Mighty Griffin Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Overview
Fueling the fantasy-themed slot renaissance we seem to be experiencing at the moment comes Mighty Griffin Megaways from Blueprint Gaming. It’s not dragons this time; instead, we get the mythical griffin which was part lion, part eagle. It was revered in the middle ages as both animals were considered the kings of their respective domain. And it is back to the middle ages we go with Mighty Griffin – for the most part. Juxtaposed with all the castles and crags and ancient heraldry are extra gambling features such as prize ladders and dream wheels. The two worlds are jarring when you see them side by side, but let’s not judge too early. Instead let’s dive into the lost world of chivalry, knights, maidens, adventure, mythical beasts, and Reno style gaming.
Powering Mighty Griffin is the ubiquitous Megaways engine on loan from Big Time Gaming. This thing must have been used with just about every theme by now? Oh wait, we haven’t had a Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Megaways yet, right? Give it time. Anyway, Blueprint has maxed out the engine with 6 vertical reels which can hold up to 7 symbols each, as well as the 1x4 horizontal reel that runs along the top. This provides up to 117,649 win ways and all the mayhem that brings such as cascade wins.
Bet levels are relatively low but typical for these types of slots at 10 p/c to £/€10 per spin. With the kind of high potential on offer and winning caps it makes sense. RTP is a little trickier due to the Jackpot King feature and is a little on the low side at 95.46% + JP 0.08% + 0.41% Reserve. Volatility is suitably high, and, apologies for this list of stats, so far we could be describing any Megaways powered slot.
Symbol wise things start to get more diverse. Other than the 9 – A low pay card royals that is. Following them is a stash of gold symbols – a golden feather, a golden ring, a gold crown, and the griffin himself who pulls in 50 times the stake for 6 of a kind. The book is the wild and can only land on the 1x4 reel above the main grid. It helps form more winners by substituting for any of the base pay symbols.
Gameplay during the base game is what you would expect from Megaways. Winning symbols vanish off the screen to make way for new ones to fall in and (hopefully) lead to a long chain of winners. Mighty Griffin also has a long list of extra features to make to make the mythical creature perform.
Mighty Griffin Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Features
The features in play here are fairly standard with few surprises on offer. First out is the Mystery Symbol - when a spin comes to a stop, any orb mystery symbols in view will transform into one matching symbol at random which can be anything but the scatter.
The blue and gold griffin is the scatter which can land anywhere except on the 1x4 reel. Scatters reward cash prizes and award free spins when at least 3 of them land at once. When the Free Spins feature is triggered you first get a shot at the Golden Streak feature - it starts by spinning reels with only bonus symbols and free spaces on it. It will continue to spin until no more bonus symbols land, or the reels are full. Each symbol is worth a certain number of free spins which are tallied up. Then, before free spins launch, players are offered the chance to gamble them for more, or, lose them and head back to the main game. During the round, there is an unlimited multiplier that increases by 1 with every winning cascade. Scatters continue to appear, and 3 of them award 5 more spins, while 4 awards 10 additional spins.
Depending on how the operator has configured Mighty Griffin, non-UK players may also have access to the Legend Free Spins Bonus Bet. This is a buy feature that costs 75 times the stake to guarantee at least 3 scatters will fall on the next spin.
Last but not least is the Jackpot King Promotional Pot System. Again, this depends on operator configuration and is triggered by landing 4 Jackpot King overlay symbols. The action shifts to a different set up where players try to land at least 15 crown symbols to climb a ladder and unlock the Wheel King. After any spin, players choose one of three options:
- Spin – spin the reels to potentially collect more Crown symbols to add to the win ladder.
- Collect – ends the feature by awarding a Bonus Win that is calculated using the multiplier of the stake reached on the win ladder.
- Wheel King – go directly to the Wheel King Round.
The Wheel King is a dream wheel style device divided into several segments. Players spin the wheel to win a Promotional Jackpot or a Big Total Bet Multiplier. If one of the jackpots is won, it is reset and begins to build again.
Mighty Griffin Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Verdict
As veteran players may have already figured out, Mighty Griffin Megaways is heavily based on Wolf Legend Megaways. In fact, they're essentially the same slots bar the jackpot system. Given the fact that Mighty Griffin was created as an exclusive release, it comes as no big surprise as exclusives often tend to be clones.
Either way, Mighty Griffin Megaways is one of those games that has a lot going on. Like a wedding cake baked by a demented chef who couldn’t stop adding layers. Sure it has plenty of ways to win and big payouts on offer, but at its heart, it is indeed a Wolf Legend Megaways clone, with a lower RTP. If that floats your boat and you have a hankering for yet another Megaways extravaganza to fire up it may be worth a look.
For some reason, probably because we’ve seen this sort of thing several times already, it hard to get overly excited. Still, Mighty Griffin Megaways boasts big numbers and is more than capable of providing some entertaining gaming.
Mighty Griffin Megaways offers plenty of entertainment and an impressive top prize but is by no means an unmissable slot.