What Are Megaways Slots And How Do They Work?

If you have been taking a look through some of the slots available at BetRivers Casino, then you may well have noticed that a couple of the games on offer are listed as being Megaways games.

What does Megaways mean? How does it impact your play on the game, and what benefits or hindrances does it have for the player playing the slot game?

In this article, we are going to answer all that and more.

However, let’s first start with a basic explanation of what Megaways is and which company were the first to develop this particular slot game feature.

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Big Time Gaming’s Big Contribution To The Slot Gaming Industry

It was the Australian slots development company Big Time Gaming that first came up with the design for a Megaways slot and it would prove to be an innovation that would redefine what you could come to expect from a slot game.

Previous to Megaways, a slot game would display a fixed number of symbols on its reels. Each space on the reel would be uniform and it would display one symbol. Sure, you could double up or even treble up on the same symbol, or even fill a reel completely with a single symbol.

Megaways though was something different.

The genius of Megaways was that it changed the number of symbols that could appear on a reel on any given spin. By reducing or increasing the number of symbols you could land on a reel, you would also increase or decrease the number of pay lines that were available to win on during that spin.

The upshot of this is that if you are playing a Megaways slot that offers the chance to win any way across the reels, then you can have a massive number of ways to win across the reels in that game.

Pay Lines v Ways To Win

For example, on a standard slot, you may find that there are 20 or even 40 pay lines in play. On a typical 5×3 reel ways to win slot, that increases to 243-ways to win across the reels.

However, Megaways can blow even that number out of the water. It is not unusual to find up to 15,625 ways to win on some Megaways games. On others, there are up to a massive 117,649 ways to win and there are even Megaways slot games with up to 248,832 different ways to win available.

The only way a standard slot can increase the number of ways to win on a slot game is to either increase the number of symbols on display on each reel on a spin or increase the number of reels available in the game, or use both of these modifications.

The brilliance of Megaways is that it retains the same number of reels, but each spin will see a different random number of symbols displayed on each reel and that will determine how many ways to win there are across the reels. The more symbols displayed on each reel, the more ways to win there will be on that Megaways spin.

Another Great Feature Of Megaways

Of course, it can be tricky for a player to see reels with different numbers of symbols displayed on the reels and to be able to calculate how many ways to win there are on a spin. Well, the good news is that you don’t have to.

One of the best features of a Megaways slot is that when the reels resolve themselves, the maximum potential number of ways to win on that spin is shown on screen.

So you can play a Megaways slot and spin once and the reels will finish in a display which offers say 12,491 ways to win, however on your next spin, that may increase to 29,619 ways to win, or go down to 8,125 ways to win if there are fewer symbols on the reels. Every spin can be different to the last in terms of how you can win.

Are There Any Downsides To Playing Megaways Games?

There are no real down sides to playing Megaways games but there are some things that you should be aware of.

Firstly, you don’t have to cover every way to win on a Megaways game with your stake. You set your stake at the start of a spin and this remains the same regardless of how many ways to win are available on the reels after the spin.

However, one thing you should be aware of is that individual line payouts tend to be slightly smaller in value on Megaways games, especially for wins that require fewer symbols. However, the plus side is that you can trigger multiple wins across multiple ways to win from the same spin, which does increase the overall value of win.

Indeed, it is triggering multiple ways to win on a single spin that tends to offer the best chance of a sizeable win in these types of game.

Megaways games can also be somewhat more volatile than standard slots, but not to the point where they become unplayable. It is the nature of the Megaways mechanic that makes these games slightly more volatile, but there are a large number of slots players that do much prefer more volatile slots as they tend to offer a shot at bigger value wins.

What Megaways Games Can I Play At BetRivers Casino?

Thanks to the fact that Big Time Gaming have licensed their Megaways game mechanic to other slots developers, we are seeing a far greater number of Megaways games being produced by other studios nowadays.

At BetRivers Casino for example, NetEnt have released the Megaways version of the Divine Fortune slot which features 6 reels as well as several other bonuses including Falling Wilds Re-Spins, Free Spins and Bonus Wins during Free Spins.

You can also trigger up to 117,649 ways to win on the exciting Megaways Twin Spin slot game which is also available at the site.

Lastly, if you enjoyed the original Gonzo’s Quest slot, then the new Gonzo’s Quest Megaways slot will also be one game you won’t want to miss!

So if you haven’t tried a Megaways slot, why not head over to BetRivers Casino now and give one of these three great games a few spins to see what all the fuss is about!


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