If you are one of our loyal Slot Boss customers you’ll have noticed that a newer style of slot is starting to find its way regularly into the Slot Boss library and that style is Megaways slots. The number of Megaways slots on Slot Boss has tripled since December 2019 and we have a very tough time defining our best megaways slots, however, above you can find just some of the most popular Megaways Slots on Slot Boss.
A guide to Megaways slots
Megaways is Big Time Gaming’s invention in which you will never know how many win lines each spin will create. Every time a Megaways slot is spun each reel can have between two and eight symbols which can create tens of thousands of winning combinations.
In order to explain Megaways slots, we believe it is best to look at a game whilst we describe it, so we’d recommend having the Tiki Treasures Megaways slot open so you can read and experience the slot at the same time. Once you’ve passed the game’s two opening pages, you’ll arrive at the slot reels. In this case, Tiki Treasures allows players to play with anywhere between 2 and 7 symbols on each reel meaning that the maximum the reels can spin is 7x5, which allows us to work out exactly how many ways we can win but we’ll get to that a bit later. As there are more ways than ever before to win, the winning potential of each symbol is slightly smaller and due to the aspect of the cascading reels of Tiki Treasures, players have the opportunity to stack their wins.
If you’re wanting to know the mathematics behind Megaways, keep reading, if not we’d recommend scrolling down to the next section entitled: “Five things you must know about Megaways”. So let's get into the mathematics of the piece and if it slightly confuses you at first, trust us, you’re not the only one and it is definitely worth knowing about.
Megaways Slots Mechanics
So in Tiki Treasures, we have the potential for 7 symbols per reel and a grand total of 117,649 ways to win. So how does this work? Well we start off with the reels, we have seven symbols per reel, so we simply need to do 7x7 to find out the total for one reel. Then we need to continually times the number we get by the number of columns the reels have. For example:
7 X 7 = 49
49 X 7 = 343
343 X 7 = 2,401
2,401 X 7 = 16,807
16,807 X 7 = 117,649
As the reels maximum size is 7x5, this gives us our total number of paylines which in this case is 117,649.
How to Play Megaways Slots
How to place a bet on a Megaways slot
No matter what slot you play, there is a three-part process in placing a bet on any slot on Slot Boss. Firstly players must be a registered player at Slot Boss and if you’re not a registered user, click the button below:
After registering, players must input a card and make their first deposit (be sure to check out our casino bonuses page for more bonuses). Secondly, players must set their stake by using either direction buttons or alternatively the - and + buttons (depending on which slot you play). Most Megaways slots will have a minimum stake of 10p or 20p which means that you can play our slots at an affordable rate. The main difference in regards to stake is that the maximum bet is often limited due to the massive potential multipliers available.
What are Megaways Slots?
Perhaps the most asked question in Megaways slots - What exactly are they? A Megaways slot is a game where the reels change on every spin, meaning there isn’t a set amount of ways to win on all spins. These games are incredibly diverse, but typically, the size of reels can vary between three and seven symbols. For example, a 5-reel slot could result in the following:
Reel 1 - Four Symbols
Reel 2 - Six Symbols
Reel 3 - Four Symbols
Reel 4 - Six Symbols
Reel 5 - Seven Symbols
This would have a total of 4,032 different ways to win across the game as we multiply the number of symbols on each row. In most of our Megaways games, the maximum that players can land is 117,649 and the minimum number is 243. However, landing 243 paylines is incredibly rare.
Megaways slots were initially developed by the Australian software house Big Time Gaming, as an exciting pay mechanic which has changed the way slot games are created and paved the way for innovative new titles. Megaways slots involve a random reel modifier which changes how many symbols can appear on a reel after every given spin. This amazing new slot game engine provides players with far more ways to win huge jackpots in comparison to the traditional online slots that most players enjoy.
In our Megaways slots guide, we will explain how these types of slot work, how you can use them to your advantage and why you should consider playing Megaways games.
How Megaways Slots Work
Megaways online slot titles work on the premise that each reel in a slot contains a random number of different symbols on each spin. The size of the symbols determines the number of pay lines the player is awarded. This goes against the convention of traditional slots, which typically have a set amount of pay lines throughout the game.
With Megaways titles, each of our casino games have a maximum number of ways to achieve a win. Most Big Time Gaming slots with the Megaways engine offer a staggering 117,649 different opportunities to win. Since BGT has started licensing the engine to other developers, it’s not uncommon to see some titles which feature thousands of different pay lines. This makes things potentially much more valuable for the player and adds a more interesting element to the game.
All Action Megaways: The Latest Addition
The latest concept in the Megaways niche is the All Action Megaways slot. This concept has been developed by Blueprint Gaming and sees the software house removing the base game from the slot, with players paying a set stake to enter a bonus round. This essentially means that players gain immediate access to the bonus features of a Megaways slot without having to trigger them in the traditional manner (usually by landing Scatter symbols on the reels).
