Caesars’ Megaways Slots Mega-Fun
Caesars’ online casino features a complete lineup of slot games using the unique Megaways setup.
The design of slot games has evolved as a result of what in the business are called “game mechanics.” This refers to certain unique twists to the traditional slot game.
Perhaps the most popular these days is the so-called “hold-and-re-spin” feature, which offers free-spin rounds that freeze certain paying results as the other reels re-spin, accumulating bonus money as long as more of the designated paying results land. Other popular game mechanics are “cash-on-reels” symbols, which each display a different cash award; and of course, the venerable bonus wheel.
One of the most intriguing game mechanics of recent years was invented by Australian game developer Big Time Gaming. Called “Megaways,” it is a dramatic expansion of what is known as the “ways-to-win” game format. That is the reel setup in which there are no paylines, and wins are established by matching symbols on adjacent reels.
In ways-to-win games, the possible ways to win on each spin increase as the number of spots on the reels increase. The most basic setup is on a five-by-three-reel array. That is five reels, three spaces per reel, and the 15-reel spots offer 243 possible ways to win on each spin. Add another row of symbols—five reels with four spaces per reel—and that number goes up to 1,024 possible ways to win on each spin.
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More Chances to win with Reels, Rows
Obviously, there are only so many reels and rows of symbols to be had on a standard slot game before you run out of room. What Big Time Gaming did with Megaways was to solve that problem. First, each symbol spot on the screen is an entire reel. So in the math program, each reel spot can have four or five symbols. On top of that, the program adds virtual duplicate symbols to each spot. So one space could actually represent two, three or more of the same symbol.
With this system, the ways to win can randomly increase into the tens of thousands on any given spin. Megaways uses a “random reel modifier” mechanic to reconfigure the virtual playing field on every spin. A box on the screen reveals how many ways to win there are on each spin. A sixth row of symbols is added at the top or bottom of the screen. That adds more possibilities and increase the chances of adjacent-symbol wins.
To the player, all this happens instantaneously. Clusters of symbols on the reels pay off. The symbols disappear with new symbols appearing in their place or cascading onto the screen. That means you can win multiple times on a single spin.
More Choices with Megaways
After Big Time Gaming released the Megaways feature on its own games, other slot developers took advantage of the ingenious system by licensing the mechanic for their games—notably, IGT and Light & Wonder (formerly Scientific Games) released Megaways versions of legendary hit games Wheel of Fortune and 88 Fortunes, respectively.
Caesars’ online casino (CaesarsCasino.com) has bought into the Megaways concept in a big way. Wheel of Fortune Megaways and 88 Fortunes Megaways can be found in a Megaways lobby on the site that includes no fewer than 27 Megaways titles, from Big Time Gaming and the manufacturers who have licensed the Megaways game mechanic.
The Big Time Gaming titles available at Caesars include the top-performing Megaways titles in the business, including the No. 1 Megaways game, Big Time’s Bonanza Megaways. This game has a base screen of six reels and seven rows of symbols, with a 96 percent return-to-player. That means the portion of all bets to be returned to players as wins. It also means the house advantage is only four percent. The free-spin bonus features an “unlimited win multiplier.” They have a staggering maximum possibility of 117,649 ways to win, which can result in huge jackpots.
Other great choices are the games that wrap the mechanic into some of the most legendary game families from the big manufacturers—Wheel of Fortune, 88 Fortunes, and another Light & Wonder mainstay, Monopoly Megaways. You’ll also find Megaways games with epic themes that include Spartacus, Ben-Hur, Atlantis, Medusa and more.
In all, it’s a great slot feature, and one that is offered in an abundance at CaesarsCasino.com.
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