the 2nd and so on. Let's say reels 2, 3, and 4 are filled, but the first is not, then no multiplier is awarded. If the 1st reel is filled on the next respin though, then the 4th reel multiplier immediately becomes active in this example. During the base game, the multiplier ascends through values of x2, x3, x4, x5, x6, and x7.
You probably don't need us to tell you to keep an eye for the diamond symbol. Landing 3 in the main game triggers the Free Spins feature. Exactly 3 awards 8 free spins with every additional diamond in view awarding 2 extra free spins.
During free spins, the reel area is flipped horizontally lining the reels up in a 4-4-3-3-2-2 fashion to increase hit rate. The respins reel gets locked, so respins are awarded on any initial winning combination. Multipliers no longer have to be activated by filling the first reel onwards either. For example, if the 6th reel is full, it activates the x2 on the first reel, even if the first reel is not.
Lastly, landing 3 Diamond symbols retriggers the feature and award 4 more spins, with each additional diamond adding 2 extra spins. For every free spins retrigger, the potential multipliers are all increased by one.
Mega Flip: Verdict
Mega Flip can be a bit of fun at first. Its unusual reel setup is intriguing and hitting a decent respin early on can leave you wanting more. You get tantalisingly close to full grids relatively often too, which provides motivation to keep trying for the next one. It can get frustrating when a significant proportion of the grid is filled with winning symbols, but not get two in the first reel, preventing you from activating any multipliers.
The situation improves during free spins as it usually does since having respins on every winning combination is a major help. The scenario you want is a full grid of sevens, which is worth 1,512 times your stake with the x7 multiplier active. At full capacity, however, Mega Flip comes with potential of up to 5,495 times the stake.
For players looking for another classically Twin Spin inspired hit, Mega Flip isn't a bad option. It's got a few things you might not have seen before, predominantly the grid arrangement, so there's that. If you're up for more fruit in jazzy surrounds, that's a little bit different, sure why not? If not, then Mega Flip can come across as a local DJ struggling to warm up a crowd before the international headliner takes command of the room.
Mega Flip makes use of every cliché in the genre, but the gameplay still manages to serve up a few treats that might make it worth while.