Sweet Rush Megaways: Slot Overview
With a significant number of slots in its back catalogue already, software provider Bgaming is also warming to the opportunities provided by its Megaways licence from Big Time Gaming. The slot under today's microscope is titled Sweet Rush Megaways and is basically a reskin of previous BGaming release Aztec Magic Megaways. Maybe the team really fell for the earlier game's mechanics, or demand for a redo of it ran hot, or any number of other possible reasons. No matter the explanation, here we are with round two. This time, Bgaming has stripped the Central American outer coating away and replaced it with a candy one.
Sweet Rush Megaways isn't your typical candy-themed slot, though. There are no sweeping vistas of candy floss clouds, forests of candy canes, or masses of mouth-watering delights dotting the background as far as the eye can see. Instead, Sweet Rush Megaways takes place in arguably the least exciting part of the sweetie process – a factory where the stuff is pumped out. However, this is no sterile production line. Bgaming has created a charming environment where the treats are made, and where what looks like the head chef, a blue-moustachioed chap, has been added to the frame to keep players company while they attempt to squeeze stuff out. It's simple, it's pleasant, much like the slot it was built from in many ways.
To flick the switch and get the production line chugging means picking a base bet of 10 p/c to £/€20 and deciding whether to switch the Chance x2 button on or not. When it's on, the Chance x2 increases the chance of getting 3+ scatters in the main game, upping the stake by 50% in the process. The RTP is listed on the info page as 96.72% overall, rising to 96.76% when the Chance x2 is activated. Highly volatile, Sweet Rush Megaways is available on tablet, desktop, or mobile devices.
The game is played on 6 reel matrix, each reel containing between 2 to 7 symbols. Since symbol numbers vary, so does the number of ways to win - up to 117,649 when the grid is filled to capacity. Three to six-of-a-kind winning ways are possible using any of the 11 different pay symbols supplied. Five of them are 10-A card symbols, paying 0.5-0.7x the bet for six-of-a-kind, 0.8-2x is paid for landing six of the four kinds of sweets, or 5-10x the bet is awarded when six of the two high pay character symbols hit.
Sweet Rush Megaways: Slot Features
Like its predecessor, Sweet Rush Megaways is relatively light on features, doing away with Megaways staples such as reaction wins or a rising win multiplier in free spins. It does have a free spins round, though, as well as wild multipliers, and a bonus buy.
Wild Symbols with Multipliers
Wilds appear on reels 2, 3, 4, or 5 only and substitute for any symbol except the scatter. Wilds randomly get a multiplier of x1, x2, or x3 which multiplies any win they are part of. When more than one wild is part of a winning way, all of the multipliers apply to the win.
The gift-wrapped box is Sweet Rush Megaways' scatter symbol which appears on all six reels. In the base game, when 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters are in view, players are awarded 8, 10, 12, or 16 free spins, respectively. During the free spins round, when wild symbols land, they become sticky, meaning they remain on their reel for the remainder of the feature.
As well as triggering free spins organically, players may have the opportunity of buying the bonus round. Buying free spins costs 100x the bet and comes with a theoretical return value of 96.71%. The Buy Bonus is jurisdiction dependent.
Sweet Rush Megaways: Slot Verdict
There you have it, pretty short and sweet. Sorry, pun intended. Like Aztec Magic Megaways before it, Sweet Rush Megaways isn't a game players are likely to load up to experience the latest, cutting-edge, freak fest of experimental features. Actually, it's not a game players are likely to load up if they are in the mood to experience a long list of regular features, either. Axing any sort of reaction/cascade mechanic can be a little dicey, especially so when there's an absence of a win multiplier in free spins. It means that Sweet Rush Megaways might feel a little light on extras, as all there really is to look out for in the base game are those wild multipliers. Not a bad addition, but if you prefer stringing along runs of cascading wins when getting the Megaways treatment, Sweet Rush Megaways may feel a bit thin.
The good news is Bgaming has thickened the Sweet Rush Megaways experience by bolting a sticky trait onto wilds in the free spins round. Sticky wild multipliers aren't something you see every day in a Megaways slot, which might be a good enough reason for some players to give Sweet Rush Megaways a go. Admittedly, sticky wild multipliers are a lethal feature and the reason why, without the stock reaction/rising multiplier combo, Sweet Rush Megaways is still capable of powering out wins as high as 12,960 times the bet. Such is the potential power of the ol' sticky wild multiplier, explaining why it's such a perennial favourite.
Other slots released around the same time using sticky wild multipliers were Pragmatic Play's follow-up, The Dog House Multihold and Thunderkick's Western slot, The Wildos, showcasing the feature's popularity. Sticky wilds might not always stack in Sweet Rush Megaways in great numbers, yet when they do, the action could be quite exciting. It's not the most sophisticated game out there, but for a cute slot packing respectable numbers while shunning the usual batch of Megaways extras, Sweet Rush Megaways is pretty, well, sweet.
Sticky wilds might not always stack in Sweet Rush Megaways in great numbers, yet when they do, the action could be quite exciting.