In the world of online gambling there is constant pressure to innovate, especially in slots, as they tend to be a bit formulaic with reels, symbols and playing areas. Game providers obviously try to innovate and improve on this basic formula to make their games stick out from the crowd. They do this by adding game mechanics like free spin rounds, sticky wilds, and jackpots. One of these innovations is Megaways.
Megaways was invented by Big Time Gaming in 2015 and made its debut in the slot Dragon Born, but the big breakthrough was with the slot Bonanza the following year. As the Megaways concept became wildly popular, they decided to license the game mechanics to other game developers. You can now get Megaways slots from most game providers, they have even made Megaways remakes of their most popular slots, like Gonzo’s Quest Megaways and The Dog House Megaways.
What innovation does Megaways bring to the table then? Well, it innovates with two things: one, it randomizes the number of symbols on each reel, and two, it does away with win lines.
Without win lines how do you know when you win? Easy, in a Megaways slot you win if a symbol appears on adjacent reels without any reel gaps from the first reel onwards, it doesn’t matter where on each reel the symbol is, if you have enough symbols on enough adjacent reels you win. More symbols give a bigger win, just like on a normal slot.
The randomizing of the number of symbols on each reel gives each spin a completely different playing field. And the larger the playing field, the larger the chance of winning, since more symbols per reel increases the chance for a specific symbol to appear on the reel and it doesn’t matter where on the reel it is for winning purposes. The randomizing of the reels is also the reason for the removal of the win lines, since the playing field layout changes every spin, it would be hard to design win lines that would make sense for all possible playing fields.
Since their introduction, Megaways slots have gained immense popularity among both seasoned gamblers and newcomers. With their dynamic reels, diverse themes, and massive winning potential, these games have carved out a niche in online casinos. As they continue to evolve and capture the attention of players, Megaways slots are likely to remain at the forefront of online gambling.