Twin Spin Megaways: Slot Overview
In a landmark moment, developer NetEnt has produced their very first in-house Megaways driven slot. Whilst we’ve seen other iconic NetEnt titles get the Megaways makeover, perhaps the most noteworthy so far being Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, these have been handled by partner studio Red Tiger. As the saying goes, ‘History’s about to change’, and NetEnt landed on one of their most popular releases of all time, Twin Spin, as the ideal candidate.
Before a collective shiver of dread shimmers through the community, know Twin Spin Megaways is nothing like the low thrills whirl Twin Spin Deluxe was. NetEnt learnt the valuable lesson that sequels need to offer something more, not less, than the original, otherwise what’s the point? Additional pressure is added by the Megaways license from Big Time Gaming, conveniently included in the Red Tiger acquisition. Jam this versatile engine on an old game and you are left with no choice but to go large. This NetEnt has done, to almost every aspect of Twin Spin Megaways.
When the game loads, the new Megaways influence is obvious. The reels look a hundred times glitzier, but the rest of the view is reassuringly familiar. The same ‘going to light speed’ background hangs behind the 6 reel grid recalling an old-school club feel enhanced further by the big band funk soundtrack, making full use of a horn section to recreate the 1970s disco/Sesame Street era vibe. NetEnt has astutely kept enough of the old not to produce too much of a jolt, which goes for both the visual design as well as the way the Megaways engine has been incorporated into the gameplay. Here, 2 – 7 symbols land on each reel during the base game, the number varying on every spin, producing up to 117,649 ways to win.
Twin Spin Megaways is playable on any device, offering a wide range of stakes of 10 p/c to £/€200 per spin. The new version produces figures that are similar in some regards, very different in others. One which hasn’t changed too much is the RTP, down a tad on a rating of 96.04%, while volatility has been turned up to high. Another major change is the max win capability, and we’ll lay out just how drastically shortly.
The same symbols as before make their return, meaning 9-A card royals, as well as cherries, bells, bars, sevens, and diamonds as the five premiums. Payout values have taken a hit, to compensate for the Megaways/avalanche feature, so premiums are now worth from 1 to 10 times the stake for six of a kind.
Twin Spin Megaways: Slot Features
There are definitely a whole lot more features going on now compared to the original. As well as the namesake Twin Reel feature, players get avalanches, free spins, and multiplier wilds. As is often the case in Megaways slots, every win here triggers the avalanche feature which clears winning symbols from the reels, letting new ones drop into the empty spaces. Avalanches keep happening as long as new wins continue to occur.
At the start of each spin, two or more adjacent reels are randomly chosen to be Twin Reels. Twin Reels display identical synchronized symbols, though if part of an avalanche, different symbols cascade down. This feature is present in the base and bonus game.
One of the biggest changes is the inclusion of free spins which were absent from the previous two. These are triggered when 5 scatters land on the reels, awarding 15 free spins. Any extra scatter in view adds 1 free spin to the amount. During free spins, players can look forward to two major benefits – the reels are always maxed out at 7 symbols high and wild multipliers also come into play. Wild multipliers have values or x2 or x3, and when used in a win the number of winning symbol occurrences on the reel increases by 2 or 3 respectively. Lastly, the bonus is extended by 15 free spins if 5 scatters land during the feature.
Twin Spin Megaways: Slot Verdict
The old sequel, Twin Spin Deluxe, failed to hit the right note so badly NetEnt withdrew it as part of a house cleaning of non-performing slots. Responding to the whims of the market, NetEnt has taken the updated Megaways version of Twin Spin in the complete opposite direction. As expected, everything is bigger now – reels, gameplay, and potential.
Starting with the gameplay, the locking reels plus Megaways combo fit like a glove, the only downer being that avalanches on linked reels aren’t synced. Not a deal breaker though since solid rolls of wins are still possible without them.
The new features are a welcome addition, though don’t expect them to affect the game regularly. Free spins aren’t common, but that shouldn’t phase fans too much since the original didn’t have any at all. Another area where there is unlikely to be many complaints is potential. Twin Spin pumped out wins of up to 1,080x, whereas the inclusion of free spins now pushes this figure well over 10,000 times the stake. A testament to how potent having six reels display the full 7 rows throughout the free spins feature is.
Perhaps the main concern for fans is the classic gameplay of the older slot has been tossed out the window to a degree. Like Gonzo’s Quest devotees reacting to the Red Tiger Megaways version, players who prefer the ‘less is more’ approach might baulk at what NetEnt has done to their beloved game. Others will no doubt appreciate the modernised result though. The update is a much more polished product with better features and deeper gameplay. Whilst it’s a bit scaled down to accommodate old school fans, the execution is flawless, offering a smooth ride from the first to last spin. In other words, it has a nice, relaxing, continuous pulse to it.
Add it all up, and there is no reason why Twin Spin Megaways won’t be a massive hit like the original. Some have argued NetEnt practically invented the fruit slot with a modern twist genre, and Twin Spin Megaways is another step in its evolution. It isn’t the first to offer a synced reels/Megaways mix, having shown up in Queen of Riches Megaways and Mystery Spin Deluxe Megaways. However, when accounting Twin Spin’s pedigree, it is well-positioned to be the biggest.
Twin Spin Megaways captures all of the good points of the original while making several improvements.