This example of Stakelogic free pokies takes its theme from the action movie The Expendables, and thanks to the Megaways mechanic is a blockbuster in its own right, with the stars of the movie appearing as icons on the six reels.
They are accompanied by great explosive features drawing their inspiration from the film genre, and the animations accompanying bonus features will keep the player entertained.
Cascading reels are common features on Megaways pokies and The Expendables Megaways is no exception. By hitting a winning combination, you will explode the symbols in that line and new icons will fall down from above and fill those positions, and new winning combinations are calculated. These consecutive winning reactions are theoretically limitless.
There are a few interesting variations in this game, among these is the option to choose between two RTP figures, 96.02% in high volatility mode or 94.02% in low mode. There are also features such as the Bullet Bonus, Wilds which substitute icons and Free Spins. Super stake mode not only doubles your stake but also releases many more winning possibilities. They operate as follows:
• Bullet bonus is activated as bullet icons are collected in the revolver chamber in the top right-hand corner. When five bullets have been collected, they replace five symbols across reels 2,3,4,5 and/or 6 with wilds.
• Free spins mean the low-value symbols A down to 10 disappear from the reels in order beginning with 10 while the free spins mode operates. A win involving a low-value icon will see all those tiles removed. A win multiplier operates during free spins kicking off at x1 and each cascade will see this improve by one. Free spins can be triggered by the appearance of scatter symbols. Four such symbols appearing will award 12 more free spins, five will trigger 16, six will produce 20 and seven will reward you with a maximum 24 free spins.
• Double up your bet via Super Stake and you will trigger a modifier and increase your winning chances by adding 175 wilds or removing the low-value icons. You can expect a hit rate of one in every 32 spins.
There is also a 50-50 gamble feature.
Bets and Payouts
The minimum stake is 0.20 units up to a maximum of twenty. You can simply tap max bet or use the minus and plus buttons. You can also double your bet activating the Super Stake mode and access more winning chances.
For those unfamiliar with the movie the game is based on, the best way to describe the symbols may be by using the actors real names, so here goes.
1. Sylvester Stallone
Six = 2.50x your bet Five = 1.50x Four = 1.00x Three = 0.50x Two = 0.20x
2. Jason Statham
Six = 1.50x your bet Five = 0.50x Four = 0.40x Three = 0.20x
3. Jet Li
Six = 0.35x your bet Five = 0.25x Four = 0.16 Three = 0.05
4. Dolph Lundgren
Six = 0.30x your bet Five = 0.15x Four = 0.10x Three = 0.05x
5. Terry Crews
Six = 0.20x your bet Five = 0.12x Four = 0.08x Three = 0.04x
The lower value icon ranges are as follows:
A - 0.18 to 0.03 K - 0.15 to 0.03 Q - 0.12 to 0.02 J - 0.12 to 0.02 10 - 0.10 to 0.02.
If this whets your appetite, fans of Sylvester Stallone will enjoy Rocky pokies.
Graphics and soundtrack
This game is literally true to its theme. The backdrop to the game evokes the ambience of the chopper shop where the soldiers of fortune have their downtime, and although the sound effects are not as ear-shattering as the movie the features and explosive effects add to the excitement of this pokie.
The game is exciting and unpredictable and so does not need any really fancy effects to enhance it. The Expendable Megaways intrinsic mechanism provides enough action for even the most demanding player.
The Expendables Megaways is a good pokie but its relationship with a high action movie franchise fails to trigger too much excitement when playing the game. The multiplier increasing with each cascade, common with a Megaways pokie, works well, especially when removing low symbols in the Expendables game. However, this is a highly volatile game and getting a bonus round can take time.
There are two versions of the game with contrasting RTPs. The features are similar but the RTP is different. You will need to check the (?) in the table to be sure of which version you are playing.
There are, however some cool features such as the Bullet collection adding up to five extra wilds.
It is hard to criticise too much as the visuals are fun and the win potential is high. Fans of the movie will enjoy it, although maybe it could have a few more features which reflected the movie and appealed to more fans.
Fun to play for anyone who loves Megaways pokies but maybe it does not take advantage of the popularity of the film franchise.