This new type of Megaways slot will allow players to pay a minimum, for example £10, to enter the bonus action. The UK Gambling Commission has yet to comment about the development of All Action Megaways slots, and as such it remains to be seen whether players will take to the concept.
Megaways Slots Features
With so many game developers incorporating Megaways technology into their titles, you can expect to witness a wide variety of new bonus features popping up in slot games. Many of these features are unique to their individual developers, while others are implemented across a variety of different games by a variety of different software houses. Some of these features include mystery symbols, cascading reels, bonus reels and feature gambles, alongside familiar old favourites like wilds, free spins and scatters.
Megaways Slot Jackpot Amounts
For most Megaways titles, jackpots are capped at a rather impressive £250,000 – a life-changing sum, for certain. However, some Megaways slots from Blueprint Gaming, including Jackpot King games, have a randomly triggered feature which can provide players with the opportunity to scoop an even larger progressive jackpot.
How has Megaways Changed?
The Megaways slot that saw the mechanic rise to fame is Bonanza Megaways, which was only the second game to contain the mechanic. This game includes three features that would be synonymous with these slots for years to come, they are:
- 117,649 different ways to win
- Cascading Reels
- Free Spins bonus round with additional multiplier
Over the years, there have been many tweaks made to Megaways slots which cater to individual styles of players. This includes Jackpots, trail bonuses and more! A good example of this comes from one of our recent releases - Wish Upon A Jackpot Megaways - which has perfectly encaptured what made the original Wish Upon A Jackpot slot brilliant. Bonus rounds such as Fairy Godmother Spins, Magic Beanstalk rounds and Three Little Pigs bring unique features to the Megaways mechanic.
The cascading reels feature remains in the majority of Megaways slots but you may find a different number of ways to win if slots only have a maximum of six symbols per reel.
How Can I Play Megaways Slots?
If you’re looking to play some of the very best Megaways slot games on Slot Boss, then follow these seven simple instructions.
- To begin, register (or sign in to) your Slot Boss account and follow the instructions provided.
- If you haven’t already done so, check out the online casino bonuses that you can use on Megaways slots and opt-in.
- Head to the My Promotions section of your account to activate the promotion.
- Use the search option on the home or games pages and search ‘Megaways’.
- Select a Megaways slot from the options provided and open the game page.
- Read the game page and decide if you want to play that specific game. If you aren’t entirely sure about a game, be sure to check out the demo feature available on all games on Slot Boss.
- Once you have found the game you wish to play, click the play button to begin.
Megaways Slots FAQs
Q. How do I win on Megaways slots?
Land three symbols in a payline to activate a winning combination. In many of our Megaways slots, this will remove the winning symbols from the reels and replace them with new symbols, causing more potential wins.
Q. How do Megaways have so many ways to win?
Megaways slots tend to be significantly larger than the average slot, allowing for more paylines on every spin.
Q. Who were the original creators of Megaways Slots?
The original creators of the Megaways engine are Big Time Gaming. However, they have licensed their creation and allowed a number of different providers to use it, meaning Megaways slots can be created by a number of providers.
Q. Can I use my bonuses on Megaways slots?
Yes, at Slot Boss we have a number of casino bonuses that can be used on all of our Megaways slots. Be sure to check out our online casino bonuses page for all of our promotions.
Q. Are Megaways slots legitimate?
All slots on Slot Boss are legitimate and our Megaways slots are no different. Our site is heavily regulated and as a licensed online casino, so you can be assured that all of our casino games are 100% legitimate and fair.
Q. Who were the first provider to use Big Time Gaming’s Megaways engine?
Blueprint Gaming were the first provider to utilise Big Time Gaming’s Megaways engine when they released the fantastic Irish Riches Megaways on May 5th 2018. This game also included the brilliant Progressive Jackpot feature that no other Megaways slot had at the time.
Q. Are Megaways Slots Expensive To Play?
While many players think that potentially playing with hundreds of thousands of pay lines is going to work out costly, the truth is that Megaways slots can be cheap to play. Games can be enjoyed from as little as 10p per spin, which means that you don’t have to be a high roller to enjoy the experience on offer with Megaways.
Q. Are The Outcomes On Megaways Slots Titles Pre-determined?
Whether any online slots (not just Megaways ones) are pre-determined is something of a contentious question. While there is no definitive answer to cover all developers, it has been confirmed that Big Time Gaming Megaways titles are played out completely at random. This means that Megaways titles are fair and open for players to enjoy without worrying about predetermined outcomes.
Q. What does the term Megaways mean?
Megaways is the term used to describe the number of pay lines that are active for each spin. As we understand, this can be different with every spin of the reels, and the amount of Megaways to win for each individual spin is displayed for the player to see.
Megaways is also used as the name for the modified reel mechanism which was developed by Big Time Gaming.
