Lightning Strike Megaways UK Online Slot

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Lightning Strike Megaways is a 6 reels online slot game by Blueprint Gaming. Lightning Strike Megaways has Expanding and Sticky Wild, Bonus Game, Multiway, Mystery Symbol, and Free Spins features, and an RTP of 96.50%. Each spin can have up to 15, 625 ways to win!

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Lightning Strike Megaways UK Online Slot

Stop us if you think that you've heard this one before, but there are hordes of online slots which have been released in the past few years that draw inspiration from Norse myths and legends. In fact, there are almost as many of them as you'd find fighting on screen during a good battle sequence in the TV show ‘Vikings,' upon which we pin the trend. Blueprint Gaming is the latest to enter the fray with Lightning Strike Megaways, which was released in February 2019.

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There's a battle raging in the stormy seas which form the background to this slot, which isn't quite the most visually attractive that Blueprint has ever come up with. We've been a little spoiled by the graphics in Blueprint's online slot games down the years, and this is a pinch below the perfection that you'll see in some of their other offerings. That's fine though - not everything has to be an oil painting so long as it plays well. Red Tiger Gaming's Thor's Lightning slot probably wins the battle of the ‘best looking' stakes, but Lightning Strike Megaways has a lot going for it in terms of generosity and features.

For a start, this is a ‘Megaways' slot. Blueprint have bee getting their money's worth out of the innovative ‘Megaways' system ever since they struck a deal with fellow UK online slots developers Big Time Gaming to make use of their invention last year. With ‘Megaways' in operation, the size of each row on the reels can vary between every spin. That's because the size of each symbol can also vary - and you might even see different sizes and numbers of symbols on each reel. On one spin you might have two very large symbols on your first reel. On the next, you may have five, and then three after that. This makes the slot highly variable, but it also opens up a massive 15,625 different ways to win. To help you out with this, wins can be counted right-to-left as well as left-to-right.

With so much space to occupy on the rin the old Norse Gods to understand them - most people have heard of Odin, Freya, Loki, and Thoeels, it's inevitable that there will be a lot of symbols to take into account, so the entire fleet of playing card symbols from 9 through to A are here to account for the least valuable options. Notable figures from Norse legend account for the rest of them. You don't need to have a doctorate r - especially those of you who have been watching the ‘Avengers' series of movies.

There is a wild to keep your eyed peeled for too, and it comes in the shape of Thor's legendary hammer. It can only appear on the middle four reels, but when it does, it will replace every other symbol to help you out with winning combinations.

The slot also comes with a mystery symbol, which is gold and fashioned after the style of Yggdrasil. That's the tree of life in Norse mythology, as opposed to the online slot games developer (although that's also where they take their name from). When the Yggdrasil symbol appears, it will hold its position until the reels have finished spinning, and then morph into a set of matching symbols.

Lightning Strike Megaways Developer - Blueprint

As we alluded to at the beginning of this review, we strongly associate Newark’s Blueprint Gaming with two things when it comes to their online slot games; fantastic graphics, and multiple bonus features. Lightning Strike Megaways has neither, but still manages to be a fun and playable slot in its own right.

In practice, Blueprint is the UK online slots arm of Germany's Gauselmann group, who have been active in the world of casinos since the mid 20th century. They have a range of exciting and original slots on offer, but they also frequently work with television and film properties. Even ‘Three Lions’ - the official slot game of the England football team - is a Blueprint Gaming product! ‘Ted’ is probably their best-looking work, whereas ‘King Kong Cash online slot’ is a great example of what they can do with quirky bonuses.

Since acquiring the rights to use ‘Megaways' from Big Time Gaming, Blueprint have been experimenting with the platform to see what it can do. Diamond Mine online slot, Primal Megaways and Temple of Treasure Megaways are all fine examples, but with Lightning Strike, they're now showing us that they can refine the system, too. We feel that the more they work with the system, the better they'll become.

Lightning Strike Megaways Slot Bonus Features

Lightning Strike Megaways has two bonus features, both of which are triggered during the base game.

The first of them is the Lightning Strike Free Spins feature. Every time Thor’s hammer lands on the reels, it will expand and cover its whole reel and then stick in place, awarding you one free spin. On that free spin, your hope is that another wild will land, in which case you’ll then have a second expanded wild reel, and you’ll spin again. The objective is to turn four reels wild, which will result in a huge payout. Even better, each wild symbol also comes with a multiplier which will be applied to any wins you find during a free spin. The feature ends either when you have four wild reels, or you spin and don’t find any new wilds.

Mega Spins is basically a huge ‘wheel of fortune’ feature, and you’ll be offered the chance to play it any time you find a winning combination which is worth five times your line bet or more. With that done you’ll be taken to a giant wheel of fortune which is split into green and red. Spin and land in the green section and you win. Land in the red section and you lose. In the initial stages the red section is very small, but the longer you play on, the larger it will become. The gamble here is that you can either take whatever you’ve won, take some ‘mega spins’ (which are free spins with additional wild and mystery symbols added to the reels) instead of your win, or spin the wheel again to see if you can increase what’s on offer. If you spin the wheel again, you’ll be offered a higher cash payout or more mega spins. The moment you land in the red you lose everything, so be cautious!  

Lightning Strike is about as straightforward a ‘Megaways’ slot as we’ve seen, lacking the ‘Collapsing Wins’ feature we see in so many ‘Megaways’ online slots and also cutting back on the number of potential ways to win. We think that’s a positive though - some players find the more complicated ‘Megaways’ slots to be off-putting, and so this is a good compromise option. The bonus features can potentially be big payers if your luck is in, too.