Wolf Legend Megaways is a slot game from Blueprint Gaming that offers a bonus buy feature. Since Big Time Gaming (BTG) patented their Megaways slot design, almost all the world’s major online slot developers have accepted the offer to license this concept, subsequently releasing Megaways-branded games of their own. For this extraordinary situation to unfold in the way that it has, BTG’s original Megaways slots such as Bonanza and Extra Chili must have been even more popular – and therefore lucrative – than anybody could have predicted.
Just after creating this review, and before we could create the bonus video, we noticed that Blueprint Gaming have seemingly removed this game from their portfolio. We’re not sure why they did this, but we will update this post if we find out.
Blueprint Gaming have released more of these games than anyone else, so why should you play Wolf Legend: Megaways over their previous Megaways slot – or the original Extra Chilli? Let’s find out!
Wolf Legend: Megaways Overview
Blueprint’s Megaways slots can be roughly divided into two camps: The first group are those which are very similar to BTG’s own Extra Chilli, usually with little more than a graphical reskin and a slight tweak to the free spins feature. Blueprint might add a pie gamble to the intro or allow the player to choose between different combinations of multiplier and number of spins. Blueprint has wisely chosen to use recognizable themes for many of these games, such as their Ricky and Morty, Viz, and Deal or No Deal slots, to provide additional incentives for players to spin them.
The second camp are games such as Legacy of Ra and Luck of the Irish. These games still haven’t got much in the way of Blueprint’s own ideas or features in them; however, they are at least sufficiently different from other Megaways slots and thus interesting experiences in their own right.
Sadly, Wolf Legend sits in the former group – almost entirely cloned from Extra Chili, and even recycling assets from Blueprint’s own Buffalo Rising Megaways slot. It’s hard to believe Blueprint put much effort into creating this game.
The sheer number of these games that have been released by Blueprint suggests that they may have paid for the right to release many Megaways slots in a short timeframe, forcing them to keep releasing games which appear to be little more than clones of Extra Chili.
Spinning the Reels for the First Time
Wolf Legend uses the familiar six-reel layout we’ve all seen many times, with a random number of pay ways assigned to individual spins by randomly changing the height of each symbol. An extra row of four is positioned above the center four reels, and because winning combinations explode and cascade the symbols which land in these spaces sometimes lets you see which symbol will drop into view next.
There’s nothing unique to the base gameplay in Wolf Legend, and as these games are so ubiquitous nowadays, it seems pointless to go into detail about the rest of the mechanics here. If you are unfamiliar with the typical design of Megaways slots, have a look at our Buffalo Rising: Megaways review, as it provides much more detail about how these games work.
The pay table is identical to that of Extra Chili and many other Blueprint slots, suggesting that the math model just doesn’t have much room for maneuver without significant effort or changes. With a maximum of 117,649 pay ways on each spin, it’s understandable that there aren’t any monster hits on the pay table.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to avoid feeling sometimes disappointed when you see how small your win is, even for most full lines of six symbols. The increasing multiplier in free spins provides a way to break free from these limitations, which makes the bonus buy feature extremely tempting in this game.
Wolf Legend Megaways Features
Like most Megaways games, Wolf Legend is all about the free spins feature, as that is where you have the chance to hit significant wins. It’s also where this game differs from the source material slightly, so let’s talk about that:
Golden Streak Free Spins Feature
Whether you use the bonus buy option or hit the free spins naturally by hitting the scatter symbols, the free spins feature with a unique feature called the “Golden Streak”. In this mode, the standard reels are replaced with reels featuring various numbers of free spins (although mostly one’s), and you’ll need to hit at least one new free spin symbol on each spin to continue your streak.
On the first spin you are guaranteed to hit at least a couple of free spin symbols, but after that you are on your own. The worst round I have experienced resulted in just five free spins total, with ten being about average.
After your streak concludes you are given the option of taking the spins you have collected or gambling for more. You can choose one, two, or three additional streaks, but if you lose the gamble, you lose your bonus round altogether. If you did poorly on the initial streak it can be very tempting to use this feature but be prepared to lose your free spins regularly if you do.
Legend Free Spins Bonus Bet (Bonus Buy Feature)
The bonus buy feature in Wolf Legend is a little cheaper than many similar titles at 75x your current stake, presumably because you don’t automatically receive 10 free spins each time the feature is triggered. Considering that you do tend to win a minimum of around ten free spins from the Golden Streak, this feels like a bargain to me and provides a decent incentive to play this game over other Megaways slots.
Wolf Legend Megaways – Our Verdict
This is mostly a “bog-standard” Megaways game, so if you enjoy these slots, you’ll be happy enough to play Wolf Legend. The 75x bonus buy is an attractive proposition, though the discount doesn’t count for much if you use the gamble feature regularly and end up paying two or three times for each set of free spins.
It’s a fun game, and hard not recommend overall – just don’t expect much in the way of originality or fresh ideas.
|Date Published:||11 April 2019|
|Special Features:||Bonus Buy, Ascending Multiplier Free Spins, Cascading Reels|
|Paylines:||From 324 to 117,649 ways to win|
|RTP (Bonus Buy Feature Only):||Unknown (Cost: 75x Stake)|
|Maximum Win:||50,000x Stake|