Rick and Morty Megaways – Blueprint Gaming love to create Megaways slots, and regularly combine the Megaways mechanic with a popular brand. Rick and Morty has gained a huge cult following over the last few years, so seems like an excellent choice of theme on which to base a new video slot.
Many Megaways slots are nothing more than simple clones of Big Time Gaming’s Extra Chili, however, and Blueprint Gaming are one of the worst offenders in this regard, pumping out endless Megaways slots with very little differences between them. Surely, a license as big as Rick and Morty deserves something more than just another generic Megaways slot? Let’s find out!
Rick and Morty Megaways Overview
If you aren’t familiar with Rick and Morty, it is an animated TV show that was first released in 2013. Before Rick and Morty, the most popular show in this category was undoubtedly South Park. I was as huge fan of South Park for many years, but the show’s rating on sites such as Rotten Tomatoes began declining rapidly right around the time that Rick and Morty appeared on the scene.
The standard Megaways math model is calculated based on a maximum of 117,649 pay ways, so when I noticed that figure quoted here, I couldn’t help but worry that this was going to be a generic Megaways game. Nevertheless, I decided I should give the game a fair shot before making any judgements.
Spinning the Reels for the First Time
I started my session by hitting the autoplay button and setting it to play 100 spins. My first thought was “where are the Rick and Morty symbols?!”, sure, the two main characters are there, but all the other symbols seemed generic to me. It turns out I wasn’t as familiar with the show as I thought, as two more symbols are directly inspired by the show – Isotope-322, and the processors from the simulation episode.
The game looks good, but I definitely feel as if they could have done a little more to strengthen the Rick and Morty theme. All the usual Megaways features are present, including the mystery symbol, which can transform and award additional wins after the reels have stopped. I looked everywhere for unique features in the base game, but sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any.
That being the case, I’m not going to go into detail about how Megaways slots work again here – the chances are you know everything there is to know already. If not, check out our review of Blueprint’s Buffalo Rising.
Rick and Morty Megaways Pay table
Sigh. I was really hoping for some interesting changes here, but once again found myself disappointed. It appears that anytime you offer the maximum possible number of Megaways (117,649), the math model doesn’t allow for any significant changes to the pay table.
A full line of six Rick symbols pays out 50x your stake, but don’t expect much from the rest of the pay table. Even Morty pays just 5x your stake, leaving Rick as the single high-paying symbol. I understand that with 117,649 ways to win you can’t possibly have any real monsters on the pay table, but six-of-a-kind lines don’t appear frequently anyway.
Despite this, the low-paying royal symbols pay as little as 1x your stake for a full line of six – unless you happen to win on thousands of pay ways at once, that really is disappointing.
After around 250 spins, I finally hit four scatters (the minimum required to trigger a bonus round in most Megaways games) and was pleasantly surprised to see four options, three of which are based on popular episodes of the TV show. Each of these options guarantees you 12 free spins.
The fourth option is a “Mystery” or random feature, which will choose one of the other three options on your behalf, though the number of free spins you will receive is randomized as well. You can potentially win 20 free spins by selecting this option, but be warned – you could also end up with as little as five.
The three main features are:
Pickle Rick Free Spins
This is the standard Megaways bonus round. The win multiplier starts at one and increases each time you hit a winning combination. Winning combinations are removed from the reels automatically and replaced with new symbols, so you can win several times on each of your 12 spins. Say you end up winning ten times a row from your first spin, your multiplier will now stand at 11x, and you have 11 spins left to go.
The multiplier is advertised as being “unlimited”, but you will probably struggle to get much higher than around 15x, unless you are lucky enough to get a retrigger. 100 additional mystery symbols are added to the reels in this mode, which does seem to result in many more wins than the base game.
Federation Wild Spins
In this mode, wilds expand to fill entire reels. This isn’t very exciting if you have just one wild on screen, but if you manage to score a wild on three or four reels on a single spin, you can win huge amounts of money from this feature. Based on my testing, though, this was the worst paying of the three features.
Vindicators Free Spins
Vindicator symbols only appear in the top row of the center four reels, but when they land, the regular reels slow down and cash prizes will slowly scroll into view. You can potentially hit multiple vindicators on a single spin, but I only saw this happen once during my testing. My results were slightly better than the federation wild spins, but not by much.
Bonus Buy Feature
The feature buy in Rick and Morty Megaways forces you to choose the mystery option, which is a bit of a joke considering it costs 150x your stake to purchase. I’m a big fan of bonus buy slots, but I couldn’t help but feel short-changed every time I tried the option in this game. Use the feature buy option at your own risk!
Rick & Morty Megaways – Our Verdict
I expected a lot more from this slot, especially as it seems to have been positively reviewed on many other slot review sites. The additional feature options add very little to the game, and I can’t imagine anyone choosing anything other than the Pickle Rick Spins after testing out the other options a few times. The fact that you can’t choose your preferred feature when paying 150x to purchase a bonus is, quite frankly, incomprehensible.
Sorry, Blueprint – you’ve made much better Megaways slots than this. Legacy of Ra and Vikings Unleashed are two such examples that build significantly on the Megaways concept. I’d suggest skipping Rick and Morty and playing one of those titles instead. Find more slot games from this provider here.
|Release Date:||February 27th, 2020|
|Special Features:||Cascading Symbols, Ascending Multiplier Free Spins, Four Free Spin Modes|
|Layout:||6 Reels, up to 117,649 Payways|
|RTP (When playing normally):||96.55%|
|RTP (If only bonus buy is used):||97.05%|
|Cost of Bonus Buy Feature:||150x Stake|
|Maximum Win:||50,000x Stake (Capped)|