Scrooge Megaways slot REVIEW
Scrooge Megaways ReviewCharles Dickens’ famous Christmas ghost story about the miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his transformation into a more generous person, is almost as synonymous with the Holidays season as Santa himself. Unfortunately, we don’t think a reskin job is enough to transform iSoftBet’s mediocre and stingy Western Gold Megaways in to a more generous slot. The Xmas theme is well done though, with plenty of action commentary from Scrooge himself.
We do like the random maxed out Megaways spin you get, as it’s very seldom you see such spins land organically. The biggest problem with the original, and therefore also this Holidays version, is that squeezing out significant payouts from the hold-and-win style Cash Respin feature seems to require nothing short of a Christmas miracle. The largest jackpot is only 50x, and this concept would have fared much better if it was boosted up to at least 5,000x instead.
Scrooge Megaways Slot - Reels Screen
Scrooge Megaways Features
The premium symbols pay 2 to 25 x your stake for 6-oak wins, and the wild steps in for all regular pay symbols to help complete winning combos. It can land on reels 2 to 6 only, and the wild holds no value of its own. Winning symbols are removed via the Cascading Wins mechanic, and new/existing symbols drop down to fill the gaps. This repeats as long as you keep winning.
The Haunting of Christmas feature will trigger at random times, and it awards 1 of 2 modifiers. The Max Megaways modifier gives you a spin with a guaranteed maxed out 117,649 ways to win, while the Bonus Award adds extra scatters that might trigger the Scrooge Cash Respins feature.
You need 5+ scatters anywhere in view to trigger the Scrooge Cash Respins bonus round, and you start with 3 respins. Each new scatter that lands becomes sticky, and it also reset the respins tally to 3 again. The scatters come with bet multiplier numbers, and everything is summed up when the feature ends.
Filling a reel with cash prize scatters awards a reel multiplier that applies to all bet multipliers contained on the reel. Special Past, Present and Future jackpot scatters can also land, and these are worth 10, 25 and 50 x your stake, respectively. The feature ends if you fill all reels with sticky scatters, or when you run out of respins.
Non-UK players, and anyone living in an eligible jurisdiction, can take advantage of the Bonus Buy feature. It will set you back 50x your stake to purchase the Scrooge Cash Respins feature, and guarantees at least 5 triggering scatters. The RTP increases from 95.98 to 97 % if you buy the bonus.
The 200 Spins Scrooge Megaways Experience
You get to see a bit of the base game grind, before we purchase the Scrooge Cash Respins feature around 1:20 into the 5-minute highlights video. We’re not gonna reveal how many reels we filled, and whether or not we landed a Past, Present and/or Future prize, so you’ll have to hit the play button below to see for yourself.
Being a reskin of iSoftBet’s second Megaways release, Western Gold, which was a bit of a downer compared to their smash hit debut, Aztec Gold Megaways, we didn’t expect all that much from Scrooge Megaways. We were pleasantly surprised by the fun action commentary and the overall Xmas mood however, but the gameplay itself has unfortunately not changed one bit.
The maxed out Megaways spin modifier is probably your best shot at cracking the 12,000x potential, cause we hardly see how it can be done in the Scrooge Cash Respins round. Even a full grid with 6 active reel multipliers can award relatively small payouts in the 200x range, so you’ll need a whole lot of 50x Future symbols to do serious damage. Scrooge Megaways is a decent seasonal reskin job, but significantly larger jackpot prizes would have gone a long way.
If you appreciate Scrooge Megaways you should also try:
Western Gold Megaways - is the original iSoftBet wild west release, and it comes with the exact same math model and features. You can thus look forward to a more action-oriented theme, and the bonus round is all about sticky cash scatters that fill the reels to award multiplier boosts. The volatility is still medium to high, and you can win up to 12,000x your stake.
Christmas Carol Megaways - is a seasonal reskin job from Pragmatic Play, and it’s built on the template of their popular Great Rhino Megaways. You can play with up to 200,704 win ways in this Xmas release, and the ante-bet doubles your bonus round chances. The max win is 20,000x your stake, and the most volatile FS option starts with an x10 multiplier.
Santa King Megaways - is a Chirstmas version of the popular reel king concept from Inspired Gaming, and you get cascading wins and up to 117,649 ways to win. Cascades illuminate reels to trigger the King feature, where you can win cash prizes. This can also award the unlimited multiplier bonus round for payouts up to 12,500x your stake.
Scrooge Megaways Slot FAQs
What is the RTP of Scrooge Megaways?
The 95.98 % return to player is about as average as they come, and the theoretical returns increase to a solid 97 % if you buy the bonus round (not available in the UK).
How volatile is Scrooge Megaways?
This is a medium to high volatility release from iSoftBet, just like the original game.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can win up to 12,000x your stake, which is fairly average for the Megaways engine.
How does the Haunting of Christmas feature work?
Triggered at random times, it awards a maxed out Megaways spin or extra scatters that might trigger the bonus round.
Is there a free spins mode in Scrooge Megaways?
Yes, it’s a hold-and-win style Scrooge Cash Respins feature, and you’ll collect sticky cash scatters that reset the spin tally to 3 each time they land. 3 special jackpot scatters up to 50x can also land, and filling reels with scatters award a reel multiplier that applies to all scatter prizes on that reel.
How many winning ways are available?
You can play with up to 117,649 win ways in Scrooge Megaways, which is a fairly standard number for this engine.
On the eve of New Years holidays, any miracles are possible - even cascading drums, lucrative modifiers and buying a bonus at Scrooge Megaways. The iSoftBet provider created this slot based on the story "A Christmas Carol". As in the original, the main character is Mr. Scrooge. Who is this?
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