Understanding How Megaways in Slots Work

Online slot machines come in many forms and each one has its own unique approach to gameplay. Some may be based on famous film characters or TV series while others follow familiar themes including Ancient Egypt and the Wild West. The choice is infinite and the number of genres within slot play is almost limitless too.

Other slots keep things simple with classic game play and nostalgic fruit symbols while some titles, including those with the potential for progressive jackpots, will carry the potential for huge payouts. It’s all about standing out from the crowd in what is a busy area of casino play and, on the theme of big prizes, we have a number of those games which carry a megaways feature.

How do Megaways work?

At Unibet we have a range of slots that use the megaways option. Among the available titles are Dragon's Luck Megaways, Who Wants to be a Millionaire Megaways and Return of Kong Megaways. You can also play Genie Jackpots Megaways along with a host of alternatives.

As the name suggests, megaway slots offer an increased number of ways in which to win a cash prize during the base game. In many of these games, the figure in question is set at 117,649 so clearly that’s a far more interesting number than a slot with, say, 20 fixed paylines.

Remember that some of the prizes can be small returns but the system means that wins can potentially drop in on a more regular basis during the base game. A megaways game will usually come with the potential to trigger bonus features and, in some cases, there may be a fixed or progressive jackpot at stake.

Many of the games in question provide updates on existing slots. For example, the ever-popular Gonzo’s Quest which was originally released back in 2013 received a 2020 upgrade when Red Tiger added the Megaways feature. Both games remain on our list and this is the case with other slots too so, those who prefer to play the original can still do so while others can switch and take on the Megaways version.

Megaways Reel Mechanics

The Megaways feature is trademarked and it was originally developed by Big Time Gaming. However, the concept has been licensed out so players will now see megaways slots from a wider range of developers.

Some work slightly differently to others and the top prizes will vary but the mechanics are, essentially, the same in each case. In order to provide up to 117,649 ways to win, a random reel modifier is employed and this determines the number of symbols that can appear on a column at the end of each spin. Typically, a megaways slot can carry a minimum of two symbols in a column and a maximum of seven.

The aim behind all of these games is similar to any slot: Players need to match images in order to trigger cash prizes. There may well be a wild symbol in place to assist with this quest but this point can easily be checked on the paytable or via our own guide. It’s a familiar concept but the presence of megaways means that there are more ways to win and it may be that wins drop in more regularly as a result.

Megaways Online Slots

Here at Unibet we have many games that carry the Megaways feature and here are some of the most popular megaways slots on our schedules.

Great Rhino Megaways

Released in 2020, Great Rhino Megaways is produced by Pragmatic Play who have installed an impressive 200,704 ways to win in the base game. Like many slots that employ the megaways feature, this slot carries six rows and up to seven symbols can appear in each of the columns. In addition, there is a single horizontal row at the top of the grid which can accommodate a further four symbols.

There is the potential to land an impressive top prize and this game carries a feature that is common to Megaways slots - Cascading Reels. Whenever a winning spin lands, the matching symbols will move away, leaving others to fall down into their place. The sequence is able to continue until no more wins can be found.

Free spins can be activated by landing three or more of the gold coin scatters so there are plenty of features to keep players entertained.

88 Fortunes Megaways

88 Fortunes Megaways is a Shuffle Master production and this slot game first came onto the reels in 2019. The random reel modifier in this release has allowed for a colossal collection of 117,649 ways to win.

Here we have that same six reel grid with columns that can hold up to seven symbols while the additional four-space grid can be located at the bottom of the screen this time. 88 Fortunes Megaways is another slot to include the Cascading Reels feature but this is a game packed with bonuses. Stacked Symbols, Multipliers, Free Spins and a Pick Game are among the many added features associated with this active slot game.

Monopoly Megaways

There is a wide choice of slots that bear the name of the famous board game but many players opt for Monopoly Megaways due to its special bonus. By adding the megaways feature to the game, developers Big Time Gaming have allowed for that superb set of 117,649 ways to win.

Released in 2019 and using classic Monopoly imagery, this slot uses that familiar format of six rows together with the variable columns which can hold up to a maximum of seven symbols.

As the reels spin, any wins that drop in will see the charismatic Mr Monopoly move around his familiar board. Depending on the position where he finishes, extra bonuses including free spins and cascading reels can be awarded.

Raging Rhino Megaways

Red7 are the developers behind the Raging Rhino Megaways release which first came onto the reels in June 2019. It’s another slot to include that mighty figure of 117,649 ways to win and, once again, it comes with additional features attached.

As well as that cascading reels option which is exceptionally common in megaways slots, this upgraded version of Raging Rhino has a free spins round which is activated by the diamond scatter symbols. Four of these are needed to trigger eight free spins and each cascade will increase a win multiplier by x1. Free spins can be retriggered in this section if three more diamonds fall into view.

Gonzo’s Quest Megaways

Anyone who has spent any length of time at the online slots will be familiar with the mechanics of the classic Gonzo’s Quest so it’s worth looking at this 2020 upgrade. Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is a production from Red Tiger and it uses a format which should, by now, be very familiar.

Six rows plus columns or varying sizes have allowed for that colossal set of 117,649 ways to win while the cascading reels feature is here once again. The intrepid explorer Gonzo plays the role of the host in a slot where stone blocks portray the base game symbols. This is one of the megaways slots where a progressive jackpot is in place and this can be activated by landing three of the jackpot symbols. From this point, the slot will activate one of the Daily Drop, Hourly Drop or Big Drop Jackpot.

The presence of a potential jackpot will clearly add some attraction to this Gonzo’s Quest upgrade but there is that megaways feature and other bonuses which, like a lot of similar slots, can lead to entertainment and the potential for cash wins.

There are a number of slots online that carry the megaways feature and you can find a range of these at Unibet casino. These often carry the potential to trigger top prizes but, even if a big progressive jackpot isn’t in place, the megaways slots have so many ways to win that regular, smaller cash boosts can come through during the base game.

Those megaways slots also tend to come with a host of bonus features attached including free spins, extra wilds, multipliers and more. This means that, while no wins are ever guaranteed, there’s plenty of activity and the potential for entertainment along the way.

We’ve covered some of the more popular choices when it comes to megaways games but there are many more options here at Unibet. Whether you want to play genie jackpots megaways, who wants to be a millionaire megaways, return of the kong megaways or dragon luck megaways, we have you covered.

To find a full range of slots with this feature attached, simply head to our online casino page, type the word ‘megaways’ into the search bar and a comprehensive list of titles will be revealed.

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