Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
WWTBAM, just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Who Wants To Be A Millionaire by Big Time Gaming was released in Novemer 2018 to quite some controversy surrounding it’s bonus game – more on that later.
Part of the Megaways series of slots, WWTBAM offers up to 117,649 win lines and a very interesting bonus game that allows you to win up to 50 free spins with unlimited multipliers.
Does this slot have THE most triggering bonus round?
In traditional Megaways fashion, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire offers largely the same experience as Bonanza and many other Megaways slot in the base game only this time you are looking for 3 WWTBAM symbols to drop into the reels for the bonus game.
WWTBAM is visually great to look at and the sounds come straight from the TV show, it’s entertaining and nice to listen to when playing.
Pros / Cons
- Nice music and sound effects in the game
- Nice graphics and visuals
- Huge wins can be found in the base game
- Exciting bonus round with unlimited multipliers
- The bonus round can leave you with 0 free spins
- Very high variance, not good for small bankrolls
- This slot can leave you feeling like you've lost unfairly
Now, let’s address this Bonus Round.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Bonus:
- The Free Spins bonus is triggered by getting 3 Millionaire symbols on the reels at the same time.
- Just like in the TV show, you have a ladder to climb to get to the top – only this time it’s free spins and not cash, with every ‘step’ you take increasing the number of free spins. To make a step you have to guess whether the letters A, B, C or D are the correct guess to move you up – there is no ‘question’ as such.
- To help you guess the correct answer, you have 3 lifelines – one of which will be awarded at random for every step of the ladder. Ask The Audience will present you with a bar chart that tells you how many of the audience believe each letter is the correct guess. 50/50 removes two wrong answers then it’s a straight up guess as to which one is correct. Phone a friend will tell you how certain the (virtual) friend is that they know the answer (for example, that may say A – 56%) then you must decide whether to go with it or not.
- You start the ladder on 8 spins, you can collect these but if you choose to answer the first question you have a chance of getting it wrong and the bonus will end with no freespins being played.
- Just like in the real game, you have safe zones where even if you answer a question wrong you cannot lose the spins that you have banked – these safe points are at 10 spins and 20 spins. Answer a question wrong at any space in-between and you’ll drop down to the nearest safe zone and you’ll be awarded those spins. For example, if you’re at 18 spins are going for 20 and you guess wrong, you’ll go down to 10 spins and the free spins will start.
- You can walk away at any stage and collect the free spins that you’re currently on.
Ok, so far so good right? All sounds great – so where is the problem?
The problem lays in the fact that your decision as to which letter you pick is heavily influenced by the information the slot gives you on your lifelines. It is not uncommon for an ‘Ask The Audience’ to tell you that over 90% of the audience believe the answer to be, for example, A only for you to choose A and it’s wrong, the actual answer was, for example, D yet only 2% of the audience guessed that, so why would you ever go for it? This leads to moments of rage and anger for many, especially as the bonus doesn’t come around that often.
It’s entirely possible and does happen a lot that the first gamble to get from 8 spins to the safe zone of 10 spins can result in a losing guess despite the game steering you to choose a particular answer which turns out to be wrong. It feels extremely deceitful.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a good game, it’s just not a great game – the potential of this slot is incredible, especially when you get towards the 50 free spins, however the amount of luck required to get there is unbelievable and when it feels like the slot is purposefully misleading you, it’s hard pill to swallow.