Ted Megaways Slot Review
Ted Megaways Game Details
|Jackpot:||50 x Stake|
|Auto Play Feature:||Yes|
Ted has been one of Blueprint Gaming’s most successful online video slots for quite some time, and it was only a matter of time after acquiring a license from Big Time Gaming to use their Megaways game mechanic that we were going to see them releasing a sequel to the original; Ted Megaways is the end result, and so far it seems to be going down well with players!
I’ve had a good go of the game myself, and it’s fast-paced, action-packed – and offers significantly more win-potential than the original Ted, so I’m pleased to see it’s proving as popular with other players as it is with me!
As a Megaways game, Ted Megaways has six reels – this number never changes. However, the number of rows on every spin does vary, with every reel able to display between two and 7 symbols. This means there can be up to 117,649-ways-to-win active on each spin, so you don’t need to worry about looking out for paylines or anything like that.
Simply matching three or more adjacent symbols (or two or more of the top-paying symbol) from left-to-right will secure a win, and cascading reels are also present, ensuring winning symbols disappear from the reels with new ones dropping down to fill their place!
So once you’ve chosen a top online slots site to play at, you’re all ready to go. Let’s kick things off with a look at how to actually play – and what game options Blueprint Gaming have built into the slot!
How To Play
Like all Blueprint Gaming slots, Ted Megaways is very easy to play. To select your bet you simply need to use the bet selection slide on the right-hand-side of the screen. Once you’re ready to go you just need to hit the big spin button, and the game will begin!
I should also point out that it’s possible to set autoplay up. This enables you to set up to 100 spins to play out automatically, saving you from having to manually press every time you want to spin the reels!
Symbols and Payouts
The symbols in Ted Megaways are, to be fair, one of the only things Blueprint Gaming haven’t really changed since from the original Ted slot. Aside from a few little touch ups here and there they’re identical – although, due to the fact that the game utilises the Megaways mechanic they do look a bit different, as they essentially come in 7 different sizes.
Like the original version of the game the lower-paying symbols are all depicted by playing card values, including 10, jack, queen, king, and ace; these can pay surprisingly well, especially if you manage to get them all the way across while forming multiple 6-of-a-kind combos.
The game’s higher-paying symbols are all relevant to the game and include a Crate of Beer, a Duck, an Attractive Woman and the Ted logo which is the game’s top-paying symbol. Landing a 6-of-a-kind combo of the Ted symbol will award a payout of a very healthy 50X your stake.
So if you can stack up a few “ways-to-win” it’s not hard to see how you can end up walking away with a few hundred times your stake, even during the base-game. Ted himself is also the wild symbol, although he only appears on the top-most row, and substitutes for all symbols aside from scatter symbols and Mystery Symbols – a feature I’ll be covering in the section below.
Unlike some of Blueprint Gamings other slots (think along the lines of Inspector Gadget, Top Cat, The Goonies and Paws of Fury) Ted Megaways isn’t packed with random features and bonuses – although there is one, which I’ll cover below. However, I should also point out that this random feature is also present during the main free-spins feature.
Random Mystery Symbols
On any spin during the base-game (once you’ve pressed the spin button and before the reels land in place) you may see Ted jump up and pull out his laser gun.
He will then fire up to 100 random symbols onto the reels. Any of these symbols that then land on the spin will all transform to reveal an identical symbol, so if you manage to get the symbols all the way across you’re guaranteed at least a few 6-of-a-kind combos!
There’s no doubt that virtually all of Ted Megaways’ win-potential is found within the main free-spins feature. It’s triggered by landing four or more of the scatter symbols anywhere in view during the base-game, and once you do so you’ll be taken to a Wheel of Fortune-like wheel.
You get to spin this wheel, and it will then award you a number of spins (up to 15) and a minimum number of “ways-to-win” (up to 20,000.) The free-spins will then begin, and you’ll notice a new symbol has been added to the top-most reel; a Gold Ted.
Each time one of these Ted symbols lands in view it will be collected, and every time you get three you’ll be awarded an additional 2 free-spins. The number of ways-to-win will also increase, and if you’re lucky enough to collect enough of the Ted symbols you can unlock the full 117,649-ways-to-win, which then stay locked in place for the duration of the bonus round.
There’s also a progressive multiplier in play, and this increases with every winning cascade; something I’m sure you’re used to seeing in other Megaways slots.
As I mentioned earlier, Ted can also fire his Mystery Random Symbols during the free-spins bonus and it appears to happen quite a lot; I’d say that during a 12-spin free-spins feature you would usually expect to see the mini-feature 3-4 times, and it can be very profitable if it comes when your multiplier is already quite high!
If you don’t reside in the UK you’ll also be able to purchase entry to the bonus round. This is a great option for those who don’t want to wait long to trigger the feature; it’s not uncommon for it to take 500+ spins to land naturally, so, for the cost of 100X your stake, you can opt to trigger it instantly. However, be careful, as it can get very expensive very quickly!
Jackpot and How To Win
As I mentioned in the section above, Ted Megaways does come with a bonus buy option – and this actually does give you a slightly better RTP than were you to grind the base-game in the hopes of hitting a bonus.
Unfortunately, the feature buy option is not available to players located within the UK due to a regulatory decision from the UK’s Gambling Commission, but if you are looking to improve your chances of winning – and want to cut out the, potentially hour-long grind to try and trigger the bonus naturally, it may be a suitable option for you.
I want to point out though, however, that ultimately there are never any “sure fire” ways to win when playing slots. You should only ever deposit what you can generally afford to lose, and there are no slots that can be “beaten”. Anyone that tells you otherwise is lying to you; slots exist, at the end of the day, to make online casinos money, so just be mindful about this and set – and stick to – limits when playing Ted Megaways.
Blueprint Gaming have always been at the forefront of making high-quality video slots – and they’ve held a significant foothold in the European land-based market for many decades. Their online video slots are no exception, and Ted Megaways shows that the software provider are continuing to “up their game”.
When I was putting this Ted Megaways review together I spent a good few hours playing the game from a number of devices; interestingly, it performed worst on my brand new Macbook Pro; my Samsung S9 was able to run the slot perfectly, as was my iPad Air 2, while my Macbook did start overheating after around a 30 minute session.
However, I don’t have any complaints; the HTML5 build is fantastic, it renders well across all types of devices and it’s a very durable game, so you shouldn’t have to worry about disconnections or error messages like other developers (I’m looking at you Quickspin!)
At first, I was a little disappointed to see that Blueprint Gaming had essentially chosen to clone King Kong Cash Megaways. However, once I started playing Ted Megaways for myself I realized the math model is quite different – and I’d personally say it’s quite a lot less volatile than King Kong Cash Megaways.
It appears far easier to reach the maximum 117,649-ways-to-win during the bonus round, and I also really like the fact that the random wilds feature triggers every three-four spins on average during the feature; this is where I found most of my wins forming, and it’s a great little addition!
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Last Updated on October 6, 2020