Bonanza Megapays slot review
Bonanza Megapays slot by Big Time Gaming is well, er, Bonanza mk2 with jackpots! The original Bonanza slot has proven to be a classic, copied by numerous license holders including Blueprint Gaming with their Diamond Mine slot which added mystery symbols and indeed BTG themselves with Extra Chilli slot which gave feature buys and gambles. So we have the same picturesque mine entrance as our background, the twanging banjo player and thudding scatters as before. So can Bonanza 2 out-Bonanza Bonanza 1 and give our bankroll, yeah you guessed, a big bonanza?
On the reels...
So we have 6 reels of 2-7 rows each on a random basis including a top scroll of 4 single symbols above the centre 4 reels, where the Wilds can only appear. This results in 324-117649-ways per spin with winning tiles replaced from above on Bonanza Megapays slot. The pays for 6-of-a-kinds are 50x Diamond, 7.5x Ruby, 2x Sapphire or Emerald with six card values paying 1.75 down to 0.8x for each full way. Gold Ingot scatters can appear on any reel and that's pretty much it.
As before, you get 12 free games with an increasing multiplier for each winning action if you land 4 Gold scatters, with +5 spins for every one above the five necessary. Retriggers occur when you get 3 or 4 Gold Carts on the top scrolling symbols and this awards 5 or 10 extra spins. Volatile and frustrating as before, but can pay well!
There are 4 jackpots above the game. They are seeded at 100 Mini, 1500 Midi, 20,000 Major and 300,000 Mega. To hit these, you need the feature bell to ring after any random spin. A card value from 9 to Ace is selected on a mini reel. Once this card value lands, it turns gold and you get re-spins in a nice Vegas palms background played on Megaways full reels. Your symbol is sticky and re-spins stop when no further incidences of it are landed. For the Mini you need to collect 4-7, Midi 8-11, Major 12-14 and the Mega 15+. Like the free spins, this feature is hard to land!
Bonanza Megapays slot has a RTP of 96.40%, slightly higher than the original Bonanza. That's significant because the progressive contribution is 9.44% of this, meaning the actual basic Bonanza slot pays just under 87% as opposed to the original at 96%. Given the volatility and frequent bankroll-draining characteristics of the original, this may prove to be a killer compared to that! Other than the progressives, we still have a pretty simplistic set of sounds, graphics and animations. If you're going for a lucky strike in this mine, do so at your peril...