|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Bet Levels:||0.20 - 20|
|Free Spins:||Yes (12-unlimited)|
Developer iSoftBet is at it again, adding another Twisted Tales Megaways slot to their range with Queen of Hearts Megaways. The slot features 6 reels and a maximum of 117,649 ways to win. The max Megaways occur when all reels incorporate 7 rows. While the volatility on this slot is set to high, the RTP has also been turned up to 96.11% – above average for iSoftBet. The bets on this colourful adaptation of Alice in Wonderland start at 0.20 ranging up to 20.00, with a maximum win amount of 35,000x the bet.
Symbols and Payouts
The characters of Wonderland come to life on this game’s paytable. The highest paying symbol is the Queen of Hearts, awarding 25x the bet for 6 of a kind, and 0.5x for 2 of a kind. Then we have the King, the Mad Hatter, and the Rabbit. Landing 6 of these will pay out 5x, 2.5x, and 2x the stake.
On the lower end we find the A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9 in descending order. Landing 6 of these low payers will award 1.5x, 1.5x, 1x, 0.9x 0.5x, and 0.5x respectively. To strike a winning combo, you need to land at least 3 of any symbol, except the Queen of Hearts which starts at 2. The Wild symbol appears only on the centre 4 reels.
First up we have the Cascading Reels feature that we’re pretty familiar with on a Megaways slot. Every win triggers a cascade where all the winning symbols light up with gold and explode to make way for new symbols that fall onto the reels from above. This gives the player numerous opportunities to win on a single bet because the cascading feature continues until no more winning combinations land on the reels.
There are Cheshire Cat Mystery symbols in play during the base game and during the Free Spins feature – more on the free spins later. The mystery symbol does what mystery symbols do… all instances of the Cheshire Cat transform into a randomly selected symbol on the paytable and wins are paid out accordingly.
If there’s one thing that the Queen of Hearts Megaways slot is not lacking it is good-looking symbols. The pink Heart symbol has gold characters in the centre that denote a value ranging from 1x up. Landing 5 or more of these hearts triggers the Queen of Hearts Respin feature which works in much the same way as the Aztec Megaways bonus does.
When the Queen of Hearts Respins begin, the Megaways reels will lock in place. The number of slots on each reel will not change again until the feature is over. The only active symbol during the feature is the Heart that displays different multipliers. Players start with 3 respins that resets back to 3 each time another Heart lands. The aim of the game is to fill up the reels with as many Heart multipliers as possible. When all the respins are done, the value of the multiplier displayed on each Heart will be multiplied by the total bet value and paid out.
Next we have the free spins. The exciting thing about the Queen of Hearts Free Spins is that it incorporates many other features. The spins are capped at 25 and are triggered when 3 or more Bonus symbols land:
- 3 Bonus symbols awards 10 free spins
- 4 Bonus symbols awards 15 free spins
- 5 Bonus symbols awards 20 free spins
- 6 Bonus symbols awards 25 free spins
The Cheshire Cat Mystery symbol is still in play during the free spins, as well as the Queen of Hearts Respin feature. As the free spins roll out on the reels, the multiplier keeps snowballing. It begins at 1x the stake, and each time you hit a win (and achieve a cascade) it increases by 1x. Even if a few insignificant wins land, there’s still a chance of hitting a ‘Queen Win’ because the multiplier keeps growing.
The Royal Guarantee feature ensures that the free spins don’t disappoint entirely. If the free spins end and the total win is less than 10x the stake, then 5 extra spins are added. This can only happen once for every free spin feature.
Lastly, the Max Megaways feature can occur on any spin throughout the game. When a big gold ‘MAX MEGAWAYS’ sign presents itself while the reels are spinning, you can rest assured that all the reels will display their maximum number of 7 rows, allowing the full number of 117,649 active paylines.
Verdict: Queen of Hearts Megaways
It’s very easy to get lost in the magic of Wonderland in this fairy tale Megaways slot. The developers have given the Queen of Hearts an alluring and hypnotizing voice that chants you on throughout the game. The graphics are colourful yet easy on the eye, represented by pastels and gold with a dark green undertone. Fans of the Megaways engine and the Alice in Wonderland story will enjoy this slot. For others, the thrill of game play will depend largely on whether or not you strike the bonus games and free spins.