Spin your way to a million in Big Time Gaming’s latest offering – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. This highly-anticipated video slot is playable from as little as 20p, and makes use of BTG’s famed ‘Megaways’ game mechanic. This means there’s up to 117,649-ways-to-win active on each spin! An exciting Free Spins Bonus allows you to gamble your starting free-spins (all the way up to 50X), and an increasing multiplier ensures big prizes, too! Find out all about it here, in our Who Wants To Be A Millionaire slot review.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is an award-winning TV show, that originated from the UK in 1988. Hosted by the loveable Chris Tarrant, contestants must answer just 15 questions; if they get them all right, they’ll win a million pounds! The series proved to be a phenomenal success, and was soon adapted to multiple global versions. The show’s producers probably didn’t’ anticipate Big Time Gaming putting their spin on things, though! Well – they have – and while it’s not the first slot to be themed around the show, it’s fair to say BTG have done an incredible job – and this volatile monster of a slot can produce some mega wins!
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a 6-reel slow which uses Big Time Gaming’s ‘Megaways’ game mechanic. This means that the number of symbols on each row changes per spin, from between 2 and 7. Landing all six reels with the maximum number of symbols will create a whopping 117,649-ways-to-win. Wins are made by matching symbols on adjacent reels – their position doesn’t matter – and this basically means paylines are redundant. Below reels 2, 3, 4, and 5, there is also an ‘Extra Reel’, which contains one symbol per row. This mean that on these three reels, there’s guaranteed to be 3 symbols.
The game is playable from between 20p and £10 per spin, and like all of Big Time Gaming’s latest releases, it’s mobile-optimized. This means you can enjoy the action from the majority of your mobile devices. You’ll find a handy autoplay feature built-in to the slot, which allows you to set up to 100 spins to play-out automatically. You’ll also find the usual assortment of game settings, which include detailed help files, and a volume on/off toggle. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire comes with an RTP fixed at 96.27%.
With such a popular theme, it’s evident that Big Time Gaming wanted to make the slot as realistic as possible – and you’ll see the reels are positioned in the ‘hot seat’ – the place where the contestant sites in the game show. The set can be seen behind and to the side of the reels, and purple, neon lighting sets an ambient mood. The game’s logo is found to the top-right-hand-corner of the screen, and best of all is the sound effects. You’ve got to play it for yourself to really appreciate it, but it really does feel like you’re sat in the hot seat when you play!
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’s Symbols and Payouts
Like most of BTG’s slots, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire uses a combination of low and high-value symbols. The low-value ones are all playing card symbols, and include a 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. Landing 6-kind combos will award 0.8X, 0.9X, 1X, 1X, 1.75X and 1.75X your stake respectively.
The Green, Blue, and Red Gems are the medium-to-high value symbols, and matching a 6-of-a-kind combo of these will award you a payout worth 2X, 2X, and 7.5X your stake respectively. Finally, you’ve got the Purple Gem symbol, which is the game’s top-paying symbol. Landing a 6-of-a-kind combo of this symbol will award a payout worth 50X your stake. It also pays for landing just two symbols, too.
The game’s wild symbol is represented by a Multicoloured ‘?’ symbol, and this substitutes for every symbol apart from the scatter. The scatter is represented by the Millionaire Logo, and landing three or more of these in view triggers the main bonus round, which you can read about below.
Bonuses and Features
There’s a ton going on in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – read all about the exciting features below.
Any time you make a win, the symbols that formed part of the win will ‘blast’ away. New symbols will then cascade down, and these reactions continue until no more winning combinations are made.
The main bonus round is a free-spins feature, and this is triggered by landing three or more of the ‘Millionaire’ logo anywhere in view on the reels. You are then awarded 8 free-spins – but you are first taken to ‘play’ Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – and this gives you the chance of gamble your spins, up to a maximum of 50.
Now, you can either choose to take the 8 spins, or gamble up to 10. There are three methods of gambling, and it’s chosen at random:
- Phone a Friend: one of the four answers will be the ‘most likely’ to be correct. This is shown by a percentage.
- Ask The Audience: similar to above, one of the four answers will be highlighted as ‘most likely’ to be correct. Again, you’re shown a percentage.
- 50/50: two random wrong answers are removed – you simply have to pick one of the remaining two.
If you gamble correctly, you move up the ladder – and it’s possible to win a maximum of 50 free spins. Plus, when you reach 10 free-spins and 20 free-spins, they’re ‘safe’, so you’re guaranteed them.
Now, during the free-spins, there’s also an increasing multiplier. Each time you get a winning reaction, the multiplier increases by 1X – and there’s no cap on how high the multiplier can go, so there’s some insane potential to hit massive here.
You can also re-trigger more free-spins, by seeing three or four of the ‘Millionaire’ scatter symbols appearing below the reels. This awards 4 or 8 spins respectively.
As with almost all of Big Time Gaming’s upcoming slots, Who Wants to be a Millionaire was released with huge amounts of anticipation within the online gambling world. While it hasn’t performed quite as well as some predicted, it’s fair to say it’s been a success – and it’s not hard to see why.
The fact that players are able to change the game’s volatility in the bonus round means it appeals to players of all types – and the bonus tends to drop in far-more frequently than, say, Bonanza too, as you only need to land three of the scatter symbols to trigger the feature. While gambling up to 50 spins is very rare, doing so will basically guarantee you a monster win (upwards of 1,000X your stake). Still, even taking 10 spins can lead to some massive wins as well.
Everything from the game’s visuals to the sound effects are designed in keeping with the original TV show, and it really does feel as though you’re sitting in the hot seat when you play! Definitely worth playing, and it’s definitely one of BTG’s best slots released so far.Interested in checking out more of the game developer’s slots? Have a read of our The Final Countdown slot review. It’s their latest release, and it’s been coined ‘Danger High Voltage 2’ – so, as you can imagine, there’s some mega win-potential to be found!