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Megaways Slots Continue to Boom in Popularity

Of all the developments that have taken place in online slots in recent years, one of the most significant has been the introduction and rapid growth in popularity of Megaways slots games.

First introduced by Big Time Gaming (BTG) in 2015 with the launch of Dragon Born, the evolution of Megaways games has been fascinating to observe, most notably the way in which other game producers have been so eager to adopt the technology, formally known as the Megaways Mechanic. Some developers have used the Megaways technology for new release slots games, while others have incorporated Megaways gameplay into their existing titles.

What is a Megaways slot game?

The most eye-catching feature of Megaways slots is that the gameplay is always changing. Games are designed so that the number of paylines in play can change with every spin, and are configured so that as many as 117,649 ways-to-win can be in play at any one time during base play. On some games, the maximum number of paylines will be lower, while in other games there can be as many as 248,832 ways-to-win in play during a free spin bonus round.

On a 117,649 ways-to-win Megaways game like Raging Rhino, there are 6 main reels, where reels 1 and 6 can show between 2 and 7 rows of symbols per spin, and reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 can show between 2 and 6 rows of symbols on each spin. There is also an additional row of 4 symbols at the top, and these spin horizontally rather than vertically, and act as an extra row of symbols on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

All of this means that the number of potential winning combinations changes with each spin (the number will be displayed at the top of the screen after each spin is completed), with up to a maximum of 117,649 ways-to-win on offer.

Some of the most popular Megaways 117,649 ways-to-win games include Vikings Unleashed, Starquest, Queen of Riches, Extra Chilli, Dragon Born, Bonanza and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Other Megaways slots, like White Rabbit, also incorporate other unique gameplay elements, such as Feature Drop, where it is possible to buy the bonus feature when you start playing, or wait until the price drops as you make progress through the game. White Rabbit also features Extending Reels, which can come into play during the free spin round and where the reels can potentially extend to up to 12 rows, creating an enormous 248,832 ways-to-win.

There are other Megaways games that are configured differently and so don’t have as many ways-to-win, but they retain the essential characteristic of having a variable number of rows and reels in play on each spin.

However, the changing number of rows and reels is not the only exceptional feature to be found on Megaways slots games, as they also have other special features like scatter and wild symbols, free spins, and a variety of other bonus rounds. The bonus rounds on the collapsing reels games that involve free spins are particularly enticing as they tend to also incorporate a win multiplier that increases on every win during the free spin cycle.

Who produces Megaways slot games?

As the original developer of Megaways, Big Time Gaming has produced a number of hugely successful games that have proven to be extremely popular in the UK online casinos that we feature here.

Extra Chilli Megaways

Well-known Megaways slots by BTG include Bonanza, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Extra Chilli, Danger High Voltage, White Rabbit, Donuts, Book of Gods, Dragon Born, Gold, Temple Quest, Queen of Riches and Starquest.

However, while Big Time Gaming continues to produce Megaways slots games under its own name, it has also licensed the Megaways Mechanic to a number of other studios, meaning that there is a very diverse range of gameplay, themes and styles on offer when you play a Megaways slot.

Slot game developers who now have Megaways games in their catalogues include:

Storm Gaming

Storm Gaming has been producing themed Megaways slots since 2018, with its most popular titles being based on hit TV shows like I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Chase and Tipping Point.

Blueprint Gaming

Genie Jackpots Megaways

BTG licensed the Megaways Mechanic to Blueprint Gaming in 2018, and since that time it has produced an impressive catalogue of slots that have proven to be immensely popular and has incorporated the technology in both new games and some of its existing titles.

The range of Blueprint Megaways slots includes:

  • Diamond Mine Megaways
  • Irish Riches Megaways
  • Genie Jackpots Megaways
  • Buffalo Rising Megaways
  • Primal Megaways
  • Vikings Unleashed Megaways
  • Slots O Gold Megaways
  • Lightning Strike Megaways
  • Temple of Treasure Megaways
  • Legacy of Ra Megaways
  • Valletta Megaways
  • Wolf Legend Megaways
  • Fishin’ Frenzy Megaways
  • Mystery Spin Deluxe Megaways
  • Safecracker Megaways
  • Tiki Treasures Megaways
  • Leo Vegas Megaways
  • Return of Kong Megaways
  • Gods of Olympus Megaways
  • The Pig Wizard Megaways
  • Safari Gold Megaways
  • Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways
  • Luck O’ The Irish Megaways

Iron Dog Studio

Iron Dog Studio, producing games under its 1×2 Gaming label, began partnering with BTG in 2019 and has now released its first Megaways slot Pirate Kingdom.

Scientific Games

Rainbow Riches Megaways

Scientific Games has some fantastic titles to its merit and began incorporating the Megaways Mechanic into some of its most popular slot games in mid-2019. The Megaways titles currently in its range include Raging Rhino, Rainbow Riches, 88 Fortunes and Battleship Direct Hit!

 

Fantasma

Fantasma released its first Megaways slots games in 2019, with Medallion and Flower Fortunes being its first games to incorporate the technology.

Relax Gaming

Big Time Gaming and Relax Gaming have been in partnership since 2018, and it currently has three Megaways slots in its catalogue — Machina, Temple Tumble and Hypernova — all of which are new releases rather than existing games into which Megaways has been incorporated.

Red Tiger

Red Tiger began using the Megaways Mechanic in its games in 2018, and it currently has three Megaways slots in its catalogue — Mystery Reels, PaddyPower Gold and Dragon’s Fire.

iSoftBet

iSoftBet began partnering with BTG in 2019 to incorporate the Megaways Mechanic into its slot games, although it has yet to release any Megaways titles to date.

The Popularity of Megaways Slots

Bonanza Megaways

As an indicator of how popular Megaways slots have become with UK slots players, leading online casinos are beginning to introduce a dedicated Megaways game tab, with Ladbrokes leading the way in this regard.

Fans of Megaways slots can expect to see more casinos adopting this approach in the future as the demand for Megaways slots continues to grow.

Full List of Megaways Slots Games

For those of you that are fans of the Megaways format, we’ve pulled together a full list of all the games available at the time of writing:

  • Bonanza
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
  • Extra Chilli
  • Danger High Voltage
  • White Rabbit
  • Donuts
  • Book of Gods
  • Dragon Born
  • Gold
  • Temple Quest
  • Queen of Riches
  • Starquest
  • I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
  • The Chase
  • Tipping Point
  • Diamond Mine
  • Irish Riches
  • Genie Jackpots
  • Buffalo Rising
  • Primal
  • Vikings Unleashed
  • Slots O Gold
  • Lightning Strike
  • Temple of Treasure
  • Legacy of Ra
  • Valletta
  • Wolf Legend
  • Fishin’ Frenzy
  • Mystery Spin Deluxe
  • Safecracker
  • Tiki Treasures
  • Leo Vegas
  • Return of Kong
  • Gods of Olympus
  • The Pig Wizard
  • Safari Gold
  • Wish Upon a Leprechaun
  • Luck O’ The Irish
  • Pirate Kingdom
  • Raging Rhino
  • Rainbow Riches
  • 88 Fortunes
  • Battleship Direct Hit!
  • Medallion
  • Flower Fortunes
  • Machina
  • Temple Tumble
  • Hypernova
  • Mystery Reels
  • PaddyPower Gold
  • Dragon’s Fire

There are some big names in this list and some brand new games that are destined to become classics in their own right and we can’t wait to see which games get the Megaways treatment next!

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