|Software:||Big Time Gaming|
|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Bet Levels:||0.20 - 30|
|Max Win:||10,000x (excludes jackpot)|
|Free Spins:||Yes (12-unlimited)|
Overview: Bonanza Megapays Slot
One of the biggest, most successful online slot games to come out in recent years is Bonanza Megaways. Created by Big Time Gaming and released in 2016, this mine-themed slot introduced the Megaways concept, which gives a different number of ways to win on each spin. Thanks to its popularity with players, dozens of other Megaways slots have been released since.
Bonanza Megapays is an enhanced version of the original Bonanza Megaways game. What sets this newer version apart from its predecessor are improved graphics and the addition of not one, but four progressive jackpots. All of the same features that made the original such a big hit are present in this new version. The slot’s action takes place outside a mine set within a small rockface. An abundance of lush plants, bushes and grasses adorn the setting and give it some bright green colouring that provides a welcome contrast to the greys of the rocks and stones.
Symbols and Payouts
In case you’re unfamiliar with the Megaways mechanic, we’ll run through it. Bonanza Megapays has a total of six reels and every time you spin them, the reels at either end of the grid can have two to seven symbols on them. The middle four reels can have two to six and directly above these is an extra row where mine carts add symbols to reels beneath them. The all-ways-win system is used, so there aren’t any fixed paylines as such and to win, identical symbols have to land on consecutive reels from left to right.
Every time you spin the reels, each reel displays a randomly determined number of symbols. Since the number of symbols varies, so does the number of ways to win – you can have hundreds, thousands or even over a hundred thousand. In fact, the highest number of ways to win you can get is 117,649, which is possible if all six reels display seven symbols.
Whenever you’re lucky enough to win, all of the symbols involved in the win disappear. They’re then replaced by symbols of the same size dropping down from above to fill the gaps. This is a Reaction. Following a win, you keep on getting consecutive Reactions until no new winning combinations are formed. This gives you the chance to earn multiple winnings from just one spin of the reels.
Bonanza Megapays can be played with bets ranging from 0.20 to 30.00 in size. The low-paying symbols include A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9, while those with higher payouts to give are three coloured crystals and a glittering diamond. All symbols require three on consecutive reels for you to win except the diamond, which only needs two. The diamond is the slot’s most valuable symbol, paying you 50x your bet should one land on each reel. Helping you win is the slot’s wild, which is represented as a stick of dynamite. It fills in for all playing card and crystal symbols, plus the diamond. As well as helping you to form winning combinations, the wild can extend winning combinations and give you even bigger payouts.
Four scatters that spell out ‘GOLD’ can land on the slot’s reels. Should this happen, you’ll be awarded 12 free spins, with every scatter after the fourth giving you an extra five spins. While the free spins round is in play, there’s a multiplier that starts at x1 and increases by x1 for every Reaction that takes place with no upper limit to how big it can get. Every time three mine carts carrying gold bars appears in the extra row on top of the grid, you’re given five extra spins; if four appear, you get ten more spins to use. There’s no limit to how many extra spins you can get.
The new feature that sets Bonanza Megapays apart from the original is Megapays. This is randomly triggered on any spin, though the bigger your bet, the more of a chance you have of triggering it. Megapays is a bonus round that takes place on a separate set of reels that has a glamorous hotel as its backdrop. One of the six playing card symbols is chosen at random and the reels spin. If the spin produces chosen symbols, they’re collected and you get another spin. The feature ends on the first spin where there are no instances of the chosen symbol.
You have a chance of earning one of four progressive jackpots. The one you get depends on how many chosen symbols you’ve collected before the feature ends. The jackpots are as follows:
- Mini Jackpot (starts at €100): 4-7 symbols
- Midi Jackpot (starts at €1,500): 8-11 symbols
- Major Jackpot (starts at €20,000): 12-14 symbols
- Mega Jackpot (starts at €300,000): 15 or more symbols
If you play Megapays but get three or fewer chosen symbols, you won’t win anything. During this feature, you’ll want at least 15 instances of the chosen symbol to land so you can get your hands on the slot’s top jackpot prize.
Verdict: Bonanza Megapays
The original Bonanza Megaways is one of the most influential and popular online slot games to have ever been released. The new Bonanza Megapays takes this hugely successful slot and gives it a potentially lucrative progressive jackpot feature that comes with no fewer than four jackpot prizes for players to win.
Even if you’ve already played the original lots of times, you’re sure to enjoy playing this newer version thanks to its progressive jackpots. The chances of winning are very slim, of course – even if you trigger the Megapays feature, you’re not actually guaranteed to win anything. However, you’ve got to be in it to win it, as they say, and there are plenty of features to keep you entertained while you play, including Reactions and the free spins round. Bonanza Megapays ups the ante and makes an already brilliant slot even better – whatever could come next?