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Big Time Gaming brings you their mining themed slot, Bonanza. Slick design and smooth gameplay gives it the edge on the market right now, and it certainly is a busy game with plenty going on. You have the right equipment, but let’s see if you’ll be able to find the minerals!
Presented over a 5-reel setup, this is where the similarity with other slots ends. There are an incredible 117649 paylines on this slot, according to Big Time Gaming. Of course, the way in which they get to this figure involves a copious amount of maths and marketing license, but with the addition of the ‘megaways’ feature you can see that it’s technically true.
You can’t go digging anywhere, you’re going to need to know how to go about it if you want to go home with a nice bit of shiny grit. Setting your bets is simple and takes just a few easy steps. The ‘stake’ button is how you adjust the value of your coins, and is another way of setting your total bet - even if it’s called something else. Hitting ‘play’ gets the reels spinning after you have set the maximum spend. Use ‘autoplay’ to spin for your set number of times - especially useful if you have a bad finger/get easily bored of slots, etc.
The juicy bits
Although there is a fair bit going on, it's more on the complicated side than full of action really. It is entertaining however, and we ended up playing it for over three hours straight!
A host of mining symbols provide the higher value positions, with the standard playing card symbols for the lower value positions. Dynamite, that everso useful mining tool, represents the wild, typically substituting for all other symbols, bar the scatter.
The ‘mine carts’ add a symbol to reels 2,3,4 and 5, to be set above its specific reel, winning symbols replacing those already involved in wins are fed from here and ultimately the carts to the right.
What would a game be without free spins
You have four scatters in this game, and they tackily spell out the word GOLD. Get any of these letters across the reels and you’ll be awarded 12 free spins Every scatter landed during the free spins feature gives you five extra spins.
Whilst this feature runs you can also win an unlimited multiplier, increasing after every reaction created. The free spins scatter only appears in the carts, three of which add a further five spins, four giving you ten spins.
Bonanza is a strange slot, the addition of the ‘megaways’ payline structure can make it feel a bit confusing, but actually, unless you care about the mechanics with academic interest it’s best to just hit the spin button and see what happens.
It’s pretty volatile too, so can push out some serious wins at random. Those seasoned gamers will know that perseverance can really pay with these type of slots, or you could just lose everything. Give it a try, why not?
Words: David Bailey-Lauring