UnPhiltered Slot Review: Piggy Riches Megaways by Netent RedTiger
Last year the slots landscape changed with the purchase of Red Tiger by NetEnt. One of the original slot companies, tracing back to the late 1990s was moving into the M&A market. After experiencing a huge drop in share price from the 2016 “glory days”, before the explosion of new and innovative slot companies, NetEnt went big, bold, and bullish into their purchase of Red Tiger. Red Tiger was a great choice, with some solid titles performing well around the world, a big presence in Asia, and a licence to use the BTG Megaways reels players fell in love with from the launch of Bonanza.
So, what has this deal for up to £220 million brought us, aside from less office space in Malta? Well, the wait is over as the first joint release of the two companies is Piggy Riches Megways. NetEnt are proud traditionalists, this much is clear from their recent “Max” versions of their older slots, offering the same game with a more volatile pay model, so it makes obvious sense that one of their classic hits would be the first game to get the Megaways treatment. But is it any good?
The game uses the red tiger layout and overlay, which I assume is due to the Megaways being built into Red Tigers system, not NetEnt’s, so the game-play and speeds, the bonus teases, the wild reels, are all similar to how they appear on any other Red Tiger Megaways release. The base game is pretty standard, no sideways spinning top or bottom reels like the BTG slots, but it does come with random Wild Reels. These can pay from 2x to 7x, with up to 3 of them landing on one spin. The theme is solid, pigs, cash, and a nice mansion. Basically think the Kardashians, but with pigs instead of… well worse pigs. So it’s pretty much identical.
Oddly I think this is the first Red Tiger megaways slot with no random in-game feature, but 3 Scatters on the reels anywhere triggers the free spins. A wheel spins and gives up to 22 spins with a multiplier up to 10x. This feature has positives and negatives. While its fun to watch a wheel, builds excitement, and can add some volatility, it also decreases the engagement a bit. As this slot has no bonus buy (At least that I can see), the game is adding to the longevity of triggering the bonus by adding a way for the bonus to instantly be a negative for the player. If the player lands on 7 spins x1, add that on to the very low odds of hitting a bonus, I can see this getting on peoples “play once and not again lists”. So far when making this review after 1,200 spins we didn’t get a bonus, but I will update once it lands. I am achin’ for some bacon at this point.
Legal stuff – 95.7% RTP (Why under 96?) Up to 10,000x max win.
SCORE – It’s hard to measure. When you see NetEnt, and the worldwide acclaim that Dead Or Alive 2 has (Ignoring the worlds most boring base game, that bonus makes up for it a thousand times over), and you combine it with Red Tiger, you expect… more? It feels like the design, the idea, the name, were all great, but the end product, and especially the bonus round, were just afterthoughts. With the volatility of the Megaways bonus, you can make insane things happen. Every BTG Megaways title feels innovative, sometimes in the wrong direction admittedly, but they change what they do each time. Even Blueprint for all their mass production of titles had the same idea for Spins/Multiplier offer on Megaways with Safari Gold and Leo Vegas own branded slot months ago. It just feels… lazy. It’s playable for sure, it’s not a bad game by any means, but it just leaves you wondering why you would play this over any of the similar, and to be honest, superior, near-identical offerings. That being said as it is NetEnt and Red Tiger, this game will be guaranteed great positioning and good traffic, but on the player enjoyment and player rating categories, this one will be on the outside of the barbecue looking in.