Royale with Cheese Megaways: Slot Overview
Editor’s note: This review evaluates Royale With Cheese Megaways on its early access state. During testing, RTP was not available and the soundtrack was yet to be completed. We plan on updating this review should we feel need to once the game gets a full release.
Thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction, the non-French speaking world knows a ‘Royale with Cheese’ is what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris. The reason being “they got the metric system there, they wouldn’t know what the [heck] a quarter pounder is“. Well, we’re not driving through McDonalds in Royale With Cheese Megaways, but iSoftBet‘s game is indeed based around fast food. If you’re partial to a grilled burger lashed in cheese, ketchup, and mayo, you might very well fall for its greasy charms.
Set at an American 50s diner, the action in this Megaways powered slot takes place on a 6-reel game area, each of which can hold between 2 to 7 symbols. Running along the top horizontally above reels 2-5 is an extra reel, holding four more symbols. Thanks to the dynamic magic of Megaways, you can’t predict how many symbols will land on each spin, keeping things fresh, and producing up to 117,649 ways to win at maximum expansion.
The theme itself, along with its colour palette, and the fact it comes with a pre-bonus game round, tells us it’s likely Royale With Cheese Megaways could have been inspired by Big Time Gaming‘s Donuts slot. Here, just as in the slot mentioned, the base game takes place outside the joint, where a big chicken ornament at the top left brings to mind Los Pollos Hermanos from Breaking Bad, minus the negative combinations. In fact, a large part of Royale with Cheese’s charm is just how positive it feels. It’s as if iSoftBet has captured a part of the American spirit where everything’s upbeat, chrome, optimistic, and people are as satisfied as they can possibly be when their bellies are full of fries, shakes and burgers – supersized of course. iSoftBet has gone to town with the theme, bringing an old fashioned diner to life on whatever device you use, integrating its essential elements in the bonus features as we’ll see.
Royale with Cheese Megaways was not accompanied by a list of stats at the time of writing, so a little conjecture is required to fill in the blanks. Volatility is high, meaning a range of smaller wins interspersed by larger ones, which can be quite impressive at later stages of the game. RTP was not available, but as in most iSoftbet Megaways slots, expect a value in the 96% range. As well as being available on any device, players may select bets of 20 p/c to £/€20 per spin.
As already mentioned, Royale With Cheese Megaways undoubtedly has a Big Time Gaming vibe going on which becomes even more noticeable when looking at the way its 10-A royal symbols have been designed. These make up the low pays, and are followed up in the paytable by milkshakes, buns, fries, and a burger. Values aren’t as high as you often find in Megaways where 6 of a kind premium wins are worth 2 to 10 times your stake. Assisting players pull together combinations is a swirling sea blue Wild, substitute for all symbols except bonus or mystery symbols. You don’t see it often as it only lands in reels 2, 3, 4, or 5 on the top tracker.
Royale With Cheese Megaways: Slot Features
Once again, iSoftBet has taken a bunch of familiar features and successfully used the theme to jazz them up. Here we find staid classics such as cascades, Max Megaways, and free spins where a progressive multiplier is introduced.
Every winning combination in the base or bonus game is removed from the board and replaced by cascading symbols from above the reels. Consecutive wins from a single spin are possible using this method, which continues until no new win lands.
Triggered randomly, Max Megaways may suddenly activate on any base game spin. This forces the reels into their full 117,649 ways to win configuration, substantially increasing the hit rate and potential for that spin..
The highlight is the free spins round, triggered in two different ways. One is when 3 or more scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels with each additional scatter symbol in view adding +1 free spin. The other way to trigger the free spins round is when 5 consecutive cascades occur. Both methods activate the Build your Burger Bonus explained next.
Build your Burger is a pick me type game with a clever theme-based twist. Each pick reveals an ingredient which is added to a monster burger on the left of the screen. Ingredients award extra free spins, a higher starting multiplier, increased minimum Megaways, or removal of symbols. The first pick is always the bottom bun. When the top bun is revealed, the bonus ends and it’s off to free spins.
In free spins, a progressive win multiplier enters the fray, increasing by 1 following each successful cascade. On a last note, when 3 scatters land on the top tracker, 5 more spins are awarded.
Royale With Cheese Megaways: Slot Verdict
Royale With Cheese Megaways is one of those games that’s just really fun to play. Even if the thought of eating a burger is about as offensive as it gets to your taste buds, it’s hard not to be won over by the infectious good mood. iSoftBet has recreated an exuberant side of American culture and rammed it into a slot. With a bit of imagination, you can picture yourself cruising along a highway under the desert sun, ragtop down while blasting something from The Boss before pulling into a roadside diner to indulge in America’s contribution to world cuisine.
After that slight diversion, let’s bring it back to the game. Features wise, it’s true, you won’t find anything particularly new here. Like a gourmet burger though, the ingredients may be common, but the mix brings everything together like none other. The most original element, the Build your Burger feature, is a laugh which can get you off to a solid start in free spins if you manage to pick a high minimum Megaways or decent starting multiplier. It also adds an extra layer and dimension to it all, giving you the impression of being able to influence your fate. Once in, the free spins game plays like many other Megaways bonus games, just with extra salt. Also like other iSoftBet Megaways games, max potential of over 10,000x the bet is possible as well which is another incentive to try your luck.
Once again, iSoftBet has designed an immensely enjoyable slot off the back of BTG’s engine. Like eating fast food, it might not be fine dining, or hugely original, but darn if it isn’t a guilty pleasure at the time.
Royale With Cheese Megaways’s eccentric touches and wacky design make it a standout in the Megaways field.