Lightning Strike Megaways™ takes its inspiration from the world of Norse mythology-themed slots. The game has been designed and developed by Blueprint Gaming, and after Vikings Unleashed Megaways™, is their second swing at the world of Vikings. Lightning Strike may not offer quite as many paylines as other slots with this engine, and it may not feature cascading reels, but it has other qualities which may it stand out for the good.
Splashed across the 6 reels of the game are numerous gods and goddesses from Norse mythology, with Odin, Thor, Loki and Valkyrie all well represented. High playing cards also spring up in the game, and all can deliver wins paying left to right, and right to left. However, the feature provides far more chances to bag wins than the base game in this release. Let’s get stuck into Lightning Strike Megaways™ slot with our review of the slot.
LIGHTNING STRIKE MEGAWAYS™ GAME INFORMATION
Wagering Range:0.10 - 20.00
Bonus Rounds:Free Spins
LIGHTNING STRIKE MEGAWAYS™ SLOT FREE PLAY - DEMO PLAY
18+, New customers only, min deposit £10, wagering 40x, max bet £5 with bonus funds. 22 free Spins for registration (max withdrawal is £100). 50% up to £222 on 1st deposit. No max cash out on deposit offers. Welcome bonus excluded for players depositing with Skrill or Neteller. Full T&Cs apply.
New customers only, min deposit £10, wagering 60x for refund bonus, max bet £5 with bonus funds. Free Spins bonus has x40 wagering. 23 free spins on registration (max withdrawal is £100). 100% refund bonus up to £111 + 77 spins on 1st deposit. No max cash out on deposit offers. Welcome bonus excluded for players depositing with Ecopayz, Skrill or Neteller. Full T&Cs apply.
18+, New customers only, min deposit £10, wagering 50x, max bet £5 with bonus funds. 11 Free Spins on registration (max withdrawal is £100). 50% up to £499 bonus + 100 Free Spins on 1st deposit. 50% up to £499 bonus on 2nd deposit. No max cash out on deposit offers. Welcome bonus excluded for players depositing with Skrill or Neteller. Full T&C’s apply.
HOW TO PLAY LIGHTNING STRIKE MEGAWAYS™
As mentioned, the cascading reels and 100,000-plus payline structure commonly found in Megaways™ releases is absent from this Blueprint slot. Instead, players can play with as many as 15,625 paylines in total, with symbols of various sizes determining at random how many paylines a player will get to enjoy on ease spin.
With an RTP rate of 96.50%, Lightning Strike Megaways™ is a decent paying game, and this high variance release comes with a non-progressive jackpot which is capped at £250,000. Understandably, Thor is the best paying of the symbols in the game. The wagering range in this slot is fair, with players able to wager anything from €0.10 up to €20 a turn on the game.
Both wild symbols and mystery symbols appear in the Megaways™ slot, like previously seen in Blueprint releases such as Temple of Treasure Megaways™. Wilds are represented by Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer), and they can appear on the second to fifth reels. They can replace all other symbols without exception, as there are no scatters in this game.
Mystery symbols do appear though. These - taking the shape of the tree of life, Yggdrasil - can become any symbol at random, and all instances of them will turn into the same symbol, aiding players in landing wins. Notably, all symbols - wilds and mystery icons included - can appear stacked on the reels of this slot.
LIGHTNING STRIKE MEGAWAYS™ BONUS ROUND AND ADDITIONAL FEATURES
When a wild symbol does appear on the screen, it can expand to cover all of the spots on the reel it appears with a value of up to x5. At the same time, a re-spin is triggered. Any new wilds appearing will also become expanding wilds and offer further re-spins until either no new wild symbols show up, or the fourth central reels are fully wild.
A secondary feature - known as the Mega Spins Bonus - can be triggered whenever players win at least 5x their bet. Players can opt to claim their winnings, opt for Mega Spins, or gamble to get something better. Choosing to gamble sees a fortune wheel spun, with green and red sections pointing to wins and losses. ( Players should note that they will need to gamble once and successfully win to be able to exchange for the mega spins )
Opting to play with Mega Spins will see players spin the reels with more wilds and mystery symbols throw in, as they try to better what they have won.
OUR CONCLUSION ON LIGHTNING STRIKE MEGAWAYS™
Truth be told, the free spin bonus in Lightning Strike Megaways™ is most certainly not conventional. Free spins are won by successfully choosing to gamble, and not via any scatter icons. This makes the Blueprint slot something of a one-of-a-kind release in terms of how it is played, and this is going to suit some players, and not others. Well worth playing though in our opinion.