Surely we have all imagined at some point that we are the smoothest secret agent to have ever walked the earth, infiltrating international criminal gangs and saving the world as we know it. Well, now we can live that dream and even cash in on it thanks to Big Time Gaming and their video slot Max Megaways. Spin the 6 reels of this game and win with 117,649 paylines and an RTP of 96.37%. Stop your new found nemesis and his plans to conquer the globe and you can win up to 11,140x your bet.
Features and bonuses are at a premium in this slot title, with the base game including 4 modifiers that can trigger randomly on any spin. There are 2 versions of the free spins feature that you can trigger too. This can lead to you adding 3 special modifiers to your bonus round, which can result in high prizes. As if that wasn't enough you'll find the cascading reels mechanic and a bonus option in Max Megaways too.
Have you got your tux and PPK ready to go into active duty? Read the brief in our review below to get up to speed on your mission. Don't forget that you can take the game for a practice run in our free demo slot of Max Megaways. This is included in our article and accessible across all devices.
Countless movies have been made over the years, themed around secret agents, but none have been more popular than the James Bond series created by Ian Fleming. In fact, talk to most people about those films, and you will find they have an opinion on who has been the best bond. For me, it will always be Sean Connery, and even writing this review is making me want to put Goldfinger on in the background. It's little surprise then, really, that a provider with Big Time Gaming's reputation has delved into this genre to show us what they can do, and as we are introduced to their very own 00 Agent Max Megaways, the game takes us to a setting that could well be Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, otherwise known as James Bond Island.
Ok, we've managed to go undetected so far, so we'd better look at the paytable before we trigger any alarms. As is often the case with a BTG slot, they have used the royal symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K, and Ace to represent the lower pays. In the best case scenario, you can hit up to 0.5x for a 6 of a kind with the aces, so not a huge amount, but this is a Megaways slot, so the wins can get big very quickly, regardless of the symbol. Moving up to the premium values, we have gems coloured green, blue, red, and purple, with these paying you 0.6x, 0.6x, 0.8x, and 5x respectively, if 6 connect across the reels. The self titled wild symbol can only appear on the upper reel unless a modifier has activated it, and this will substitute for all other regular game symbols.
Players can enjoy both demo play, and real money spins across all devices, with the latter costing you as little as €0.20 a spin, up to a maximum of €20. Big Time Gaming, to date, has not offered any lower return to player percentage rates to operators for their slots, and this trend continues with Max Megaways, where a fixed RTP of 96.37% can be found, which is now well above the industry standard.
base game & MODIFIERS
Big Time Gaming, as we know, is the creator of the famous Megaways engine. They have gone the whole hog with Max Megaways, and you'll get to play across a 6x6 reel set, with an upper escalating reel also in play, taking the reel configuration in essence to 6x7. Do the math, and you'll find out that this works out as a maximum of 117,649 ways to win. It's simple stuff to be awarded a win. Connect 3 matching symbols from left to right on adjacent reels, and the corresponding win will be credited to your balance.
I always enjoy seeing the cascading reels engine included in a Megaways slot, and I find the majority of Megaways that don't feature this reel mechanic to be quite dull. You'll see this feature spring to life when you hit a winning combo across the reels. Watch as the winning symbols explode and are removed from the reels before new symbols drop down to fill in the spaces left behind. This sequence of wins and cascades will continue until you fail to make a new win.
base game modifiers
At random, during your play in the base game, the siren above the reels can sound and one of the following 4 modifiers will be applied.
Maximum Megaways: This spin will be played with 7 symbols on all reels rolling in the maximum paylines of 117,649.
Vertical Wild: All symbols on one reel will be replaced by wilds.
Horizontal Wild: All of the symbols in the escalating reel are replaced by wilds.
Wild Bomb: This is added to the upper reel. After all wins are paid all regular symbols are replaced with new ones.
BTG has included the Win Exchange feature in Max Megaways. If you win between 25x - 99.9x, you can gamble it for a chance to enter the free spins feature. If you win 100x or more, you can exchange 100x of this win for immediate entry into the free spins.
max megaways slot free spins feature
Max Megaways comes with two types of scatter symbols. The first of these is the regular gold scatter and landing 3 of these in view will award 10 free spins and 2 modifiers picks, with each additional scatter that lands thereafter adding 2 extra spins to your starting total. The second scatter in the game is the diamond megascatter which can only appear on reel 6. If you land 2 normal scatters and the megascatter, then you will trigger the enhanced feature where you will be given 10 free spins and 3 modifier picks.
Before the bonus begins, you will choose from 5 random doors to reveal the modifiers in play during your free spins. These will be any of the following.
Double Multiplier: The free spins multiplier will increase by increments of x2.
Duplicating Wilds: Every wild will turn each symbol below it into a wild.
2 Scatter Re-trigger: Two or more scatter symbols landing in view will award a re-trigger.
Increased Ways: At least 5 symbols will appear on each reel.
No Lower Symbols: 9s, 10s, and Jacks will be removed from the reels.
Once the free spins begin, unless you selected the double multiplier modifier, you will start with a win multiplier of x1. Each successful win reaction you then achieve will increase the value of your multiplier by a further x1.
Depending on your jurisdiction, you may be able to access the bonus buy feature in Max Megaways. If so, then there are two options available for you, which are as follows:
10 Free Spins & 2 Modifiers = 75x stake.
10 Free Spins & 3 Modifiers = 200x stake.
max megaways slot review final thoughts
There's always some hype around a Big Time Gaming release, especially if it's a Megaways, as after all, these guys were the masterminds behind that engine. Max Megaways will undoubtedly excite the hardcore BTG fans, and it's nice to see the provider add something to a base game for once, as spinning the reels on some of their slots can be extremely tedious at times as you go in search of the bonus. The free spins look to have some decent potential too, but I'm not sure whether that will ever be realised. I can't remember the last time I won or saw anybody else win over 2,000x on one of their slots; maybe this will be the game to produce a few max wins that do the rounds online; let's wait and see.