When writing this review, I went back and played the original Pig Wizard slot from 2015 to see how far Blueprint Gaming has progressed in terms of visuals since then. The gameplay and mechanics are still solid, but the RTP of 93.74% is incredibly low for an online slot and should be avoided as a result. Typical of Blueprint’s current slot machines, The Pig Wizard is hectic and feature-heavy. It’s funny that Blueprint apparently scrapped the name “Harry Trotter – The Pig Wizard” from the game’s marketing materials before release due to legal concerns, despite the fact that the name is obviously a reference to Harry Potter. At least, we think that’s the case.
The Pig Wizard Megaways, the sequel, is an all new experience. It has six reels and a maximum of fifteen thousand six hundred and twenty-five different ways to win, plus it has a bunch of reel modifiers and a free spins bonus where a multiplier of up to fifty times is applied to each spin at random. Thankfully, the RTP is much better here, albeit at 95.75 percent it’s still below the normal rate of return of 96%. The Pig Wizard Megaways is available from €/$0.10 to €/$10 per spin across all devices.
The Pig Wizard Megaways may have been influenced by the Harry Potter series, but it is not quite as serious. The game’s ambiance is captivating, thanks to the presence of a hog sorcerer and the juxtaposition of the supermoon and a castle in the distance. The imagery is smooth and detailed, and the colors pop. In other words, it’s a visually appealing video slot machine. You’ll find six suits with numbers 9 through A on the reels. Golden hog coins, wizard hats, treasure boxes, and spellbooks with wings make up the four prizes. The latter offers the highest payout (10 times your initial bet) for a 6-of-a-kind or better. A wild symbol, which occurs on every reel except the first, will stand in for any other icon save the scatters.
Blueprint Gaming’s The Pig Wizard Megaways (Featuring)
Each spin of the reels in a game powered by the Megaways engine will generate a different number of rows (between 2 and 7) on each reel. When everything is unlocked, there are 15,625 possible outcomes. The game also comes with a bunch of extras called Mystery Mirror modifers, which are Blueprint staples. The following can occur on any spin of the base game at random:
If the symbol in the mirror corresponds to a winning combination on the reels, only the winning symbols remain in place while the rest of the reels respin. New winning combinations are retained and the reels are spun again if they appear. This process will keep going until there are no more visible winning symbols.
Magical Win Spin: The Pig Wizard sprinkles the reels with wilds and/or mystery symbols. Besides the scatter symbol, the mystery symbol reveals any additional matching symbols.
Winnus Revealo – the Pig Wizard arrives at the end of a spin to change a losing game into a victory or boost an existing win to an even better one.
The Magic Spins Free Spins bonus is activated when three or more scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. The feature awards 10, 12, 15, or 20 free spins, depending on the number of scatter symbols that triggered it. If you manage to land 2 or more scatter symbols during the round, you will be awarded with an unlimited number of additional spins: 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 additional spins, respectively, for 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters.
Now, the highlight of this game is a random multiplier that increases your payouts by up to 50x on every spin. You can also take advantage of win streaks, additional wilds, and mystery symbols thanks to the Mystery Mirror modifiers that are active here as well.
Opinion on Blueprint Gaming’s The Pig Wizard Megaways
While there are obvious differences between this and the original Pig Wizard game, the Megaways version adds little to the genre. The major focus of the game is the respin feature, which activates often. But the value of the symbols appears abnormally low, thus it never seems to lead to anything extraordinary. That’s why the free spins bonus round’s random multiplier is so important to racking up big wins.
The Pig Wizard Megaways seems to have a lot going for it at first glance. As is typical with Blueprint Gaming titles, the visual presentation is top-notch, and the game’s features and gameplay provide a lengthy experience. Not as satisfying mathematically. Unfortunately, the low payouts make the main game virtually meaningless. The RTP is also lower than we’d like to see in a game. At least, that’s how it seemed while we were actually playing. The free spins bonus makes up for that somewhat, but be prepared to receive many spins with meager multipliers of 2x or 3x. In all, it’s a serviceable slot machine, but not one that will win over many new fans.