Q. What Countries Can I Play Megaways Slots In?
While some countries may have restrictions in place which prevent the playing of Megaways games, the UK Gambling Commission permits the playing of these titles, as do most major gambling commissions around the globe. If you are a UK player, then Megaways slots are fully legal to play. As always, it is highly recommended to play at a fully licensed and regulated UK casino such as Slot Boss.
Q. What is the Average RTP on Megaways Slots?
After tracking each of the Megaways slots on the market and considering the RTP percentage each game provides, we have come to the conclusion that the average RTP on a Megaways game is over 96%. This means that Megaways slots represent good value in terms of the RTP, with the average being on the higher end of the scale of new slot games.
Best Megaways Games
Tiki Treasures Megaways
The latest Megaways game to join Slot Boss comes in at number three on our list and may end higher up in the future, as all three of the games on this list are of fantastic quality and realistically their positions depend solely on personal preference, but as things stand Blueprint Gaming’s fantastic Tiki Treasures Megaways earns our Bronze medal.
Players travel to and explore the depths of the Polynesian Jungle with the aim of finding the greatest treasures the Islands have to offer. The game's mixture of Cascading Reels, Mystery Symbols, Free Spins and a Progressive Jackpot means that Tiki Treasures has enough content to keep players entertained.
The fantastic design work on its own would usually be enough for a slot game to be a hit but when you combine that with the creative and engaging gameplay, it is clear that Tiki Treasures Megaways will be one of Blueprint’s top casino games for years to come.
Fishin Frenzy Megaways
The next game on our list enters from the deep blue sea and boy is it a catch! Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways remarkably offers players an astounding 50 Free Spins if they manage to reel in 6 scatter symbols and during the bonus feature of the game, players can win up to 50x their stake depending on the size of the fish they bring in.
The game has 15,625 different ways to win and has all the original content from the first which was unsurprisingly a big hit when it was released back in October 2017.
If the gods of the seas look approvingly on the player, they could possibly walk away with a whopping 10,000x their stake. Players can buy into the bonus round of the game for 100x their stake and all Free Spins will be staked at the same amount that triggered the round. If more than one fisherman appears they will all collect the same fish, so there is potential for players to double, treble or even quadruple all of their winnings from one spin.
Best Megaways Slots: Honourable Mentions
Red Tiger have jumped into the Megaways family with their Mystery Reels slot. This classic fruit slot is a revamped edition of their original Mystery Reels slot. Here you will find a more traditional fruit themed game that has free spins and a mystery symbol bonus. If you can land a Mystery Symbol on the reels it will clone itself a random number of times. When all of these symbols are in place they will reveal a mystery symbol for a guaranteed win. If you can land three free spin symbols on your reels you could end up winning between four and 40 free spins.
Slots ‘O Gold Megaways is another brilliant Megaways slot that is played on six reels with 15,625 potential win lines. This Irish themed slot from Blueprint Gaming comes with not only thousands of ways to win but also re-spins and the Great Wheel bonus. This game is also a Progressive Jackpot King game meaning every spin has the potential to win the huge progressive jackpot. When playing keep an eye out for the lucky leprechaun as he will expand to make entire reels wild whilst triggering a re-spin. The Wheel King can be activated offering spins of a wheel with a “big win” multiplier section. Slots ‘O Gold is another welcome addition to the Megaways family.
Megaways Slots Features
One of the main features in Megaways slots is the cascading reels feature. This feature can occur in both the base game and during bonus rounds. When players land a winning payline on the reels, the symbols in that payline will be removed from the reels and replaced with new symbols. Many Megaways slots utilise this feature as a progression through to the bonus round; land a certain number of cascades and win many prizes. During the bonus round, this feature is often used to provide players with progressive multipliers and will subsequently upgrade with winning cascades.
Free Spins Bonus Round
The main bonus round in Megaways slot games is often the brilliant Free Spins bonus round which comes with special themed wild symbols and multipliers attached. Of course, there can be other features, but when it comes to the centrepiece of the best Megaways slots, you can often find this bonus feature.
There is a lot that we could say about the Free Spins bonus round, but if you wish to learn more about the specific bonuses in each game, check out the game page attached before you play.
Ever wondered how games with so many different ways to win somehow contain such a massive winning potential? The answer comes in the form of multipliers. Some of our Megaways slots offer up to 100x the player’s stake on a single symbol and there is the potential to land a whopping 35 symbols on a single set of reels.
Another way of landing massive wins is through brilliant Jackpot features. In Megaways slots, these often come in the form of Progressive Jackpots, which are responsible for some of the biggest wins in casino history. The maximum win accumulated through a Progressive Jackpot is £15 million.
Another critical improvement often made by providers who are looking to put their own spin on the Megaways engine are mystery symbols. If this is a feature in a game, it means when mystery symbols land on the reels, they will all transform into the same symbol, providing players with more chances of massive winning paylines.
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