Get ready for another high variance monster slot in Big Time Gaming’s first ever branded release – WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE
Updated on the 12th of September.
You heard it here first people. Big Time Gaming’s upcoming release is going to be based on the British game show franchise Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, now owned by Sony and turned into an international phenomenon. It’s quite unlikely that anyone reading this has never heard of the show, but in case you haven’t, it’s basically a quiz show.
One contestant at a time is put on the spot, faced against a host armed with a series of questions. For every correct answer, the contestant collects a cash prize and moves up the ladder towards increasingly difficult questions and higher cash prizes. To help the contestant along the way, a set of lifelines is available to them, which, for example, includes calling a friend to ask for help.
There are also safety nets implemented on the prize ladder which means that if a player gets a question wrong, but had reached a ‘locked’ value, they will be guaranteed to walk away with that cash prize. A player can also choose not to answer a question and take the money already collected during the course of the game.
What can we expect from the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire slot?
Game providers seem to be of the opinion that branded slots are a big thing, with Microgaming and NetEnt being at the forefront in this aspect, both having released several more or less successful titles over the years. But looking at the slot community, players don’t seem to share the same enthusiasm. Branded slots usually look good, but often fails to walk the walk. The reason for this could very well be the fact that licenses for famous brands are expensive, and someone has to pay for it. Do you see where we are going with this? That someone is you, the player.
Experienced players are good at spotting bad games and don’t allow themselves to be led on by fancy visuals. The broader spectrum of players, on the other hand, are more likely to fall for the looks, which of course makes these branded games commercially lucrative for the providers. With that said, there are examples of good branded games, most of which have been released by Microgaming – Game of Thrones 243, Terminator II, Jurassic Park, and Playboy are all excellent games and considered some of the best in the world of online slots.
So what about Big Time Gaming’s first branded release, the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire slot? Unfortunately for our readers, we have promised not to reveal any detailed information about the game. This is also why we have chosen not to publish actual game footage. Big Time Gaming, unlike most other providers, have a thing for releasing their games exclusively with the help of popular casino youtube affiliates, which means we have to wait for the lions to have theirs before we, the hyenas, can have our share. Not optimal for us, nor our readers of course, but in return we promise to be brutally honest, which is likely harder for someone allowed exclusivity.
What we know for sure
All we can say about the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire slot is that it will feature the MegaWays mechanics and that players will instantly be able to identify it as a Big Time Gaming slot, so no significant changes in regard to the typical characteristics usually associated with Big Time Gaming. In fact, at first glance, it appears strikingly similar to another Big Time Gaming slot. Furthermore, it is not a jackpot game as some have speculated and it has been confirmed from official sources that it will include a gamble feature, like the one found in Extra Chilli, making it possible to win up to 50 free spins with increasing multipliers. This suggests that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire by BTG could possibly be a clone of Extra Chilli.
It isn’t the first time the concept has been tried, however. In 2012, a small studio called Ash Gaming launched a 5 reel, 50 pay line version of the franchise, which didn’t have much success. Earlier this year, Red Tiger Gaming released Deal or No Deal, also a TV-show of a similar format.
We’re itching to tell you more about the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire slot, which we have already had the opportunity to play, but with our hands tied, this is all we can share for the time being. We can expect to see some game footage in October when Big Time Gaming will showcase the slot during the G2E Las Vegas event. It has also been confirmed that Millionaire will be launched exclusively on LeoVegas on the 18th of November, followed by a general release later on via Scientific Games and Microgaming networks.
We will, of course, keep you guys updated and turn this article into an in-depth review as soon as it becomes available to us.