|6×6 Cascading Grid
|15th February 2024
Lucky 8 Merge Up Demo Free Play
Lucky 8 Merge Up Gameplay
Lucky 8 Merge Up is the second game from BGaming to feature the innovative Merge Up mechanic. Inspired by the popular tile-merging game, 2048, Lucky 8 Merge Up highlights the mechanic using numbered symbols, producing mesmerising spin sequences of cluster wins with merging symbol transformations.
- Cluster Pays: Wins formed by groups of 4+ symbols, horizontally or vertically adjacent, in a ‘cluster’
- Cascading Symbols: Winning symbols disappear to be replaced by a cascade of existing and new ones
- Merge Up Mechanic: Based on a system of symbol progression, winning symbols merge into the next symbol along the line, e.g. on Lucky 8 Merge Up, four 0 symbols become two 1s, and 1s will become 2s, 2s become 3s, and so on
- Chance X2: For a 25% increase in stake size, the chance of triggering free spins is increased
- Free Spins: A round of free spins with special features
Core to the gameplay, the Merge Up mechanic is based on a system of symbol progression where winning symbols merge into the next symbol accordingly. In Lucky 8 Merge Up, there are 9 coloured symbols from 0 to 8. Symbols 0 to 7 are the pay symbols, which award wins when four or more land horizontally or vertically adjacent to form a cluster. Heavyweight hits will come from matching 12+ symbols, which will pay from 5x to 50x your stake accordingly.
As winning symbols merge, existing and new ones cascade to fill any gaps. The combination of symbol cascades and merging symbols into new ones can create more wins, in which case the process repeats until no more wins occur. Note that on Lucky 8 Merge Up, the number ‘8’ is the final level of symbol progression, which acts as the bonus scatter that triggers free spins.
Merge, or land, four or more ‘8’ symbols to trigger the Lucky 8 Merge Up Free Spins. Four, five, or six ‘8’ symbols award 15, 18, and 20 free spins, respectively. The round features cell multipliers, which start at x2 and double in value up to a maximum of x128. Two wins must be formed to trigger a cell multiplier, and with each winning symbol thereafter, on that position, the multiplier doubles.
Multiplier cells apply to all wins that form over them, and when more than one multiplier cell forms part of the same win, the sum of the multipliers is applied. Lastly, the free spins round can be retriggered for four or more ‘8’ symbols in view. In this case, four, five or six ‘8’ symbols award 5, 8 or 10 extra free spins, respectively.
Where available, using the Bonus Buy feature for 100x your bet will skip the base game and take you straight to the bonus round.
Lucky 8 Merge Up – Final Thoughts
Hypnotic and strangely satisfying, Lucky 8 Merge Up captures the tile-merging mood of the catchy game, 2048. The mechanic works well with the rhythm of cascading wins and adds a novel twist. The base game is a laser-focused hunt to trigger free spins and provides a minimalist thrill of Merge Up mechanic action. During free spins, this is multiplied by the doubling multiplier cells, which can elevate wins to rewarding proportions. Overall, Lucky 8 Merge Up is an entertainingly simple yet enthralling game and a must-try for cascading slot fans.