Chilli Heat Megaways
The Megaways edition of the original Chilli Heat is an intriguing follow-up, but one that fans of the first release might not totally appreciate for the removal of the free spins bonus round.
- Tumble reels feature
- Respins with reel modifiers
- 5,000x your stake potential
- Customisable RTP rate
- Removed free spins feature
With the sun beaming, mariachis blasting, and hot chilli peppers swinging from the roof, the game’s theme is, undeniably, Mexican. In fact, it’s identical to Chilli Heat, the previous release from Pragmatic Play. But, not everything is alike in this 6-reel and up to 8-row Megaways follow-up slot. Some features have been altered while others added.
The base game starts with the tumbling reels affording you multiple wins on a single spin, but the real fiesta begins in the respins round where only money bags land for big wins. Give our slot review a read to find out if Chilli Heat Megaways is still hot stuff or if it’s lost its heat in the revamp process.
|SLOT FEATURES||Tumbling Reels, Respins, Reel Modifiers|
|RELEASE DATE||26th August 2021|
|GAME PROVIDER||Pragmatic Play|
|SLOT TYPE||Megaways Slot|
|REELS, ROWS, PAYLINES||6 reels, Up to 8 Rows, Up to 200,704 Paylines|
|BET LEVELS||£0.20 – £125|
|MAXIMUM WIN||5,000x Your Stake|
|RETURN TO PLAYER||96.50%|
The Megaways version of Chilli Heat comes with updated bonus features. The respins bonus round has been extended and now has 7 reel modifiers, but the free spins feature has been removed, unfortunately. The Megaways mechanics is also new, as is the tumbling reels system, and you also have the Ante Bet function allowing you to double your chances at triggering the respin round at an extra cost. Buy bonus feature has also been included; however, this extra option is not available for UK players.
The tumble feature or tumbling reels is a pretty cool feature and one that the original release doesn’t have. You’ll see tumbling reels in action at the end of each spin whenever you’ve scored a winning combination. The winning symbols will disappear from the grid, making room for new symbols to fall into their places for a chance to score multiple wins on the same spin.
Represented by the game’s heat-blazing logo, wild symbols in Chilli Heat Megaways substitute for almost all symbols when they land on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Money bags, which are the game’s scatters, are the only symbols wilds can’t replace.
Each money bag or money symbol has a value of its own and lands anywhere on the reels except the special 4-symbol horizontal reel at the top of the grid. When 6 or more of these symbols hit the reels on the same spin, a respin bonus round activates.
The respins feature starts with 3 respins after you’ve landed 6 or more money symbols across the main grid. You’ll see the regular symbols fade away, leaving only the triggering money bag scatters in view on reels 2-5. The triggering scatters will stay sticky for a respin, along with any new money symbols that land during the feature. The new money symbols will also reset your respins count to 3 if at least one of them lands on the grid.
You’ll also see that reels 1 and 6 are chained up at the beginning. Land the following special symbols across the horizontal reel atop the grid to unlock them:
- Padlock tilting to the left: unlocks reel 1.
- Padlock tilting to the right: unlocks reel 2.
- Up and down arrows: extends the number of possible symbols on its corresponding reel up to 7.
- Down arrow in a circular shape: collects all money symbols from its corresponding reel and adds to your total win.
- Down arrow in a square shape: collects all money symbols in view and adds them to your total win.
- X in a circular shape: applies a random multiplier of 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x to all your money symbols on the corresponding reels.
- X in a square shape: applies a random multiplier of 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x to all your money symbols in view.
Unlike the original release, Chilli Heat Megaways is not a jackpot slot, but that doesn’t mean you can’t win big. The max potential here extends to a spicy 5,000x your stake top prize.
Chilli Heat Megaways has a high volatility, which is preferable for a game with a higher max potential. The 96.50% RTP is also great and sits above the industry average. However, remember to check the stats before playing – different casinos may have different figures as the initially high RTP rate has room for adjustments.
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Chilli Heat Megaways is available to play on all Android and iOS mobile devices, making it easy for you to play on the go using the compact version of this game.