Wish Upon a Jackpot Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Overview
Fairy tale slots are popular and classic story themed games abound. The original Wish Upon a Jackpot, released by Blueprint in 2013, was one of the few to combine so many different stories into one game. From Cinderella to the Gingerbread Man, players were entertained by a bevvy of childhood characters flavouring its many features. Blueprint has brought the game back and given it quite a revamp. Usually, Megaways updates result in an expansion of features and functions. While the mechanics have been expanded, fans may be surprised by how many elements of the original have been dropped.
Naturally the setup has changed, with the old fashioned 5x3 grid replaced by the 6 reel setup that we've come to expect from slots utilising the Megaways engine. Moreover, with up to 117,649 ways to win when fully expanded, the remake is a far cry from the 20 bet ways from before. Visually, some improvements have been made though it's quite subtle rather than a huge shift. For example, the backdrop has been given an upgrade, the purpley/pink filter has been dialled up, and the waving trees evoke a magical atmosphere. Overall, it stays true to the original with its clunky and dated animations.
Bets get the game rolling and start at 20 p/c up to £/€100 a spin. One negative aspect of the original that was an RTP rating that could be found as low as 92.46% if connected to the jackpot system. Blueprint has boosted that stat for the remake to a healthier figure of 95.5%. Volatility remains suitably high, so stats provide an inviting start to the tale.
The developers have largely left the symbols alone which links well to the original. The low pay Royals are done in the same font, and the premiums are the same lyre, glass slipper, castle, and logo as before. Most symbols form winning combinations of three or more, except the logo which only needs two of a kind. Lending a hand are two wilds, a standard 1x1 wild, and a stacked beanstalk wild that only appears when certain features are active. Both can substitute for any symbol in the game except the scatter.
The most valuable pay symbol is the logo which awards 25 times the stake for six of a kind. The low values of the remaining symbols are balanced out by the cascade symbols feature which mean that chain reactions of winning combinations are possible on a single spin. This is possible because winning symbols are removed from the reels to let new symbols fall into the empty spaces and continue to cascade until no new winners are created.
Wish Upon a Jackpot Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Features
Blueprint has gone back to the drawing board and had a complete rethink of the features. Some remain, some have been culled. What remains are features that are triggered by the scatter as well as some that appear out of the blue during the base game.
From time to time the Fairy Godmother wafts onto the screen and can award a Fairy Godmother Spin - 3 orbs shimmer over the reels and players choose one that is applied to the spin:
- Magic Beanstalk Stacked Wilds: Jack waltzes past the reels dropping beans while they spin. Some take root and grow; some don't. Those that do, fill the reel above them with a stacked beanstalk wild. These stacked wilds can also have multipliers up to x7 attached to them.
- Pigs Can Fly: The three little pigs invade the game and sprinkle wilds over the reels at random.
- Golden Arrow Mystery Spin: Adds up to 100 mystery symbols to the reels. Mystery symbols change to reveal the same symbol which can be anything but wilds or scatters.
The final feature is the Fairy Godmother Free Spins round. This is triggered when 3 or more bonus symbols land to award 10 free spins. Once again the golden orbs return and you pick one to reveal one of the modifiers mentioned - the modifier picked has a far higher chance of triggering compared to the base game. Also, the round includes an unlimited win multiplier which increases by +1 following every cascade. The win multiplier doesn't reset after each spin which is nice and increases until the feature ends. The round can be extended since any bonus symbol that lands adds 1 free spin.
Wish Upon a Jackpot Megaways (Blueprint Gaming): Verdict
Fans of the original are likely to react in one of two ways. One, they'll feel like their fairy godmother has granted a wish and will be over the moon with the remake. It retains the magic of the first while marrying its charm to the Megaways engine. Yes, it has had quite a thorough shakeup, but no one said that sequels have to be exactly the same. For the second group, the shakeup will have been too vigorous. These fans will feel short-changed by the features lying lifeless on the cutting room floor. The original had a ton of extras and it must have been hard for Blueprint to choose which ones to retain, and which ones to kill off.
You can see why they might have chosen to do so. The original features broke up play and slowed the game down, while the remake is more streamlined and flows better. It does mean Wish Upon a Jackpot Megaways loses some of its unique personality. For example, Rumpelstiltskin's Deal Maker, and Jack's 1,000x Golden Goose are nowhere to be found. Still, RTP is up, as is potential. When it comes to rewards, Blueprint have slapped a cap on it of £250,000 or 50,000 times the stake - whichever comes first.
That leaves players exposed to Wish Upon a Jackpot for the first time. What has it got to offer them? Well, it's not the best use of Megaways - animations are a little clunky, and the theme is a little kiddy. Still, it’s not a bad game and it’s a remake that dared to alienate fans of the first with some controversial changes.
It’s a solid enough slot, but the weakness of Wish Upon A Jackpot Megaways’ gameplay undermines what could have been a much more enjoyable experience.