Pokies enthusiasts will be delighted to see a new release by Australian online gaming developer Big Time Gaming, alias BTG. It’s a six-reel pokie called Royal Mint Megaways, set in the UK’s Royal Mint, where all the nation’s coins are made.
It’s an appropriate theme for a pokie, and Royal Mint Megaways has a number of BTG features to spirit all those coins out of the vault and into the players’ winnings. There are several backgrounds at different levels. Normal gameplay, for example, takes place between the Mint’s august marble pillars, while the Heartstopper Enhanced Free Spins Feature takes place in the glistening, golden vault.
More Than 100,000 Ways To Win
The first thing to note about Royal Mint Megaways is that it boasts as many as 117,649 Ways To Win. That’s due to the layout of the six reels, which can display between 2 and 7 symbols per reel. When all 6 reels display 7 symbols, the number of potential winning combinations does indeed reach 117,649.
Even at the minimum number of symbols per reel, though, there are still 324 winning possibilities. The number of symbols on the reels is a random feature of the game; they are determined afresh – and in no regular pattern – with each spin, which spices up gameplay.
Megaways Mechanic Adds A Twist
The pokies symbols comprise the usual royal cards – A to 9 are included – plus gems in various colours. There’s also a Wild, set with gems, which can replace any symbols except the Scatter to create more wins.
The Megaways Mechanic is the game feature that allows the random number of symbols on the reels, and also makes the top and bottom reels spin horizontally. Symbols in winning combinations explode and this is the Reaction feature, which triggers a respin and more potential wins.
Scatter And Other Lucrative Features
The Mint itself is the pokies Scatter, and 4 or more of them will trigger 12 or more free spins – you get 4 more free spins for every extra Scatter over 4. There is also an unlimited win multiplier during free spins, which increases by 1 after each successful spin. More Scatters can appear during free spins, and four or more of them trigger yet more free spins.
Whenever 3 Scatters appear, players collect a gold bar. Once they have amassed 40 bars in the course of game play, an extra Scatter is added to the reels until the next free spins round. If the player hits 4 Scatters in this phase, it triggers the Heartstopper Enhanced Free Spins feature.
This feature offers the game’s biggest winning potential; the win multiplier starts at X2 and increases by 2 for every successful spin.
Royal Mint Megaways can be enjoyed on desktop or mobile and offers players the chance to – as the name suggests- make a mint!