Curse of the Werewolf Megaways slot (Pragmatic Play) slot review
The Curse of the Werewolf Megaways slot offers a frantic pace and sky-high variance, but lacks innovation
The werewolf theme is charming and convenient if you don’t feel like checking the history books!
It’s a Megaways slot, and what I like about Megaways slots is that lots of variations are possible. That’s no different here. It’s is a collection of ideas from Big Time Gaming (the Megaways), Blueprint Gaming (Mystery symbols) and Thunderkick (symbol upgrades like in Pink Elephants).
If these features appeal to you, you’ve come to the right place!
What stands out is the enormous variance and win potential.
Win over 40,000x the bet on Curse of the Werewolf Megaways
40,976x, to be exact. Nowadays, providers like to brag with such blistering wins. And so, does Pragmatic Play. I have some doubts, though, as I don’t see these massive wins so often with Pragmatic Play slots.
Software: Pragmatic Play
Number of paylines: Up to 46,656 Megaways
RTP and variance: 96.5%, Very High variance
Maximum win: Over 40,000 x the total bet
Betting range: $€0.10 – $€100
Bonus features: Free Spins, Mystery symbols, Symbol upgrades
Casino Hipster verdict: Not lousy slot at all, but it lacks some innovative gameplay!
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Curse of the Werewolf Megaways slot – Gameplay and Features
It’s a Megaways slot and comes with the following features:
- There have 6 reels with at least 2 and at most 6 symbols.
- There are at most 46,656 Megaways (6x6x6x6x6x6).
- There is no Avalanche (Cascading, Tumbling) mechanism, and you don’t get re-spins after winning combos.
- Mystery symbols
The premium symbols are the “Red” Werewolves (werewolves facing you with a red background), and 4 main characters (3 male and 1 female). A 6–of-a-kind of Red Werewolves is good for a 10x win.
The low-paying symbols are the 10, J, Q, K and A.
A parchment with the letters WILD represents the Wild symbol.
The “Roaring” Werewolf is the mystery symbol representing any symbol except the Wilds and Bonus symbols (with the letters BONUS).
The main game has no further features. It’s hoping for the free spins because that’s where the win potential is.
How to get the free spins?
If you spin 3, 4, 5 or 6 Bonus symbols, you get 8, 10, 12 or 15 free spins.
During the free spins, you can activate additional free spins if you spin 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 additional (and at the same time) Bonus symbols. It yields 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 extra free spins.
Make no mistake. It can easily require you to spin hundreds of times before you manage to activate the free spins.
Free Spins with symbol upgrades
Here you get symbol upgrades. You’ll see “Yellow” Werewolves (werewolves facing you with a yellow background).
These allow the 4 premium symbols (the 3 male and 1 female) to be upgraded to Red Werewolves.
For this, you need to collect 5 “lives” per symbol. Each Yellow Werewolf gets you 1 to 5 lives. As soon as the first Premium symbol upgrades to a Red Werewolf, you also get a free spin.
The trick is to upgrade all premium symbols as soon as possible.
If you manage to get those upgrades, things can go very, very fast, especially if you manage to spin some retriggers along the way.
Spin a few herds of Red Werewolves, anf you can start making your way to the bank!
Payout percentage (RTP)
The payout percentage is a fine 96.5%. Most Pragmatic Play slots have a payout rate of around 96.5%.
Curse of the Werewolf Megaways slot – the variance (volatility) is high
Pragmatic Play gives a maximum score of 5 out of 5 for the variance.
We expect that most top wins will be around 1,000x the bet, but perhaps even more. This slot feels very volatile.
When I started playing, I faced a loss of 600x. Luckily, I made (most of it) up with the free spins. That indicates that this slot is very erratic, with huge ups and downs.
Great Rhino Megaways, The Dog House Megaways and Starz Megaways have similar variance.
Pros and Cons
- Megaways slot adepts have something to play for!
- The upgrade symbol is compelling and exciting.
- It’s Pink Elephants in a Megaways version.
- Massive win potential.
- Not the most original slot, but it doesn’t always have to be.
- Very volatile
So, who’ll like the slot? And who won’t?
If you like Megaways slots, with a touch of variety, this slot is not a bad idea.
You need a lot of balance, though (or stake lower than usual). You need the free spins to get (most of) the winnings, and it can take a very long time to get these.
If you’d prefer to limit risks, you need a less volatile slot.
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