Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll probably have heard of and played a few Megaways slots.
So, what’s the deal with them, and why have they become so popular? Developed by a bunch of slot-loving Aussies, also known as Big Time Gaming – they offer a brand new way of playing slots and have revolutionised the industry!
How do Megaways Slots work?
Here’s a quick explanation: each game comes with a random reel modifier that changes how many symbols land on a reel on each spin. This can offer players 100,000s of ways to win, which naturally has a HUGE effect on the entertainment value.
Chuck in the odd win multiplier, some sticky wilds plus re-triggerable free spins, and you can see why this format has become so popular.
Some games like 1 Million Megaways BC expand their reel-set in the bonus games, which gives you even more Ways to Win. The numbers can get crazy.
So how does it work? Well, Megaways slots have up to 6 reels (like the Santa King Megaways slot, for example) and a maximum of 8 symbols on each reel (including an extra horizontal reel at the top of your gameplay), and the number of symbols that hit can differ dramatically from spin to spin.
The number of icons on each reel is multiplied to give you the final number of ways to win. Bonza! You’ll usually find a handy counter to the reels’ left or right to tell you how many win ways you’re playing with.
Megaways Slots Paylines
The main feature that attracts players to Megaways slots is the sheer number of paylines available in this game. The added reel allows up to 117,649 ways to win, allowing for crazy winning combos.
This is the premiere feature and is the main reason Megaways games exploded in popularity, changing the slot world as we know it.
Megaways Slots RTP
The return to player (RTP) percentage of a slot can make or break its success. Many modern Megaways titles have high RTP percentages; this is also a factor of why they are so popular among players.
In most Megaways slots, you’ll typically see an RTP percentage of 96% or above. However, this is not always the case. If a slot is rated as a 96% RTP slot, in theory, you should return 96% of your funds over long-term play, but since slots use RNG, this can vary.
The First Megaways Slot
The first official game with the Megaways title was Dragon Born Megaways, released in 2016 by Big Time Gaming. However, a game with Megaways features was released prior, the timeless Bonanza slot!
Those enterprising Aussies soon realised they were on to a good thing and sold the Megaways mechanism to many other game makers, including Blueprint Gaming, Inspired Gaming and Scientific Gaming, amongst others!
And the rest is slot history.
What Megaways Slots can I play at Wombat Casino?
Here at Wombat Casino, you can play several Megaways slots, including Reel Lucky King Megaways, Gimme Gold Megaways and Fruit Shop Megaways. We’re adding new Megaways slots every week, so check back and play all your favourite Megaways slots!
Most Popular Megaways Slots
As mentioned above, Megaways slots are some of the most popular slots on the planet, and with new Megaways slots being released all the time, it can be hard to find the right one for you. Below are some of the most popular Megaways slots among players; look!
Monopoly Megaways is one of the most popular slots here at Wombat Casino and is one every player should at least play on demo mode. Released in 2019, by Big Time Gaming, this Megaways slot has become a staple in the world of online slots. Monopoly Megaways offers 117,649 ways to win, making gameplay that bit more exciting.
An extremely volatile game with a progressive win multiplier in the bonus keeps slot fans returning for more. Bonanza is an apt name for this slot if your luck is in. With 10,000x your stake wins on each spin, Bonanza is the most popular Megaways slot.
Notice how the name of this slot includes that famous Aussie phrase “Bonza”? A coincidence? I think not.
Fluffy Favourites Megaways
Eyecon has released a cute and cuddly slot in Fluffy Favourites Megaways. This slot offers all kinds of fluffy gameplay with all the Megaways features you could wish for! It’s safe to say Eyecon have a winner with this one; this is why it’s one of the Wombat’s favourites!
Diamond Mine Megaways
It’s a bit of a Bonanza rip-off – but the pays are crazy thanks to the paylines that start at 324 and go up to a maximum of 117,649. It’s perfect for those who love western-themed slots, which the Wombat loves.
Plus, that banjo soundtrack is one ditty you won’t forget in a hurry.
Extra Chilli Megaways
Another Big Time Gaming favourite, this red-hot slot, is best known for its feature that allows you to pay for extras. You don’t have to wait for Wild or Scatters; you can buy them and up the game-play ante. Want to turn up your spins?
Rainbow Riches Megaways
This Irish-themed number is one of the most popular slots of all time, so I guess it was no surprise when they decided to launch a Megaways version.
The best got better, as they say. Let’s hope you find the Mega Pot at the end of the rainbow or at least a few four-leaf clovers.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Megaways
Themed on the long-running game show, you can expect increasing win multipliers, a Hot Seat ladder and up to 50 Free Spins.
When I think of Millionaire, I always get a picture of Chris Tarrant on the brain but don´t let that put you off. This is a cracker!
Raging Rhino Megaways
As if the original wasn’t good enough, they made a Megaways version! Head back to the African savannah, where you’ll hunt for stampeding wins with wild multipliers that can bag you wins of 10,000x your bet.
This is the perfect example of what can be achieved when an already amazing slot gets the Megaways treatment.
8 Tigers Golf Megaways
Skywind is starting to flex its muscles in this category with the 8 Tigers gold Megaways slot. They have upped their game on the graphics with this one, and the gameplay is great. We are suckers for a Chinese red and gold-themed game in any case.
There are two randomly triggered base game features. Fa Fa Fa Superways boosts between 1 to 6 reels eight symbols high. As you can imagine, the number 8 features pretty heavily in this game as it is such a lucky Chinese number.
Anubis Wild Megaways
If you like an Ancient Egyptian slot (the Wombat does), then best to head for Inspired Gaming’s Anubis Wild, which has the traditional six reels, seven rows plus the horizontal reel at the top. If you land on a purple patch, you could land seven rows on each reel, giving you the big 117,649 ways to win.
We like the fact that this game also features cascading wins where symbols that make up combinations crumble away after you have clocked a win leaving fresh ones to drop in. So you can get multiple wins off a single spin.
Megaways Slots FAQs
Megaways slots can be confusing to some, so to clear up some of this confusion, below are some of our most frequently asked questions.
How many paylines do Megaways slots have?
Most Megaways slots have 117,649 paylines, making Megaways slots some of the highest payline slots out there!
What is the best Megaways slot?
Well, there isn’t one best slot for everyone. Each slot has its strengths and weaknesses, leaving it completely down to preference. One of the Wombat’s favourites is Fruit Shop Megaways, whose medium-high volatility gameplay!
Who created Megaways slots?
In short, the first Megaways slots were 100% created by Big Time Gaming. As time went on and Megaways slots became even more popular, other developers wanted to give their slots the Megaways treatment. This led to Big Time Gaming collaborating with all of these developers and creating all these Megaways slots we now know and love.
Where can I play Megaways slots?
You can play Megaways slots right here at Wombat Casino! Any online casino worth its salt will be offering Megaways slots to their players.
Can I play Megaways slots on mobile?
Yes! All slots here at Wombat Casino are fully optimised for mobile play, letting you play whenever, wherever you like. If you’d like to read about tech innovation and mobile casinos, head to our blog.
If you are the kind of player that loves to be entertained, and thrives on variety, then our Megaways Slots range should suit you down to the ground with their expanding reel sets and dynamic graphics. Good luck on the reels! Remember to only play with what you can afford, and please always gamble responsibly.