Reel King Mega (Red Tiger): Review
To most continental gamblers, Reel King is just another Novomatic slot. Mention it to UK players, however, and they might start to reminisce of the good ol' days, or start to sweat profusely while sharing bitter recollections of shameful drunken sessions. Originally released by Barcrest, Reel King is a classic slot machine that became a favourite in pubs all over the UK, and subsequently turned into an online slot by Novomatic after acquiring a license from Barcrest. Passing the torch on to Red Tiger, Reel King becomes Reel King Mega, rolling out on the digital shelves to take on a new generation of players who, before long, will have epic stories of their own to tell.
With the classic fruit machine style preserved, and with a touch of Las Vegas, Reel King Mega is a 5-reel, 20-payline slot developed by Novomatic subsidiary Astra Group and powered by Red Tiger. Playable across all devices from as little as 20 cents to 200€ per spin, the game comes with Super Symbols that can appear 2x2 in size, a randomly triggered base game feature that transforms standard symbols into wilds, and a unique bonus game with a mini slot machine featuring its own special reels.
The paytable is undoubtedly an odd one, but that's always been the point of Reel King, to stand out as unique and quirky. With the order of the symbols thrown around, on the reels you'll see lower value cherries, plums, 10's and J's alongside more rewarding Q's, K's and bags full of gold coins - the latter being the most rewarding, giving you 25 times your stake for 5 in line. The fool's hat is the wild which substitutes for all symbols. All symbols can appear 2x2 in size, even the wild! These are known as Super Symbols.
Reel King Mega (Red Tiger): Features
Reel King Mega comes with a randomly triggered base game feature known as the King's Crown feature. When triggered, which happens quite frequently, the crown sitting on the title logo will start to bounce around on the reels while swapping symbols into wilds, including Super Symbols. Most of the time you'll get one or two wilds, but the feature is capable of giving you more than that.
The vast majority of the bigger wins will come from the Reel King feature - this bonus game is not triggered the traditional way of landing 3 scatter symbols. Instead, it comes into play when all 5 reels are highlighted with a yellow background. Once triggered, up to 5 cartoon king's may appear on the reels, each with its own special set of reels. The king will spin his reels, giving you 2, 5, 10, or 25 times your stake for 3 of a kind mixed, blue, yellow or red sevens respectively. The feature continues until a losing spin occurs.
There's also a Gamble Wheel feature for those that are feeling extra lucky, and which, according to the paytable, is 100% random with 100% RTP.
Reel King Mega (Red Tiger): Verdict
Capitalising on the well-known brand that Reel King is, Red Tiger's version is a game that will entertain a small niche of players, but lacks the mass appeal to go viral. For this reason, regular players might find the 500 xbet potential, low volatility and dated design a bit unsexy, while those with a more personal connection to the brand will actively seek it out for a walk down memory lane. The whole point of Reel King Mega was never to compete with the big titles - it's a game for enthusiasts made by even bigger enthusiasts, and that is exactly how it needs to be appreciated.
The Reel King Mega remake is mostly the slot you know and love, for better and for worse.