88 Fortunes Megaways Slot Review – Shuffle Master
Recently in the casino industry, there have been a lot of game remakes. This is to improve and make room for the famous Megaways mechanic. This used to be something used in only Big Time Gaming releases. Now it is not so special, due to licensing agreements to allow other providers to use it. Todays remake is for a game originally released in 2016 and made by Scientific Games. Forward 3 years Shuffle Master has decided to remake this successful game and add Megaways. Along with updated visuals and a more 2019 modern feel. The game in question is ’88 Fortunes’, the new version is titled ’88 Fortunes Megaways’ and is available to play now across all sites.
When first looking at this game the main two colours you see are red and gold. These colours are mainly associated with Asian inspired themes in the slot world. Asian inspired games really bore me personally as too many have been created. Along with more still being released by providers. The game background is a basic red still image and the slot border is a carved gold. Visually this game looks basic, along with the symbol artwork. I would have hoped visuals would have looked better since this is a revamped version of the original.
88 Fortunes Megaways has a setup of 6 reels by 7 rows, this includes 117,649 ways. This game is medium-high variance due to the set RTP of 96.06%-96.27% and an unconfirmed max win of over 8,000x. You can bet from £0.08 – £88.
88 Fortunes Megaways Slot Review Symbols & Paytable
This game has 13 symbols in total, this includes 6 low paying symbols. These are represented by 9,10, J, Q, K, And A. There are also 4 premium symbols, these are represented by vases, turtles, ships and a jade carving. These 4 premium symbols and an additional coin symbol can appear as golden symbols as well as regular symbols. All symbols part of winning combinations disappear, symbols fall down and new symbols replace the gaps. You can choose how many gold symbols will appear, however, this will affect the cost of each spin. This selection is on the right side of the reel set.
There is also a Fu Bat symbol which substitutes for all symbols excluding the scatter. When one or more lands there is a chance to be awarded the picker feature. This symbol will only appear on reels 2-5 and coins are added to the coin pot when this symbol lands. The last symbol is the gong scatter which appears on reels 1-6. The most valuable symbol is the golden jade carving, which pays 11x for 6 across all reels.
88 Fortunes Megaways Features
One feature you will benefit from is the ‘Picker Feature’,this can be activated when you land a Fu Bat symbol. It is randomly activated by luck when this symbol lands. Once activated you are taken to a new screen which displays 15 golden coins. You can click these coins until you reveal 3 of the same colour. There are 3 different rewards you can earn;
- 10 free spins and an x6 multiplier start
- 12 free spins and an x4 multiplier start
- 15 free spins and an x2 multiplier start
The free spins feature can also be triggered by landing 4 or more gong scatter during one spin. 4 Scatters Award = 8 Free Spins, 5 Scatters Award = 10 Free Spins And 6 Scatters award 12 Free Spins. This can also be retriggered again for the same number of scatters and same number of spins. Each symbol win will increase the multiplier by 1x. This is typically a feature in Megaways incorporated games.
Overall, this game really bored me and it shows nothing new for Megaways releases. There are so many of these type of games now and they have flooded the casino market now. Features are typical and visuals are basic. It is a real shame and the only positive is the medium-high variance. Be sure to try the game for yourself and check out our exclusive casino offers,