While companies like NetEnt or Microgaming receive lots of attention on the internet, less known developers work hard to steal some spotlight and sometimes they succeed. Big Time Gaming is one of such relatively small studios that have released some unexpected masterpieces. Bonanza Megaways slot is a perfect example here.
Bonanza Megaways has a dynamic reel layout exclusive to Big Time Gaming software. It changes on every single spin and can become very intense at any second. The main selling point of this slot is actually related to that. Since it’s an ‘all ways pay’ slot, it features up to 117,649 paylines. And it has cascading reels, too. We hope that doesn’t seem like too much already.
What does ‘dynamic reel layout’ mean? That’s how we chose to call the feature when symbols appear in different sizes on each spin. The game has six reels and that’s static. However, the number of lines on each reel will differ on each spin. They can have anything between two to seven lines. Plus, four middle reels have an extra line on top and up to six symbols in the main grid. Basically, the maximum reel layout is 7×7, in which case there are 117,649 ways to win.
The game has ten symbols plus wilds and scatter symbols represented by gold bars. After all, the game is all about the gold rush and mining everything that shines. The winning symbols explode and cause an avalanche. The symbols from the top fall down and the symbols in carts on the special line above move to the left. There’s no limit on the number of such avalanches, so some spins can really last for a while.
Bonanza Megaways is a fast-paced game full of action, especially when avalanche feature kicks in. The upbeat music adds a lot to it too. Big Time Gaming uses similar soundtracks in many games, often even conflicting with the theme of a slot. That’s not an issue with Bonanza Megaways though because a western beat like that actually fits with being crazy for gold.
Base game alone is pretty unique and exciting as it is, especially due to the fact that few other slots can offer a similar experience. However, Bonanza Megaways also has a bonus round. It’s the only special feature, but it could actually count as three. That’s because there are a few other features exclusive to the extra spins.
Anyway, the player needs to collect four gold symbols to activate the bonus. Why four and not three, you ask? Each of them contains different letters, so you need to put together the word ‘GOLD’. If you manage to get even more scatters, each one will add five extra spins to the main bonus. If you only collect four, you’ll get 12 spins.
The extra spins work just like in the main game with some dynamite on top. Basically, a multiplier applies to all extra spins. They all start at 1x, but each avalanche will increase it for that spin up to unlimited heights. What’s more, the line with the carts also has another type of scatters. You will recognize them as carts full of gold bars. If you collect three of them, you'll receive five more spins. Make it four and you’ll get 10 more spins on top.
You can obviously win a lot at Bonanza Megaways, yet triggering the bonus round isn’t an easy task in the first place. Therefore, this game is risky for those who don’t have a decent bankroll. If you’ve only got funds for 50 spins, you could easily spend them all without ever collecting the ‘GOLD’.
If you come prepared, on the other hand, it’s a great slot to try your luck on. The only reason why people may not like it is that it’s very intense. There’s a lot going on and it’s difficult to keep track of it all due to constantly changing reels and exploding symbols. But before you choose to love it or hate it, you should definitely check it out.