ALL ABOUT ROYAL MINT MEGAWAYS™ SLOT
Big Time Gaming is without a doubt the rulers of the high volatility slots scene around these parts. Their discography is a veritable parade of masterpieces, constantly combining remarkable invention with fascinating themes, fantastic soundtracks, and enormous potential. They’re the studio whose games we all go to when we want to play some extremely risky high-risk slots. It’s always a joy to review a new game from BTG, and we’re excited to give you the lowdown on Royal Mint Megaways™, which was released in January 2020. It’s a slot that combines all of their finest features, from the classic expanding reels format made famous by Bonanza to Opal Fruits’ Triple Reaction frenzy and Lil Devil’s pumped-up Heartstopper™ Free Spins.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
Royal Mint is no exception to the rule that sound and visual are vital parts of every Big Time Gaming slot. The Johnson Smirke Building, formerly the Canadian home of the CA mint, serves as the game’s backdrop. It’s a bold, iconic image that works nicely in the position. The game’s fundamental format is typical Megaways™, with six reels displaying anything from two to seven symbols every spin. When three or more similar symbols appear on consecutive reels from left to right, payouts are given (regardless of position). There are up to 117,649 ways to win per spin as a result of this. For additional winnings, there are two 4×1 reels – one above and one below the main reel set. Royal Mint becomes a Triple Reaction slot when they spin horizontally rather than vertically.
The low value symbols here are the cards 9 through Ace, while the premium symbols are the gemstones — red, green, blue, and purple – in the regular BTG format. The latter is the most lucrative, with a payout of 50x for six on a payline. Wilds, which occur in both the top and bottom 4×1 reel sets, and scatters, which are necessary to activate the free spin rounds, are two additional key symbols. To start the spins, you must spell out the letters M-I-N-T in scatters (a bit like the G-O-L-D in Bonanza).
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
We’re all familiar with this one by now: winning symbols are removed from the reels and replaced with fresh ones after each winning spin. The procedure repeats again if further winlines are formed, and so on until no more wins are visible. This feature combines with a progressive multiplier that grows by 1x with each cascade to generate enormous win sequences throughout the free spins round.
Landing the four letters of the scatter symbols to create the word M-I-N-T triggers the free spins round. This activates 12 spins, with an extra 4 spins added if another scatter appears on the reels at the same moment. If three more scatters appear on the reels during your free spins, you will receive an additional four spins. Remember that the progressive multiplier is now active, so you may rack up some big winnings.
Heartstopper™ Free Spins With Enhanced Multipliers
The Heartstopper™ feature comes from BTG’s Lil Devil slot machine. The multipliers in this game double to amplify your winnings, so you start at 2x and grow by 2x with each cascading victory.
This one, on the other hand, isn’t simple to set off. It’s done by landing gold bars in the base game, which happens every time you collect three of the four scatters required to activate the free spins feature. That basically means that even if you don’t quite reach the target, there’s a consolation prize – and after you’ve gathered FOURTY gold bars, you’ll be in enhanced mode the next time you play the free spins round.
This role has the potential to be quite lucrative. Last year, Lil Devil and its Heartstopper feature made a significant splash in the slots game world, owing in part to a string of large winnings fueled by the boosted multipliers available to those willing to spend long enough to amass 40 gold bars. Gold Mint is likely to follow suit. It’s also a nice-looking slot, one that regular BTG slot gamers will recognise while yet feeling like they’re playing something fresh. However, as always, we advise any player to proceed with caution — the volatility is quite high, and any benefits will need a significant amount of play.