A trip back in time now, to the era of dinosaurs and the precursor to life on earth as we know it today with Primal Megaways, a slot from Big Time Gaming, who have also created games such as Donuts and Extra Chilli. Not the most common theme for a slots game, you can expect to see your fair share of prehistoric creatures, footprints and other geographical features specific to the jurassic era, all styled with a cartoon edge. But behind the quirky facade, this is a serious slots game with a lot to offer.
The action starts on the main reels, of which there are six in total. This is part of an emerging trend for six reel slots games, which go a stage beyond the standard five reels. While it’s nothing new exactly, this does give the game a slightly unorthodox structure and feel, which comes into its own as you spin throughout the game.
Each of the six reels stands either 3-6 positions high, depending on the symbols that fall on any spin. And because wins are awarded all ways (i.e. for all natural combinations of three or more of a kind), there are a whopping 46,656 paylines – they don’t call it ‘Megaways’ for nothing.
The reels are of course filled with symbols styled on the era, including high value symbols comprised of a wooly mammoth, a sabre toothed tiger, an elk, a rhino and what appears to be some kind of prehistoric warthog. The lower value positions on the reels are made up of high card symbols running 10-A, which have been given the stone age treatment with an appropriately rocky-looking font.
Players bet per spin, with wins awarded as a multiple of the bet stake based on the value of your combination wins. The betting action starts at just £0.20 per spin, ranging up to £150.00 per spin for those looking to push the game to its limits. The maximum win stands at 50x – not as high as some other slots, but more than enough for a jackpot to seriously brighten your day – especially at max bet spins.
The RTP (return to player percentage) is another strong point here, coming in at 96.76%. Anything beyond 95% is considered better paying than average, so this means there’s actually clear blue sky beyond this threshold. Higher RTP slots mean a lower house edge on every spin, so it’s worth checking out Primal Megaways for that reason alone – if not for the host of other great reasons to take this game for a spin.
The wild symbol is the pawprint, which you’ll see cropping up from time to time on reels 2 and 5 only. This replaces any other symbols you’re missing, effectively making it easier to match up combinations on your reels. Any matching symbols in adjacent positions to wilds on a payline from left to right will be awarded as if you’d landed a true combination. The one exception to the rule is the bonus symbol, which must fall in true numbers if you’re to trigger it’s additional bonus features.
The bonus symbol in Primal Megaways is the tusk symbol – it looks like it could perhaps by the skull of a wooly mammoth, but for the avoidance of doubt, it says ‘BONUS’ across it. You need to turn up three or more of these symbols in order to trigger the bonus feature.
Landing three or more of the tusk bonus symbols anywhere on the reels kickstarts your bonus round, a free spins feature where players have the chance to pick up some big feature wins. The extent of your bonus depends on the number of these bonus symbols you reveal in order to trigger the feature. Starting at three, you can pick up 10 free spins plus a wild multiplier of up to 3x, while four bonus symbols is 15 free spins and a wild multiplier of up to 4x. Five awards 20 free spins with up to 5x, while six will land you up to 30 free spins with a corresponding max 6x multiplier.
The multipliers during the bonus round take the form of wilds, which will convert into a multiplier value up to the maximum whenever they land. Even sweeter, there’s a bonus round if you fail to make up at least a 10x win during your round – the feature starts again, so you get another chance to play for a bigger feature win.
Primal Megaways is a fast paced slot with plenty of action – and that’s before you get to the bonus round. With some big feature spins, a high RTP and a jackpot that stands at a respectable 50x, there are many good reasons to give this slot a go.