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Megaways Duel of the Dead Exclusive Interview with Kalamba Games' Piotr Simon

Megaways Duel of the Dead Exclusive Interview with Kalamba Games' Piotr Simon
Charlie Vogelsang
by Charlie Vogelsang Last updated:

An exclusive look into Megaways Duel of the Dead

It's not every day that you can find an online slot that combines zombies and the Wild West - but the creative minds at Kalamba Games have done just that with its upcoming slot. Duel of the Dead Megaways, also known as Megaways Duel of the Dead, is releasing on the 22nd of March 2023.

With a maximum win of 20,000x the stake and an amazing theme, Duel of the Dead Megaways is set to be one of the biggest slots of the year from Kalamba. Thankfully, we managed to speak with Piotr Simon, the Product Owner at Kalamba, to get an exclusive interview on the upcoming slot.

Megaways™ Duel of The Dead is set to launch on March 22nd. Can you tell us more about this upcoming title?

Megaways™ Duel of The Dead is a release we’ve been excited about for some time - it has high-intensity action throughout and a real focus on entertainment and player enjoyment.

Players can look forward to multiple features that can be triggered in the base game along with varying free spin round mechanics, which means each spin is unique. The slot is set across six reels and utilises the popular Megaways™ mechanic to award ever-changing reel sizes with each spin.

Symbols depicting various cowboy characters must create a matching combination across up to 84,035 paylines to be awarded a win. If the sheriff symbol is landed during a spin the zombies go wild feature is triggered and some symbols are replaced by zombie symbols!

Duel of the Dead Megaways Online Slot by Kalamba Games
Duel of the Dead Megaways
Kalamba Games
Max payout:
20,000x stake
Win lines:
Horror, Wild West
Release date:
22nd Mar 2023

The sheriff will begin firing on the undead horde with each landed shot turning the zombie into a wild with an increasing 1x multiplier attached for each additional shot hit. The zombie takeover of this western town has depleted the Sheriff’s resources and upon her running out of ammo, zombies not yet turned into wild multipliers will return to normal symbols.

Additionally, the imprisoned zombie on the sixth reel can be unleashed. Named Deadeye Bob, this zombie will fire back at the Sheriff triggering the Duel feature. This allows Deadeye Bob to also add multiplier wilds to the reels and retriggers the Sheriff allowing her to again fire more bullets, continuing the action-packed big win-awarding shootout!

With so much action in the base game, what does the bonus game have in store for players?

Free spins are triggered for landing three scatters in the base game with more symbols awarding even more spins! Here, the Sheriff's ammunition is held between spins, meaning that if, for example, she managed to land 10 shots on the zombies during the first spin, at least 10 shots will be fired again in all subsequent spins with this figure increasing each time the Sheriff symbol is landed.

Additionally, Deadeye Bob can also make a return, further increasing the number of shots throughout the free spins round. Players can also buy this bonus and be awarded guaranteed features for a slightly increased price if they are keen to see a pistol-wielding zombie or aiming to secure some of the big win potential available. With a huge 20,000x max win up for grabs, the multiplier wilds provided by shooting the zombie horde are the key to big bounties.

Megaways™ Duel of The Dead blends different themes to create a standalone hit, can you tell more about this and the art direction within the slot?

Megaways™ Duel of The Dead combines multiple different aesthetics with each being incredibly popular. Zombies have mass media appeal due to their prevalence across different mediums and we have taken this appeal and integrated some of the tropes associated with the theme into the slot.

Take the backdrop of a church cemetery and our main protagonist shooting at zombies to be awarded multiplier wilds and respins, for example - the influence not only inspired the slot’s design but its gameplay too.

Additionally, all this action takes place in a western time frame allowing us to integrate some gunslinging action into the slot’s features whilst aligning with the design of the slot. Our talented artists also added some cell shading elements to give the slot a feeling more commonly attributed to comic books. Pop culture references and maybe a meme or two also heavily influenced Megaways™ Duel of The Dead, so this multifaceted release appeals to a broad spectrum of player tastes.

Megaways™ Duel of The Dead represents your fifth Megaways release. How are Kalamba Games putting your spin on the popular mechanic?

Whether you’re a new player to our ever-growing portfolio of high-quality titles or somebody who is already accustomed to our slots, you should know that Kalamaba is well known for being inventive with our interpretation of mechanics and gameplay. This original take on game mechanics, themes and features allows us to take Megaways™ in a new direction that players won’t have experienced before.

Rumble Ratz™, for example, sees the reels expand by landing instant cash prizes on them as opposed to them just randomly expanding each spin. 9 Blazing Cashpots Megaways™ and Machina Reloaded Megaways™ benefit from the K-Cash concept being integrated alongside Megaways™.

This allows for numerous symbols once landed to unlock jackpot prizes and changing reel sizes increases the entertainment by allowing for more symbols than a traditional slot to be present on the reels. Whereas Phat Cat Megaways™ has locking reel sizes and nudging mechanics.

These along with a host of additional features in each title demonstrates that Megaways™ provides a basis for us to be creative with and reimagine what the mechanic can offer players whilst boosting the entertainment provided.

Megaways™ Duel of The Dead releases on slot sites on the 22nd of March - so be sure to check it out.

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Charlie Vogelsang
by Charlie Vogelsang Last updated:

For Charlie, it’s all about flashy slots with unique mechanics and crazy themes. Her slot experience began with Dead or Alive II, but the first slot that really caught her eye was Moon Princess and it fuelled her passion for playing online slots. Since then, she’s been determined to find the latest and greatest slots from across the world.