These days, slot machines with North American wilderness are roaming the lobby like tumbleweed, and one example of helping define the genre was Pragmatic Play’s 2019 release of Buffalo King. Was one of Buffalo King’s trademarks its high publicity potential, or must it be insanely unattainable potential? Be that as it may, since then it has become a hit and benchmark for others. It was another game ripe for the Megaways transformation – in part because of its classic status, in part because hey, why not? Everything else seems to be changing. So let’s get in touch with our spirit guides as we roam America’s backyard with its biggest beasts.
The first notable difference is the dramatically enlarged, albeit technically unremarkable, Megaways setup. Broken wooden beams support 6 main reels of 2-7 symbols each, as well as an upper horizontal reel with 4 symbols. There are 200 704 ways to win in full, compared to 4096 ways in the original. The rest of the view, at least you can see, is essentially the same cliffs and canyons as before. The scene ends with a street soundtrack, and fans of the first “Buffalo King” will not be intimidated by anything too radical, at least from an aesthetic point of view.
In quantitative terms, Buffalo King Megaways starts to diverge, starting with an improved default RTP configuration of 96.52%. At the very least, you can count on Pragmatic Play to provide reliable return values - be careful as this provider uses flexible RTP, which can be lower depending on where you play. Always check the paytable. The highly unstable game is available on any device and allows betting between £ 20 and £ 125 / euro per spin. At least that’s the base rate. Buffalo King Megaways allows players to raise their bets literally with the Ante Bet feature. For an additional 25% of the spin cost, players double their chances of triggering free spins. Please note that the Ante bet does not affect the symbol values.
Despite the fact that Megaways provides more opportunities to win, the value of symbols has also increased. Starting at the bottom of the paytable, we find card icons from 10 to A circling among moose, wolves, cougars, eagles, and buffaloes. They are all staple foods in North America and are complemented by a buffalo chain that costs 20 times your stake. The game also includes a wild symbol that appears on reels 2, 3 or 4 to replace any standard payout symbols.
As with most Megaways slot machines, Buffalo King Megaways uses a cascading mechanism called the flip feature here. It is triggered after every win to remove the winning symbols from the reels. New tiles drop out to fill in empty spaces, which could trigger another victory. Somersaults continue as long as the winnings alternate.
You also really want 4 or more scatter symbols to appear on the reels. When this happens, you get 12, 17, or 22 free spins, as well as 5x, 20x, or 100x wins for 4, 5, or 6 scatter symbols. Free spins use a win multiplier, although interestingly this is not the progressive type commonly found in Megaways games. Instead, jokers now appear with x2, x3, or x5 multipliers tied to them. These values accumulate on separate spins, that is, you can get x2 on the initial win, and then x3 on the next hit. The total winnings in this sequence of spins are increased by 6 times. The multipliers do not increase forever; instead, they are reset between free spins. Finally, the bonus round can be extended by +5 free spins every time 3 bonus symbols appear – no limit.
The last one is the feature purchase option, where you can trigger free spins at a price up to 100 times the total stake – if possible.
Buffalo King Megaways: Slot Machine Verdict
Fans of the older game should be very happy with what Pragmatic Play did in the remake. The brooding grandeur of the cartoons made up much of the magic of the first, and it has been faithfully recreated here. Juicy multipliers were another key point that Pragmatic Play both changed and kept. The headlining numbers for the Buffalo King Megaways are nowhere near as impressive as those of their predecessors, but how realistic were they anyway? Over time, the community gradually realized that the advertised potential of many Pragmatic Play releases had been ridiculously exaggerated in order to entice players.
When placing objects under a microscope, it should be noted that the multiplier system is similar to that used in Sweet Bonanza. However, the introduction of multipliers using wilds changes the standard progressive system with a cascade, which may be of interest to connoisseurs of Megaways. Of course, this method has its pros and cons. It’s great when multiple jokers appear in a spin cycle, although that could mean no multipliers if jokers don’t hit, even if you cascade like tomorrow doesn’t come.
Moving on to maximum payoff, and despite the extra ammo the Megaways is offering, potential has plummeted. In short, Buffalo King Megaways has 5,000 times the stake – an increasingly common amount from Pragmatic Play at the time of this review. In contrast, the originally touted figure of 93.750x looked like it was invented by a calculator boff, blindfolded while traveling in the desert with mescaline. For a slot powered by Megaways, the rather low potential undoubtedly looks a little odd. However, being honest about what may be realistically achievable, rather than coming up with some dream figure to lure players in, is probably the best solution if you want to maintain a good reputation with regulators (and your customers).
All in all, Buffalo King Megaways makeup can be considered a decent slot by and large. The statistics may not be as compelling, and they don’t really bring much new, but everything else has been increased in the conversion process. Like buffalo fans alike, players interested in a slightly different use of multipliers in Megaways might want to take a look.