Welcome back to our casino site for your latest serving of online slots scoop. Today we’re spicing it up a little with the latest of Pragmatic Play’s Slots to hit the market, which goes by the name of Chilli Heat Megaways. This is a sequel and one that doesn't live up to the standards set by the original, but there's still a hot respins feature as well as modifier symbols that set the reels alight with wins and awesome thrills. Is this just another slot to mark off the list, or has the studio delivered something to really get our mouth’s, and eye’s, watering?
Chilli Heat Megaways is a follow-up to the much loved Chilli Heat slot by Pragmatic Play – not to be confused with Chili Heat by Green Tube. The original was all the rage when it was released due to the progressive jackpot that is hosted and the bonus feature. Strangely, Pragmatic Play has decided to include neither in this sequel, which makes you wonder what the point of the sequel is. What is new, however, is a horizontal reel that sits atop the six vertical reels. This reel sees symbols that are unique land to drop modifiers onto the six regular reels. But we'll discuss that in more detail a little later. Another new addition is obviously the Megaways slots function, which comes with cascading reels and 200,704 paylines.
OK, so let’s quickly get another addition from the original to Chilli Heat Megaways out the way. The original had a maximum win amount of 1,000x your bet (unless you won the progressive), but here there’s up to 5,000x your bet up for grabs. The minimum wager is 20p, while the maximum is £100, so Chilli Heat Megaways accommodates players of all budgets. The high volatility means that your wins will, for the most part, deliver good returns, but also note that slot machines online with high volatility can keep you waiting for that next win to drop, so patience is a virtue for winning cash here.
There are two sets of symbols in Chilli Heat Megaways – the ones that fall on the six vertical reels and the ones that fall on the top, horizontal reel. The vertical reels will have playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A fall as the lower-paying icons, a tequila shot, chilli sauce, a Chihuahua and a mariachi as the higher paying symbols. There are two symbols that can pack more heat than tabasco, and these are the wild and the month bag. The wild stands in for any regular icon to create 3, 4, 5 and 6 of a kind combinations, while the money bad triggers a bonus.
When you manage to land six money bags on the same spin, you'll have triggered the respins feature. You’ll see that the money bags all remain on the reels while the regular icons disappear. The reels then spin with only money bags potentially landing as well as the symbols in the horizontal reel. When a money bag does land the respins are reset to 3. You’ll also see that reels 1 and 6 are locked, and the only way to unlock them is via the modifier icons that land in the horizontal reel.
As mentioned, the top reel sees special symbols falling during the respins round. The symbols include a backwards leaning lock; a forward leaning lock, an upwards/downwards arrow, two different downwards arrows and two different X icons. These symbols modify the reels below them by performing functions such as unlocking reels 1 and 6, extending reel windows, collecting amounts attached to the money bags and adds multipliers to the money bag symbols.
Even though there is a Megaways mechanic to add 200,704 paylines and cascading reels, it still feels a little strange that Chilli Heat Megaways didn’t take the features from the original and improve on them to build on a formula most players really liked. You will probably enjoy the respins that use the assistance of modifiers from the additional reel, but for us, this chilli was just a little too mild for our taste.