Big Time is the name of the game when it comes to Monopoly Megaways slot. The most famous board game in the world – or is that Scrabble – is a massive hit in slots. The company’s owners licence the title to numerous slot and live casino versions that are tied to a game that’s made for the slot world.
(It’s not well known that Monopoly was designed as a warning against the risks of capitalism rather than as a celebration of its joys – Monopolies are supposed to be bad, remember!)
Big Time Gaming have the reigns here, and they’ve used the games distinctive graphic style very nicely, with a load of direct lifts from the cards and boards we all know and love. The game is attached to the Megaways engine from Blueprint Gaming, so comes with many thousands of possible winning combinations, made even more by a massive reel set.
High variance suits the title, surely, and the game has done well since its release at the tail end of 2019.
Should you sign up to take a roll of the dice though?
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Big Time Gaming have an ambitious name. And an ambitious team, headed by Nik Robinson, who founded the company that became Open Bet.
Big Time have been producing slots since 2011, but they’re staffed by industry veterans, and the involvement of a former Rock Star Games name is a great pointer as to what to expect from this company: big visuals and style, plus a load of innovative features designed to keep players coming back for more.
The company has a relatively small catalogue of titles, with just 36, but they tend to be big hits. At the moment you’ll find a load of games linked to the Megaways game engine at the top of the charts. In fact, the four top titles from BGT at the moment are Bonanza, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Monopoly (this title), and Royal Mint, all linked to the Megaways system.
The company’s most recent releases are Royal Mint, Monopoly, Millionaire, and Lil’ Devil. Upcoming in 2020 is Survivor Megaways.
The company is currently rated as the 11th most popular slot developer in the UK. Very impressive for such a young company, and one with such a small number of titles.
Biggest numbers first: 117,649 ways to win comes with the mega ways engine, and while it’s a massive boost on the usual numbers one finds with pay lines it doesn’t actually increase the likelihood of wins or the pay-out to players.
The top pay-out is very nice though, with the chance to walk away from the game of 14,700-times stake. Your stake could be big too, with betting running up to 40 coins (£40) from a start of 10p.
This delivers a theoretical return to player of 96.5%, or a house edge of 3.5%, which is around .5% above what we consider the industry average. High variance means bigger prizes paid out less often, but that – like RTP – is not to be considered a guarantee of how your experience with a game will go.
The game controls for this super-simple game are floating to the right of the reels in a small square.
From the top, they are: your stake, which is set by two arrows. Under this is a three-bar menu and a button to trigger the auto-spins features, which are very sophisticated and a useful tool if you fancy a long session on the game.
Underneath it all, you’ll find the spin button, big, green and friendly, and the rest of the controls are to be found in the game frame. Always check out the rules and the pay tables before you play.
We’re dealing with sets of six here for a full house. The symbols are beautifully drawn, most of them taken directly from the Monopoly sets we played as kids.
We start though with cards, which pay from 0.4-times stake to 0.6-times stake for full sets.
The dog piece pays 0.9-times stake for a full house.
The car symbol pays 1.5-times stake for a set.
Get a full house of boats and you’ll pick up 5-times your stake, and, fill the reels with top hats and you’ll get the top pay out of 50-times your stake. The Top Hat also starts paying out from pairs rather than sets of three.
Megaways usually means a bonus-heavy game, and that’s true here from the base game up.
A Cascading Reels features amounts to a respin on every single win.
There’s also a set of bonuses delivered via a stretch of board games that run beneath the reels. Each time you win, the Monopoly man moves along the reels selecting bonuses and features at random.
Go – triggers maximum pay lines.
Community Chest – a random move to a new property with four houses.
Chance – A random move, random house additions, plus a random bonus trigger.
Utilities and Railways stations – add bonuses and multipliers in the free spins round.
You can also build up properties on streets if you land on matching colours in successive turns. Once there are five houses on a property you trigger the free spins round.
Free spins start with a set of 8. Extra houses trigger more spins and the number increases in series as you retrigger the feature – so does a progressive multiplier linked to utilities and railway stations.
This is a complex and involving game and one that’s really worth investing your time in.
The Monopoly Megaways slot series are now reliable hits, and you can see why in this game, with its feature-rich offering and the potential to pick up a £600,000 win if you hit the top prizes on the top stake.
It’s beautifully designed, as we’ve come to expect from Big Time Gaming, and a game you should check out. The only possible downside is for players who love a simple game, as there is a lot going on here, though it’s very easy to understand and super easy to play.