If you thought that there was something familiar about Bonanza, you were definitely right – the first thing that comes to mind when launching the slot is the all-time classic (most of you have a million bells ringing in your head already), the one and only, Gold Miner. This could be unintentional, however, we certainly hope that someone at Big Time Gaming was paying a tribute to this brilliant old-school game.
Another interesting thing about the slot is that it employs MegaWays structure which means that the number of paylines will change on every spin, with the total possible betway possibilities capped at 117649.
Gems are the high value icons and they become payable in the combination of three - all except for the Diamond which doubles the stake when two of the icons land on the reels. The string of 6 Diamond symbols pays 50x one’s stake. Ruby pays 7.5x while Saphire and Emerald produce a payout of x2 for the combination of 6 icons.
How to Play
There’s no adjusting the paylines in Bonanza – the game mechanics will take care of that for you, randomly increasing and decreasing the number of lines spin after spin.
You will, of course, be able to select the betting amount and wager up to £20 per spin or start with smaller stakes of £0.20. All bets will be adjusted manually as there is no Max Bet.
For an uninterrupted play, one can set up Auto spins – up to 100 continuous rounds can be activated with an option to set the loss limit or a winning amount that will end the auto mode. Unlocking the bonus rounds will stop auto play and resume it after the feature expires.
Strategy & Tips
MegaWays structure is not the only interesting feature in Bonanza and there are a few more innovations along the way.
As soon as you click the spin button, a cart with additional symbols will stop directly above reels 2-5, potentially adding an extra icon. If there are enough icons to form a combination, there will be a “reaction” and the winning symbols will explode making room for new, cascading symbols.
Letters spelling a word GOLD are the Scatters and once these symbols land, 12 Free Spins will be unlocked. For every single Scatter that lands during the Free Spins, the players will receive 5 additional rounds and more Free Spins will be generated if the Free Spins Scatters are found in the cart while the bonus feature is still active.
Bonanza is a mobile compatible (iOS, Android, Windows…) slot that you shouldn’t miss out on, especially if you still haven’t tried the unpredictable MegaWays paylines. This type of structure will definitely sit well with all the players who avoid linear and fixed-paylines games. In the long run, the game produces a solid 96% RTP and the volatility will fluctuate from medium to high, which not all will appreciate, but it does contribute to the overall excitement and keeps the players on their toes.