When I first saw the title of this game, it instantly reminded me of the classic 1990s AWP from QPS. This was also called Cash Lab, and if you can remember it as fondly as myself, then you'll know all about the move back 3 trick and how this playing method could score you a few jackpots if the machine were streaking. Alas though, this was not to be an upgrade of an old favourite; instead, game provider iSoftbet is at the helm of Cash Lab Megaways that features 200,704 paylines, an RTP of 96%, and an impressive max win 20,000x bet.
There's the inclusion of a good few Megaways favourites within this game to enjoy, such as the cascading reels mechanic, which allows you to win more than once from a single spin. Keep a look out for the Max Megaways modifier too. This guarantees that the following spin will roll in the maximum amount of paylines. Possibly the best addition to this game is the wild link feature. If two wilds land in the same position on the top and bottom tracker, the whole reel will turn wild. This can upgrade too, with a gold wild symbol turning the reel into a multiplying wild. Lastly, we've got a free spins bonus that includes an increasing win multiplier, and if you can't wait to trigger that organically, you can utilise the bonus option for 100x the bet.
Is this set to be another crazy slot adventure with a whacky scientist creating all manner of monsters within his laboratory? There's only one way to find out. Try the game for yourself in the free demo slot of Cash Lab Megaways available below.
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Cash Lab Megaways slot paytable
Ah, how the memories came flooding back earlier when I was reminiscing about the original Cash Lab slot. I genuinely believe that era of AWPs was the golden age, where there was a huge variety of games you could play from multiplier manufacturers. These days, every arcade or pub you go to has a clone of a Deal or no Deal machine, which, let's be honest, has been milked to death. Anyway, back to Cash Lab Megaways, and although this has a few cloned features of its own, my initial reaction was that it's a great-looking game that potentially has enough different modifiers within it to make it stand out from the crowd. If dabbling in a bit of experimentation is your thing on Megaways slots, then provider Skywind's title Alive Megaways is worth a look too.
iSoftbet has decided against using any characters on its paytable for Cash Lab Megaways and has instead opted to fill the premium paying section with gems. So, the highest value symbol is the red gem and awards 5x the bet for a six of a kind win. Next, we have the blue gem worth 3x for a full payline, followed by the green gem at 1.5x and finally, the purple gem that will award 1x for a completed line of six. As for the lower pays, these are represented by six royal symbols, with the ace and king both paying 0.75x for a full payline of six, the queen and jack awarding 0.5x for all six, and lastly, the 10 and 9, both of which pay 0.4x for a six of a kind win.
Generally, iSoftbet keeps the same betting options across all of its games, which appears to be the case here. Players can join the action from as little as €0.20 a spin, with the stakes maxing out at €20. I'm confident in saying that regardless of your playing budget, there will be something within this betting range that you feel comfortable spinning the reels at.
base game & modifiers
Cash Lab Megaways slot base game
iSoftbet does like to play around with the features and formats of their Megaways slots, which they deserve credit for, as there are far too many clones of BTG's Bonanza Megaways doing the rounds these days. So I was delighted to see that Cash Lab Megaways includes an upper and lower escalating reel. Other than the non-Megaways title Opal Fruits, it's hard to think of many games that use reels above and below the main playfield. With this unique set-up in place, up to 200,704 ways to win can roll in on any spin in the base game and bonus feature. Apart from the highest-paying symbol that only requires two to hit, you'll need to land 3 matching symbols starting from left to right to score yourself a win.
A classic feature within the iSoftbet series of games is the Max Megaways modifier which can trigger randomly at the start of any spin. If this does indeed activate, the next spin will land 200,704 ways to win and drastically increase your chances of hitting a big win.
If a wild symbol appears on the same reel on both the top and bottom tracker, then that reel will become fully wild. Furthermore, if one of the wild symbols is coloured gold, the reel will transform into a multiplying wild, giving any potential wins a massive boost.
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Cash Lab Megaways slot free spins feature
Cash Lab Megaways comes with one main bonus feature, triggered when four scatter symbols land in view. A basic 4 scatter trigger will award 10 free spins, whilst 5 and 6 scatters activating the feature will start your bonus round with 15 and 20 spins, respectively.
Your free spins bonus will begin with an ascending multiplier with a starting value of x1 and a random sticky wild that will be postponed on the top tracker. Every successful winning connection that you then create will cause this to increment by a further x1, with there being no limits as to what it can reach.
During the bonus round, it is possible to collect the letters L.I.N.K. If you collect all of these, an additional sticky wild will be added to either the top or bottom tracker, and 2 extra free spins will be added to your total. These wilds can help to generate bigger wins, but don't worry if they are used as part of a win, as they will return back in place on the next spin of your bonus.
If you're impatient to wait for the free spins bonus to trigger naturally, you can use the bonus buy option, which will trigger the feature immediately at the cost of 100x the bet.
cash lab MEGAWAYS SLOT REVIEW FINAL THOUGHTS
This was a really enjoyable game to review, partly because it initially reminded me of some awesome memories playing the slots when I was younger, but more importantly, due to it being a fantastic game and something a little different to what's currently out there. I've always thought iSoftbet goes under the radar and is under-appreciated in the iGaming world. Hopefully, this slot will get them more recognition that they clearly deserve.