Bonanza Megapays is a mining-themed game. The graphics are top-notch, as we’ve come to expect from Big Time Gaming. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but they didn't have to. The main draw here is all the features. These include Megaways system with 117,649 ways to win, cascading reels with stacking multipliers, a bonus spins round, Megapays symbols, 4-tier progressive jackpot, and a Megapays mini-game. That's a lot to think about! This means Bonanza Megapays might not be the game for old-school three-reel slot fans. Then again, those games don't have a potential max payout of 17,926x either. The Megapays symbols and mini-game are unique features here. The rest are fairly standard for modern slots. But, Big Time Gaming was among the first to do them with Bonanza Megaways.
Of course, you want to know about that jackpot, as that's the main addition in Bonanza Megapays. Well, as for when it drops — it's completely random. The game's reels will be transported to a Las Vegas-like casino. One random symbol will be the Megapays. If any of those symbols land, you get a respin. This goes on until you hit a spin with no new Megapays symbols. The real attraction is the jackpot tracker bar. Over four Megapays symbols trigger the Mini jackpot, starting at £100. The others include 8-11 Megapays = £1,500-plus, 12-14 = £20,000-plus, 15+ = £300,000 starting jackpot. However, lower jackpots don't progress much, because they are won more often. The top prize has the potential to hit the millions, though. Sweet!
Cascading reels is a feature you'll see in slots at Casumo all the time. Yet, when the original Bonanza Megaways did it, it was completely fresh. The fact that games still use it today, and it's still an enjoyable mechanic, says a lot. Cascading reels cause winning symbols disappear after they pay out and are replaced by new ones that fall in, which can lead to another win , and the process goes on. This can make for some very satisfying chain wins. Whoop whoop! However, there's more. In Bonanza Megapays' bonus spins round, you'll see a stacking multiplier come into play. Each time you hit a cascading reel win, it goes up by 1x. And it doesn't reset!
The bonus spins round starts when you hit 4 scatters. In this game, the scatters are letters that spell out G O L D. In our opinion, that was a cool touch. It certainly fits the mining theme! You start with 12 bonus spins. For each extra copy of the letters in GOLD (up to 6) you get another 5 spins, up to 22. The cascading reels, or “reactions'' feature during the bonus spins is the main road to the top wins in Bonanza Megapays. That's because of the stacking multiplier, which doesn't reset. You can get more bonus spins during the round too. As you spin, gold bars stack up on the mining cart above the reels. Hit 3 or more, and you get an extra 5 spins.
This game takes everything players enjoyed about the now classic Bonanza Megaways and adds more features. If you like games with prize potential, and don't mind a bit more variance, you'll enjoy this one. If you liked the old Bonanza Megaways, you'll find a lot to like here, too. The variance is higher, but not massively so. It still feels like the classic Megaways game — but with more ways to win. The slightly updated graphics keep the same simple charm of the original, too. Bonanza Megapays is also not half bad for new players either. It has all the features of a modern slot under the reliably seamless BTG game design. Your simple three-reel fruity player of yesteryear might not get the most from this game, but modern slots players sure will.