Valletta Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Review
Valletta Megaways is not just a slot, it's a homage to the heartland of the iGaming industry. The southernmost capital of Europe, the Maltese city of Valletta has a long and rather turbulent history, with many decisive battles having taken place on the little rocky island, most notably against the Ottoman Empire and during Wold War II when much of the city was turned to rubble.
The city is characterised by its 16th-century baroque buildings and fortifications but is most widely associated with low taxes these days, along with being home to many large-scale casino companies.
With a similar feel, Valletta Megaways follows in the footsteps of the 2018 smash hit slot Napoleon, offering high volatility, massive potential and an epic warfare narrative. Available to play from 0.10 to 10€ per spin, this 6-reel slot makes use of the ever-so-trendy Megaways engine, making it possible for each reel to generate between 2 and 5 symbols to randomly give you up to 15,625 win ways.
It comes with 3 base game modifiers that can either add extra scatters and wilds at the reels or award the Valletta Streaks feature. There's also a Free Spins bonus where you'll benefit from the Valletta Streaks feature activating on any win.
The designers have done a phenomenal job here we have to say, resulting in an epic production backed by a strong ensemble soundtrack. Catapulted back in time to what we assume is 1565 and the Great Siege of Malta, the reels stand on the defensive walls of Valletta, overlooking the shores and fiery skies in the backdrop. It's intensively spectacular as you will see.
The standard symbol set includes 9 to A royals as well as more valuable swords, shields, maps and lions, the latter being the most rewarding symbol with 6 on a payline giving you 25 times your stake. The Knight is the wild and only appears on reels 2 to 6 and substitutes for all symbol bar the scatter.
Valletta Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Features
Valletta Megaways is quite a busy slot that will keep you on your toes throughout your session. During the base game, the modifier feature can randomly trigger to give you 1 of the 3 following modifiers:
- Bonus symbols - extra scatters are added to the reels, increasing the odds of triggering the bonus.
- Wild symbols - extra wilds are added to the reels, increasing the odds of landing winning combinations.
- Valletta Streak - one Valletta Streak spin is awarded. Essentially a win streak feature, winning combinations landing in view are held while the remaining reels re-spin. The feature ends when there are no new symbols connecting on a spin or if no new winning combinations appear.
If you're a fan of win streak features, you'll get a good dose of it in the Free Spins bonus - 3, 4, 5 or 6 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels awards 10, 12, 15 or 20 Valletta Free Spins respectively. Here, you'll benefit from the Valletta Streak feature activating on any win. Fill the window with winning symbols and you'll trigger additional spins.
Valletta Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Verdict
Typical of Blueprint Gaming, Valletta Megaways is a busy slot filled to the brim with action that borrows elements from other popular Blueprint titles such as Jackpot Genies Megaways. What stands out the most, however, is not so much the gameplay, but rather the look and feel of it. Having a fascination for history and warfare, we were quite intrigued by the audiovisual presentation, compelling us to learn more of what went down on this isolated little island.
As a gambling machine, it's quite volatile, offering a max win potential of 10,000 times your stake or €250,000, whichever is reached first. When you walk out into the battlefield, just remember - he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.
If you’re looking for some Megaways action, you could certainly do worse.