1 Million BC Megaways™ is a prehistoric themed slot from game provider Iron Dog Studio. Played across a format of 7 reels during the bonus round and with rows of symbols that can vary in height, the slot through the aid of the Megaways™ mechanic can produce up to a massive 1,058,841 paylines. In-game features include cascading reels, unlimited multipliers, sticky wilds and free spins.
1 MILLION MEGAWAYS™ BC SLOT HAS A PREHISTORIC THEME
The prehistoric theme on 1 Million Megaways™ BC has been used very effectively. The reels of the game are cast upon a background of caves, forestry, camp fires and stone carvings, which helps to depict the time period perfectly. If you think of the animated movies ice age, then you won't be too far away from the approach taken with this game.
As we tend to see on most online slots, the lower paying symbols on 1 Million Megaways™ BC are made up of the card royal symbols 10 through to the ace. The premium value symbols on the slot comprise of the moose, sabre toothed tiger, mammoth, cavewoman and a caveman, where the max pay for a 7 of a kind win of the caveman will pay 10x your bet.
To start the reels spinning on 1 Million Megaways™ BC it will cost you just €0.20, with the highest stake on the game reaching €50 a play. Iron Dog Studio always have a good offering of stakes throughout their bet structure and with 7 possible stakes to play at ranging from €2 down to the minimum bet, players of all sized bankrolls should be able to find something suitable.
1 MILLION MEGAWAYS™ BC FEATURES THE CASCADING REELS MECHANIC
A common in-game mechanic found on Megaways™ slots is the cascading reels feature. Iron Dog Studio have based their Megaways™ releases to date heavily around this mechanic as we have seen in previous titles that include Pirate Kingdom Megaways™ and Megaways™ jack. This is used by Iron Dog as the main focal point of triggering the feature, which they have once again opted for in 1 Million Megaways™ BC.
We will cover that in the free spin feature section of our review, but firstly for those who are not familiar with cascading reels we will explain to you exactly how they work.
When winning combinations of symbols are formed on the reels, those symbols that make up part of the win will explode and be removed. New symbols are then dropped down to replace the gaps that have been left giving you more chances to win.
These tumbles or cascades will continue until no further winning combos are made. Once you reach this point then that spin will have ended and a new game will need to be initiated.
1 MILLION MEGAWAYS™ BC BASE GAME
1 MILLION MEGAWAYS™ BC INCLUDES A BASE GAME MULTIPLIER THAT INCREASES IN INCREMENTS OF X2
Keeping a base game entering on a slot can be quite difficult at times for game providers, but Iron Dog Studio have a nice little concept to help keep you interested whilst in the search of the free spin feature.
During base game play you will begin with a win multiplier of x1, this can be increased through successful reel cascades where your first win will increase the multiplier to x2, your second win increases it to x4, a third win will progress it to x6 and 4 or more consecutive wins will see it reach its maximum value of x8.
This is a good way to potentially sustain your bankroll for a good length of time, as well offering you the chance to hit substantial wins without triggering the free spin bonus.
4 OR MORE CONSECUTIVE REEL CASCADES WILL TRIGGER THE FREE SPIN FEATURE ON 1 MILLION MEGAWAYS™ BC
As we touched upon earlier in the review, the cascading reels mechanic plays a massive part in triggering the free spin feature on 1 Million Megaways™ BC.
To actually trigger the feature you will need to hit 4 consecutive winning reel cascades which will award you with 8 free spins. Each subsequent cascade thereafter will award an additional 2 free spins with the maximum amount being capped at 14.
You can track your progress of successful cascades to the left hand side of the reels. There you will see the fire meter, that will lit up accordingly with each consecutive cascade.
LOCKED REELS AND UNLIMITED MULTIPLIERS ARE IN PLAY DURING THE FREE SPIN BONUS
The free spin bonus begins with some added excitement as an additional reel is added to the format of the game. This extra reel is placed in the middle and can hold up to 9 symbols, meaning that if all reels hold their maximum amount of symbols there are an incredible 1,058,841 paylines active.
There is also a win multiplier in play during the free spin bonus which will begin with a value of x1. Each successful win reaction will cause the multiplier to increase in value by x1, with there being no limit in place as to what this can reach.
STICKY WILDS ARE ALSO IN PLAY IN THE BONUS ROUND ON 1 MILLION MEGAWAYS™ BC
As we have previously seen on Iron Dog Studio Megaways™ slots, there is a feature during the free spins that activates when a reel stops with its maximum amount of symbols in view. This reel then becomes locked and for all remaining spins of that bonus feature it can only land with its max amount of symbols in view.
This feature is again used in 1 million Megaways™ BC and if the reels do lock in place with their max height, then you will also be awarded additional free spins. Reels 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 will all add 1 extra spin when they are locked. Reel 4 will award a massive 5 extra spins if it locks in at its max height of 9 symbols.
The action doesn't stop here either, with the middle reel also being host to the sticky wilds symbols. If these land anywhere on the middle reel then they will stick in place for the remainder of the bonus, with a total of 9 sticky wilds up for grabs.
Iron Dog Studio seem to have found their format with Megaways™ slots and continue to try and develop that concept. To date we haven't seen them try anything else other than the cascading reel trigger and the locked reels during the bonus round.
This doesn't seem to have halted their progress in making exciting Megaways™ titles though, in-fact quite the opposite. The addition of an extra reel during the free spins to raise the roof on the paylines and volatility is a genius idea, and will no doubt have players eager to try and reach the maximum ways of over 1,000,000.
It's refreshing to see Iron Dog Studio further their journey with Megaways™ and not be sidetracked with what other developers are dong with the mechanic. They have found their winning formula and we look forward to seeing where they take it next.