Monopoly Megaways: Overview
Two of the biggest titles in the entertainment world are set to collide thanks to software house Big Time Gaming. Monopoly, the board game which has sold millions of copies since the 1930s, is the newest slot to get the Megaways treatment. What this means for players is a familiar looking game, which not only offers up to 117,649 ways to win, but the Reactions and Reel Adventure systems are also thrown in for good measure.
Ideal for casual gaming with spins starting at 10 c/p, higher rollers can take that up to £/€20 for bigger stakes. Playable on virtually any device and screen size makes this a democratic experience that is likely to appeal to most fans of Big Time Gaming. Add in an enticing blend of free spins, multipliers, and the generous antics of Mr Monopoly, and the result is a solid mix of fun gaming with big potential payouts.
The numbers look good too. The game’s 6 reels alternate the number of symbols on each, up to 7, which is how it hits that huge number of pay ways that the Megaways engine is famous for. Highly volatile, the RTP comes in at 96.39% which is well within the acceptable range. When it comes to payout potential, the good news keeps on coming. During base game, top prizes come in the range of several thousand times the stake while during free spins, this could be as high as 15,000 times the stake.
Symbols combine classic 9 to Ace card royals at the lower end of the paytable, with icons of Monopoly at the higher end such as the dog, battleship, top hat, and race car. At the top, we get a capital ‘M’ in a jazzy jewel-encrusted gold symbol worth 50 times the stake. As with many Megaways driven slots, don’t expect too much in the way of lucrative symbols. Concurrent winning combinations pep them up, as do the numerous extra features that Monopoly Megaways possesses.
Monopoly Megaways: Features
Being a Megaways slot, the game comes with Cascading Reels. When winning combinations are formed, the winning symbols vanish off the screen to allow for new symbols to land in their vacated spots. This can lead to more winning combos, and the procedure repeats until no more combos appear. In this way, multiple wins can stack up from just one spin.
At the core of Monopoly Megaways is the Reel Adventures mechanic, used only once before in Holy Diver Megaways. Instead of a brave knight, it's Mr Monopoly that plays the key role in this game. The spritely wee chap makes his way around the Monopoly board, and the squares he lands on have a direct effect on the gameplay like so:
- Landing on ‘Go’ gifts the next spin with the maximum number of Megaways.
- Landing on utilities and railway stations makes them yours and will come into play during the bonus game.
- Landing on chance sends you to a random street with 1 to 4 houses added. It can also launch free spins or max out the Megaways on the next spin.
- Community chest results in being sent to a random street while adding 1 to 4 houses.
- Landing on streets on consecutive reactions populates them with an additional house.
Get 5 houses on a street, or land on chance, and you can trigger the Free Spins feature. The base level is 8 free spins, but this is increased by the number of railway stations or streets with 5 or more houses you own. Additional bonus game triggers result in 3 free spins added to the original 8, and multipliers for utilities owned. Landing on a property will increase the multiplier by 1x for each house vacating the property.
Once again, Mr Monopoly continues his travels around the board during free spins with each square contributing multipliers, free spins, max Megaways, and properties. When the free spins round ends, the visited streets lose their houses along with railway stations and utilities, though they can be won back up during the base game.
Monopoly Megaways: Verdict
There are several slots on the market that builds on the famous Monopoly board game, but Big Time Gaming's offering is likely to establish itself as the stand out slot of the genre. Several factors contribute to its success.
The first is the successful amalgamation of Megaways, the Reaction system, and the Reel Adventure. It doesn’t feel gimmicky; instead, each part works to enhance the positive aspects of the others. Although it can seem complex in writing, the end product is a slot that manages to have a lot going on without being overwhelmingly complicated. An achievement in itself, and the inclusion of the Monopoly board with its myriad extras has been extremely well thought out and executed.
The icing on the cake is definitely the bonus game. Once triggered, the sky is the limit when it comes to multipliers and free spins. Well, there is a limit, but with potential for wins of up to 15,000 times the stake, not many players will be complaining. It's not unlikely that Monopoly Megaways will appeal to all sorts of players - from those that are just looking for something to wind down to after work, to the thrill-seekers looking for a high value, high volatility slot. Not to mention those players looking for a more engaging slot experience.
With all that having been said, if you felt that Holy Diver and the Reel Adventure concept wasn't your cup of tea, it's unlikely that Monopoly Megaways will win you over, and while we don't expect it to become Big Time Gaming best performing game, it does undoubtedly stand head and shoulders over most other Monopoly titles available on the market.
With Monopoly Megaways, Big Time Gaming shines as a brilliant example of what developers can do with a simple concept if they set their minds to it.