Fans of video games from the 1990s in particular can tell you that the 8-bit and 16-bit platformer-style games were the most popular for over a decade. Mega Boy seeks to capture a lot of the magic of that era of video games with a theme that looks like it was straight out of one of them. Based on a visual motif and set of characters that matches this theme, this online slot by iSoftBet has a number of features thanks to in-game power-ups and other goodies to boost your chances of winning and to increase the size of the prizes that you do win.
Format of the Slot
This slot uses a 25-payline layout spread across five reels with three rows of symbols. This is a pretty standard layout, but players will notice that the center spot of the third reel has a frame around it. We'll come back to that in a moment. Coins range from $0.01 to $0.20 each, so players can bet from $0.25 to $5.00 per spin in this game. There are no options to change the number of paylines or the number of coins on each payline. This game has a medium volatility overall, but it still maintains a decent hit-rate that keeps the swings to a manageable level.
Wild symbols show up one very reel. However, they do not have their own special winning combination. This means that five wilds gets the 2,000x top payout for five of a kind in cherries. If you land the wild on the center of the middle reel, then you'll be given one of the two characters, and that leads to some great features and extra value. This is a good example of iSoftBet online slots having some atypical features and approaches to gameplay that you don't really see anywhere else.
Level 1 Power-Ups
If you get the small orange character with the horns, this means you'll get level 1 power-ups. You can get 2x multipliers on your winnings; wilds that copy themselves up, down, left and right; wilds that extend to cover an entire reel; and all symbols of a particular type switch to wilds. These are mostly wild-based features, and they give you a better chance of hitting wins that you wouldn't have hit anyway, which is the entire point of this level of power-up.
Level 2 Power-Ups
The pink character with the purple hat gives you level two power-ups. You can get a 3x multiplier on all of your wins, wilds that copy themselves diagonally, wilds that stretch left to right, and random symbols that turn into wild symbols. These features give you better chances to hit the larger wins, while the level 1 power-ups are more about boosting your chances to hit multiple small wins on the same spin. It's a bit different approach to how value is given, but they're both great to have.
Top End Payouts
There are five symbols that make up the top end of the payouts. The cherry symbol pays 2,500x for five of a kind, and the heart gives you a secondary jackpot of 1,000x for five. You can also win with two of a kind for these symbols, and those are the only symbols of the game that does that. The star symbol is good for a 600x win when you get five of a kind, and a 500x prize is available for five of the bell symbol. The lucky seven is worth 400x for five as well.
Low End Wins
The lower end of the payout schedule is made up of five stylized A, K, Q, J and 10 symbols in different colors. All of them have funny eyeballs that really fit the theme overall. Five of the yellow A will earn a 300x win, and five of the orange K is good for 250. You can also pick up 200x when you get five of a kind in the purple Q symbol. The blue J or green 10 will both give 125x when you get five of them also.
The overall theme of Mega Boy by iSoftBet is exceptional, and it stands out as being a lot different than anything else that's available in today's industry. The power-up system is really cool, and the payouts are structured in a pretty good way as well. Overall, this is a game that we very much recommend for all types of video slots players, especially those who have fond memories of 8-bit and 16-bit video games.