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Megaways Slots 2021

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Most of you will have come across Megaways slots – or even played them. But have you fathomed everything about this cool yet complicated game mechanic? And where did the Megaways magic begin?

Well my dearest slot fans, here’s everything you need to know about the reel modifier that changed Slotand forever…

Megaways History

The Megaways mechanic was devised by those excellent Australian developers at Big Time Gaming, and their first ever Megaways release was DragonBorn that was released in 2015. Despite coming with some very high volatility, the maximum win was only around x5000 which put some players off.

Fast forward one year, and the Megaways’ modifier exploded thanks to Bonanza slot – which took the relatively unknown developers and propelled them to become a huge name in the industry.

After that came veritable banquet of Megaways titles including White Rabbit Riches, Extra Chilli and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire that cemented their reputation. And, as the popularity Of Megaways’ grew, the savvy Antipodeans sold the license to NetEnt, Blueprint Gaming, Inspired Gaming, SG and even Microgaming. I say!

In fact, Megaways has been so successful that the world’s biggest games provider, Evolution Gaming, took over BTG along with the Megaways modifier in April 2021. What happens next remains to be seen…

How do Megaways slots work?

Megaways slots feature a random reel modifier that changes how many symbols land on a reel on each spin. But how?

Well, there are 6 reels plus a maximum of 8 symbols that can land on each reel – and an extra horizontal reel at the top of the screen. It’s this unusual reel formation (and the number of symbols that hit) that creates the 117,649 ways to win.

To work out how many you’ll play with on each spin, the number of icons on each reel are multiplied together to give you a final number. But if maths isn’t your thing, there will be a counter on the screen console to let you know. How convenient!

And, you don’t need to have a Phd in game theory to know that playing with this many pay ways can have a stratospheric effect on your win potential.

The Monkey’s Favourite Megaways slots

Forgotten Island Megaways

Inspired by infamous primate King Kong and created by Microgaming and All41Studios, this beautifully designed slot takes you on a tropical trip over 6 reels with the standard Meagways’ 117,649 ways to win. Best of all is the base game feature; Kong Spins. Our hairy hero will Kong wake up and dole out a win multiplier that starts 10x for one spin, but will increase on each successive cascade drop.


This is probably the most famous Megaways slot, and for a very good reason.

Set in a goldmine, it comes with scorching volatility and a progressive Free Spins win multiplier. The top win of 12,000x your bet is high enough to see decent rewards in the base game as well as the bonus. While the banjo-twanging soundtrack has become infamous amongst slot lovers. The original and the best.

Montezuma Megaways

This slot started off as a land-based machine but was given the Megaways treatment in January 2020 by SG Digital, and they did a marvellous job!

Aside from the standard excellent Megaways modifiers, this game also provides a Re-spin Wheel – that can trigger on any no win spin. You’ll now be guaranteed a pyramid wild to increase your chances of a pay-out.

A great game with very impressive design. (This game isn’t available to UK players)

8 Golden Skulls Of Holly Roger Megaways

Avast ye! Let’s set sail with Buck Stakes Entertainment in this marauding Megaways adventure. The game play follows the usual BGT formula, but there are also 4x Firepots up for grabs here – the highest of which can reach up to 2,000 x stake your bet.

This gives the slot a bit of something extra – and as you knowI do love a pirate themed game.

Extra Chilli

Released in April 2018, this well-loved slot has 117,649 pay-lines and the Megaways 6 reel layout – but it will also add spice to your spins thanks to the bonus buy feature!

Yes, what I really love about this game is the Feature Drop extra, that changes your entire game play. Buy into the Free Spins for 50x your bet, or collect coins as you play to lower the cost.

There is 20000x your bet in offer – and you’ll find it in that Bonus…