Go on a gold digging tour deep into a mine on Bonanza Megaways from Big Time Gaming and you could take home vast riches. The game propelled BTG to the status of a shooting star in the iGaming world when it was released in December 2016 as it created a superior slotting experience with the patented Megaways engine and up to 117,649 ways to win. The free spins triggering scatter combination spelling out the word GOLD has become a viral phenomenon as the bonus round can produce massive wins exceeding 10,000x the initial stake.
Bonanza Megaways is a video with six reels and up to 117,649 ways to win, using the patented game engine. The number of ways from 324 to the maximum is randomly determined for every spin by selecting between two and seven pay symbols for reels one and six as well as two to six pay symbols for reels two to five. Additionally, the game has an extra reel at the top of the game window with four positions, extending from reel two to five, where more symbols appear on every spin.
Get digging for gold from as little as 0.20 credits, up to a modest 20 credits, which is unusually low but sufficient considering the massive win potential. The high variance game has an RTP of 96%. Bonanza can be played on any desktop or mobile device.
Graphics and Visuals
The game window sits at the entrance of the gold mine with a water wheel on one side and a log cabin on the left. A track with mine carts sits on top of the grid, reeling in the extra symbols on each spin. The design and graphics are simply stunning and go into the smallest detail such as pay symbols being held on rocks that will explode on reactive wins. The hillbilly soundtrack could come straight from the popular 70’s TV show Bonanza and completes this marvel in slot design.
BTG chose the card royals from 9s through to As as the low-value symbols, paying between 0.8 and 1.75 the stake for a single six of a kind. The high-value symbols are a range of gems in green, blue and red colours. A diamond is the top symbol, awarding 50x the bet when six land across the reels. There is also the wild symbol that appears on the four carts on top of the reels only. The scatters are the characters G, O, L and D, with all four needed in view at the end of a spin sequence to trigger the free spins. A +5 symbol landing at the same time will award additional free spins.
Extra Reel and Reactive Wins
At the start of every spin, symbols drop from the top onto the six reels based on the random selection of reel positions. In addition, the extra carts at the top of the game window spin four symbols into view abeam reels two to five adding an extra symbol position to those reels. A display at the top shows the total amount of active ways to win for the spin.
Wins are paid for adjacent symbols from left to right. The symbols from a winning combination are part of a reaction which will see them explode to make room for new symbols to cascade into place. This will continue as long as a new winning combination occurs after a reaction. Wins are accumulated from all cascades and paid before the next spin starts.
The Free Spins Feature
You would think a slot with a simple free spins round wouldn’t warrant the attention or that it had the potential to be an absolute hit with players. But this is BTG and they do things a little differently. The free spins round on Bonanza packs a powerful punch with unlimited progressive win multipliers and retriggers. The feature is triggered when all four scatters forming the word GOLD appear in view at the end of a cascading sequence. Any +5 symbol landing at the same time will add five extra free spins. Gold bars in the wheel carts on top during the round will add five free spins for three bars and 10 free spins for four bars.
The key to finding vast riches in the mines of Bonanza is the unlimited progressive win multiplier in the free spins. Every winning reaction will increase it by x1, with no limit on the maximum. We have seen multipliers exceeding x30, transforming even smaller hits into big amounts. No doubt, the best moment to score those monster wins on this slot.
After first releasing Dragon Born and Starquest with the Megaways engine, BTG took the slotting experience to a new level with Bonanza. The innovative creation has become the most played slot in countless online casinos. The hunt for the G-O-L-D, which can be very elusive at times, is a hotly debated subject in the playing community, be in forums or in the chat rooms on streaming channels. Get your digging gear ready and start your quest for GOLD.