Oversight of the Big Money Bandits’ Mega-Highways


Company that brought you Infinity Reels is at it again, this time taking aim at the Megaways framework. The Australian programmer has had mixed results in their experiments with the wildly popular gaming engine. Some people liked Atlantis Megaways and Hypernova Megaways, but they didn’t really change the slots industry. Their third release, the Western-themed slot Big Bucks Bandits Megaways, appears to be following the same path as their previous two.

Following in the footsteps of Megaways, this slot machine features 6 reels and a desert setting, perhaps near the Grand Canyon. While the backdrop picture is nice, the symbols look quite antiquated and distracting. Oddly crisp and high-definition, yet also hopelessly out-of-date.

Setting a bet where players can choose a stake between 20 p/c and $/€25 each spin is required to access the real money. When you press the play button, up to seven symbols on each reel can result in 117,648 possible winning combinations. Any time you hit a winner, the reaction mechanic will activate. Here, the background is revealed as the winning symbols pop off the grid, and new symbols fall into the vacant spaces. Multiple hits from a single spin keep this chain reaction going until no more winners appear.

Big Bucks Bandits Megaways uses a lot of symbols that have deep roots in Western culture. The game’s low-tier items include moonshine bottles, skulls, cactus flowers, cowboy hats, boots, and pistols. Look out for horses, outlaws, little ladies, and a Clint Eastwood impersonator up there. You only need two of a kind of Clint to win, and a full house of him is worth 100 times your bet. Compare that to the rest of the symbols which are valued 0.5x to 5x for a line of six. Wilds continue to be useful, as they can replace all symbols except the scatter on the special 4-slot bonus reel.

Here’s a Western adage: “Just because a cowboy goes into town and buys a new hat doesn’t mean he’s changed.” That adage, which we may or may not have made up, certainly applies to Big Bucks Bandits Megaways. What we mean is that the RTP is 96% and the volatility is medium. The features may not be identical to the first two, but they are very similar.

Features of the Big Money Bandit Megaways

The respins features are a fan favorite on ReelPlay. When 6 or more money bags are in view, the Jackpot Heist Respins feature activates in Big Bucks Bandits Megaways. When this occurs, the money bags that activate the trigger are secured. Whenever a fresh money bag or trophy symbol lands, the round will restart with 3 respin opportunities. When either luck runs out or the number of respins reaches zero, the bonus round is over.

During the bonus round, participants have a chance to win both money bags and trophies. Each one awards a specific fixed jackpot – bronze, silver, gold, or platinum worth 10x, 50x, 250x, or 1,000x respectively. While it is possible to win the Bronze or Silver jackpot numerous times per feature, the Gold and Platinum jackpots can only be won once.

After the final respin in a Jackpot Respins round, the prize pool is added up and the Double Cross Gamble round begins. A segmented reward wheel sits between two gunslingers who face off against one other. Wins can be cashed out at any moment, or used as wagers on the wheel. If you land on a green square, you can multiply your prize by up to five times its initial value, or you can lose everything.

Finally, for those who are interested in playing the extra game, there is the extra Buy feature to consider. To participate in the Jackpot Heist Respins on the next spin, players can pay the admission fee of 60 times the stake.

Judgment on the Big Money Bandits of Megaway

High Roller Robbers In the case of Megaways, you can compare your experience with it to that of another slot machine. Here you have Hypernova Megaways and Atlantis Megaways to evaluate side by side. If you liked them, you’ll really dig this cowboy take on them. If you don’t agree with me, then you can just put your hat away for this one. All three are remarkably similar in design and mechanics. While the old adage suggests otherwise, some tweaking might not hurt here.

Of course, it’s not quite the same because of the addition of bonus games and so more chances to lose money. The biggest trophy prize is only 1,000x, which is half of what it is in the other two Megaways slots offered by ReelPlay. However, the addition of the Double Cross Gamble feature to Big Bucks more than makes up for that. Since maximum wins of about 10,000 times the stake are now achievable, it raises the potential, where you’ll need to be quick on the draw, or lucky at least. To win a showdown, you need nearly as much nerve as it takes to ride the feature to the finish.

The bonus game’s twist does add a bit of variety, but otherwise this is just another generic ReelPlay Megaways slot. Some gunslingers might be up for the task, while others would rather just reposition their hats and return to the bar.


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