After signing a content distribution agreement with Betsul on August 2 to expand across the LatAM market, particularly in Brazil, Pragmatic Play, a flagship slot provider with 80+ HTML 5 titles for mobile and desktop computers based in Silema, Malta, released on August 3rd Rocket Blast Megaways™, a space-themed slot where players travel into space to meet various aliens of different colors.
In addition, the provider’s previous hits include Big Bass Bonanza™ and Diamond Cascade™.
True to its name, the main theme of the slot is a real space adventure, with space and aliens all around. Players may see a shower of meteorites in the background of the reels and of course the aforementioned aliens. In addition, the game may be played on all devices and has a high volatility, an RTP of 96.01% and a maximum win of 10,000x a player’s bet.
This slot is boosted by Big Time Gaming’s Megaways™ mechanic, which works on a six-reel structure with the added addition of an extra horizontal wheel. Simply put, it’s a system that allows for a virtually unlimited number of potential winning combinations on any given spin, which for Megaways™ slots means they are equipped with 117,649 ways to win on each spin. This is achieved by using a system of cascading reels and random multipliers, which means that the number of potential winning combinations can change with each spin.
To win, players must form a combination of 3 or more matching symbols on adjacent reels, beginning from the leftmost reel on a dynamic grid consisting of 6 reels and 2 to 7 rows offering the aforementioned 117649 paylines.
The basic low-value symbols are gems in blue, purple, pink, green and orange, while the high-value bonus symbols are aliens in pink, yellow, blue, green and orange. A combination of six low-value bonus symbols is worth between 0.5x to 1x, increasing to 1.5x to 20x a player’s bet for a combination of 6 high-value bonus symbols. Also, a combination of 2 low-value and high-value symbols is worth 0.1x and 0.5x a player’s bet, individually.
Wild Symbol – Wild, aka the golden W, helps to enable more winning combinations by replacing regular symbols other than Scatter symbols, aka the meteorite. However, it may only appear on reels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Tumble – this feature is triggered when players make a winning combination. After activation, symbols that were part of the winning combination are removed from the reels, and new ones fall to fill the empty spaces. However, this continues as long as players create new winning combinations.
Rocket – if players land a Rocket symbol, this one is triggered. Any symbol located below the rocket on the same reel will be turned into a Wild. After that, these Wilds will “nudge down” one position for every tumble, regardless of whether they are part of a winning combination or not, till they fully vanish from the reels. Also, for every “nudge,” a new symbol will be added to the top of the reel.
Free Spins – throughout normal spins, players may land Scatters on all reels, and if they land 4 or more, this feature is triggered. However, the number of free spins they will get depends on the number of Scatters used to activate this round. Also, if players land 3 or more Scatters throughout this feature, they receive 4 additional free spins.
Prior to getting the chance to use the free spins, players have the opportunity to trigger the gamble feature if they aren’t satisfied with the number of free spins they have and want more. Upon choosing to activate this one, the wheel will spin and if it stops on a green box it will give them 5 additional free spins, but if it stops on a red box, players have to go back to the base game. Winners may continue gambling or start Free Spins.
The odds of winning the following gambles are:
- 10 to 15 free spins – 66.50%
- 15 to 20 free spins – 71.50%
- 20 to 25 free spins – 74.48%
- 25 to 30 free spins – 76.89%
- 30 to 35 free spins – 78.96%
As soon as the Free Spins round begins, the rocket feature can be re-triggered and players will get a 1x total win multiplier, with will rise by 1x for each tumble that happens and stays persistent throughout the entire feature.
Bonus Buy – in order to trigger this feature, the player should want to get to the Free Spins immediately. As soon as it is triggered, players can purchase Free Spins for 100x of the bet, causing 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 Scatters to appear randomly and trigger the aforementioned feature.
Commenting on the release, Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “We’re holding steady on our trajectory for a meteoric rise with Rocket Blast Megaways™. Our latest slot invites players on an extraterrestrial adventure, with action-packed gameplay and rewarding bonuses onboard. With Megaways™ being a recurring favorite among players, we’ve topped it up with other thrilling features such as the Rocket symbol, which can land players even bigger win potential by blasting wins into new galaxies with added Wilds!”