Pokie players flock to animal-themed machines like a stampede. It’s no wonder that iSoftBet chose to make its latest Megaways pokie feature jungle animals. Majestic Megaways is iSoftbet’s addition to its portfolio, but does it do enough to become king of the jungle?

Majestic Megaways Fundamentals

As the name suggests, this pokie uses the Megaways engine to create a huge number of paylines. The special 6×7 layout creates a potential staggering 117,649 possible paylines! Wins on Majestic Megaways can be huge, as you can see.

You always use 20 coins as your base bet with a wide range of coin values possible. $0.20 is the lowest bet you can make with $20 the maximum. This leads to Majestic Megaways being for more recreational players and not overly suited to high rollers.

It’s surprising, with this target demographic, that iSoftBet made the pokie with high variance. It would make more sense to have it lower so there aren’t long dry spells between big wins. The machine’s RTP is an average at 96.11%.

It’s the bonus spins round where the biggest prizes lay in wait. There’s the possibility of unlimited extra spins and a multiplier that doesn’t reset on losing spins. Majestic Megaways has a maximum payout of 20,000 coins during this feature. That equates to $400,000 on a single spin, which isn’t to be sniffed at.

Majestic Megaways Symbols

There are 10 different symbols on this pokie and they’re needed to fill the many spaces on the layout. The all too familiar royals are present and correct, running from 9 to Aces. These are the lowest-paying symbols. You’re not going to win anything meaningful unless you land six.

Jungle animals are where the biggest prizes are and they’re the star of the show. Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, and the Majestic Megaways Lion are the symbols you want to land. The lion, in particular, pays 1,000 coins for landing six matching symbols.

Three non-paying symbols also feature. The Wild is represented by a sunset behind a tree. It substitutes for all other symbols except the bonus. That bonus is a blue diamond symbol. Land four for 12 free spins plus five more free spins for each additional bonus symbol.

Finally, there’s the full moon mystery symbol. These symbols transform into a random symbol when they land.

Majestic Megaways Pay Table

Symbol Two Three Four Five Six
9 x2 x4 x8 x16
10 x3 x5 x10 x18
J x3 x5 x10 x20
Q x4 x5 x12 x20
K or A x4 x8 x12 x35
Buffalo x5 x10 x15 x40
Rhino x5 x20 x30 x40
Elephant x20 x40 x50 x150
Lion x40 x100 x200 x500 x1,000

What Are The Bonus Features

The bonus features have the potential to award big wins, but they’re quite unoriginal. It’s a shame because every software provider who uses the Megaways engine seems to go down the same route.

Cascading Wins isn’t a bonus, rather a feature. Winning symbols are removed and replaced by new symbols that fall into place. The process continues until no more winning combinations happen.

Your best chance of big wins comes from the Bonus Spins round. This happens when four Bonus symbols land during a spin. You can also guarantee this happens by clicking the Majestic Bet. It costs you 75-times your stake but you’re guaranteed 12 bonus spins. If you’re reading this from the UK or are planning to head there, this bet isn’t available.

Majestic Megaways’ bonus spins play out like the base game but with a big difference. Each cascading win increases the multiplier and it doesn’t reset until the feature ends. There’s no limit to how large the multiplier can reach, making gargantuan wins possible.

Conclusion

We can’t help but feel iSoftBet played it safe with Majestic Megaways. It’s fun to play, but there’s a nagging feeling it could be more fun. Software providers are getting used to using the Megaways engine so we can only hope one of them pushes the boundaries more in future releases.

As things stand, Majestic Megaways is a good pokie in the iSoftBet portfolio. It’s just a shame pokie players these days expect more than just good.