Maze Escape Megaways: Slot Overview
If there is one studio that handles Big Time Gaming’s pervasive game engine a bit differently it is Stockholm based designer Fantasma Games. So far, if the word Megaways wasn’t mentioned in the titles, it might be easy to assume they were custom made. There was the frenetic Flower Fortunes, followed by Medallion Megaways which both offered unfamiliar uses of the mechanic. Maze Escape Megaways is just as unusual as its predecessors. This time the creative team has married Megaways to one of their favoured genres – mythology/fantasy, to create something just as unique. As before, the results won’t be to everyone’s taste, so let’s see what it can do.
One area where Fantasma consistently excel it’s in crafting a rich atmosphere to host their games. Maze Escape Megaways is no exception with a dreamy background made up of mountains and ruins, while a classically inspired soundtrack weaves between them. The action takes place on a 6-reel, 7-row grid, sitting in the middle of the whole scene. To be honest, the view isn’t quite so stunning on a mobile since the grid takes up most of the view. Interestingly, there is no official mention of the number of ways to win, though up to 117,649 would be a safe assumption when you do some simple calculations.
Maze Escape Megaways is based on the story of King Minos of Ancient Crete. After turning his back on the gods, a half-man, half-bull beast was imprisoned in his legendary maze. The maze was built by Daedalus and his son Icarus, the chap who flew too close to the sun. Choosing such well know story gives Fantasma the opportunity to fill Maze Escape with divinities, heroes, and mythical beasts
Escaping from Minos’ Labyrinth is no easy task, which Fantasma has paired with volatility much higher than their two previous Megaways slots. The high volatility works well when you’re on an Avalanche roll, which Maze Escape has the potential to match. It means rewards are there for persistent (or lucky rather) players, but it can be hard going, and not as casual-friendly as previous offerings. RTP is rock solid on 96.15%, while bets from 20 p/c to £/€40 can be selected on any device.
Wins occur in Maze Escape Megaways when three or more matching symbols land left to right from the first reel. There isn’t always a typical reaction feature as such, yet when wins line up in certain positions in the base or in the bonus game, a Shifting Maze Avalanche feature is activated- covered below. Pay symbols, meanwhile, are split into three groups of three symbols. First are low pay Greek letters, lambda, theta, and omega, followed by axes, wreaths, and helms as the mids. Finally, the high pays consist of three character symbols worth 2 to 3 times the stake for six of a kind.
Maze Escape Megaways: Slot Features
On each base game spin, a 1×1 tile on the first reel will be highlighted by golden frame. When a win occurs using the symbol landing inside the tile, the Shifting Maze Avalanche is activated. All regular symbols, except the highlighted one, are removed from the grid, and everything moves one reel to the left. Two blocker tiles are removed, while new symbols drop down for another chance to win. Scatters are collected and saved for the spin sequence, thus increasing the chance of triggering the bonus round. The process repeats until no new wins using the special highlighted symbol land.
Displayed on some of the blocker tiles are special icons. If one of these blocker tiles is removed, a modifier is activated:
- Guidance of Athena – the goddess adds 1-4 special symbols to the reels.
- Minotaur Wild – one complete reel becomes wild. The wild minotaur reel has a random multiplier of 1x to 7x.
Collecting 3 golden disc scatter symbols during a sequence awards 10 Labyrinth Free Spins. During free spins, all wins trigger Shifting Maze Avalanches, and an increasing win multiplier comes into play starting at x1. A Wings of Icaros icon now also appears on the blockers during the round. When the wing blockers are removed, 1-3 free spins are awarded, or, the win multiplier increase by x1-x3.
Maze Escape Megaways: Slot Verdict
Once again, Fantasma Games has taken Megaways and done something unexpected with it. Maze Escape isn’t your typical Megaways game, nor does it even look like one. In fact, there’s a grid slot vibe going on, which might come across as a little fiddly, maybe even slow at times for those who just want to smash the spin button and get on with it. There’s a layer of intricacy; some might say complication that may put some players off. Others looking for a new twist on Megaways, or a new type of gaming experience in general, however, should be entertained by what Maze Escape can do. At the least, it’s well worth a look if you’re curious.
Maze Escape is certainly different, no questions there. As to merits, it looks great (on a big screen), oozes mythology, and the features are interesting too. Long runs of consecutive combos are possible during the Shifting Maze Avalanche feature, which again feels grid slot-ish at times the way wins run on, triggering modifiers when the right blocker tile is destroyed. They can add up too from a financial perspective. Fantasma claim potential in the region of 25,000 times the stake, easily making Maze Escape the highest paying Megaways slot from the studio so far.
If anything, Maze Escape Megaways solidifies Fantasma’s reputation for doing things their way. The studio could have easily rammed a bull and some gods onto a Blueprint looking Megaways slot, then called it a day. Whether the gameplay ultimately matches your style, it’s hard not to respect Fantasma’s willingness to be all experimental.