Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock (which to be fair, I do from time to time when Mrs W gets sick of my snoring) you’ll have heard of, and most likely played on 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 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 (usually up to around 117,649) 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 just why this format has got so popular.
Expanding Reel Sets
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 horizonal reel at the top of your game play), and the number of symbols that hit can differ dramatically from spin to spin.
The amount of icons on each reel are multiplied together to give you the final number of ways to win. Bonza! You’ll usually find a handy counter to the left or the right of the reels to tell you how many win ways you’re playing with.
The First Megaways Game
Dragon Born slot was the first Megaways Game and was release in 2016 by Big Time Gaming – but it was mega volatile Bonanza slot that got everyone talking.
Those enterprising Aussies soon realised they were on to a good thing and sold the Megaways mechanism to heaps of other games makers, including Blueprint Gaming, Inspired Gaming and Scientific Gaming amongst others!
And the rest is slot history…
Our Favourite Megaways Slots
An extremely volatile game with that progressive win multiplier in the bonus keeps us slot fans coming back for more. Bonanza truly is an apt name for this slot if your luck is in when you fire it up.
With 10,000x your stake wins on each spin, Bonanza is the most popular Megaways slot out there. The original and probably still the best!
Notice the way that the name of this slot includes that famous Aussie phrase “Bonza”? A coincidence? I think not.
Fluffy Favourites Megaways
Even those cude and cuddly Eyecon Slots have had a Megaways makeover. Well Fluffy Favourites has (their flagship game).
Diamond Mine Megaways
Truth be told, it’s a bit of a Bonanza rip-off – but the pays are crazy thanks to the win ways that start at 324 and go up to a maximum of 117,649.
Plus, that banjo soundtrack is one ditty you won’t forget in a hurry.
Another BGT favourite, this red-hot slot is best known for its feature that allows you to pay for extras. This means that you don’t have to wait for Wild or Scatters to hit, you can buy them and up the game-play ante. Want to turn up the heat of your spins?
Then this one’s for you.
This Irish themed number is one of the most popular slots of all time, so I guess that 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!
Who would have thought it would work?
Certainly not us! But it really does…
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…
8 Tigers Gold
Skywind are starting to flex their muscles in this category with the 8 Tigers gold Megaways slot. They have really upped their game on the graphics with this one and the game play is great. We are suckers for a Chinese red and gold themed game in any case.
There are 2 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 (we do), then best to head for Inspired Gaming’s Anubis Wild which has the traditional 6 reels, 7 rows plus the horizontal reel at the top. If your on a purple patch, you could land 7 rows on each reel which will give 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.
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!