Megaways slots in Canada
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Megaways slots are just as popular in Canada as they are everywhere else! Lottomart, the home of jackpot entertainment, is here to provide the ultimate Megaways playing experience, offering some of the best Megaways slots in the business. We have 100s of Megaways slots comprising some of the most popular titles in Canada: Shamrock Holmes Megaways, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, Vikings Unleashed Megaways, Big Bass Bonanza Megaways, Curse of the Werewolf Megaways, and many more slot games too numerous to list here. But if you like your cascading reels, mystery symbols, free spins, unlimited win multipliers, and 100,000s of ways to win, then you've come to the right party.
What are Megaways slots?
Megaways slots are online games that use the popular Megaways mechanic. The Australian slot developer, Big Time Gaming (BTG for short), coined the term in 2016. They then unleashed the Megaways mechanic on an unsuspecting gaming world via their slot game Dragon Born, featuring the now-established 117,649 ways to win. BTG followed up with Bonanza Megaways in the same year, and a star was born. The technology was so innovative, popular and revolutionary that the other slot developers just had to get their hands on it. Hence, BTG did the only sensible thing they could do - they licensed it to other companies such as Red Tiger, Pragmatic Play and Blueprint Gaming, among others. Some developers, inspired to innovate their version of the Megaways mechanic, patented their own versions. NetEnt developed their InfiniReels engine. Microgaming did the same with their proprietary Wonderways system. However good these mechanics may be, none of them has been able to match the popularity of Megaways. These days if a developer is looking to refresh an existing slot game, one of the ways they do it is to create a Megaways version of it. Not only does it allow them to revamp the gameplay, but it also allows them to improve the graphics, music, and sound effects - basically every facet of a slot’s presentation.
How do Megaways slots work?
Megaways has a few moving parts. Let’s break these down one by one. First, Megaways slots use a unique mathematical equation alongside a random reel modifier, allowing them to have a larger than usual game grid of 6 reels and between 2 - 7 rows. In a Megaways slot, each reel can reveal up to 7 symbols in view. Landing consecutive symbols on all reels after a spin could lead to a maximum of 117,649 ways to win! Some slots go beyond the standard number of paylines. For example, Pragmatic Play’s Great Rhino Megaways slot pushes the envelope by offering a staggering 200,704 ways to win! And that’s the tip of the proverbial iceberg! Slots such as Iron Dog Studio’s 1 Million Megaways BC offer over 1 million ways to win, blowing standard Megaways slots out of the water in terms of paylines!
On the other hand, online slots that don’t incorporate BTG’s popular mechanic usually display a limited and fixed number of paylines that cannot be adjusted or modified. Examples of slots with a limited number of paylines include Fruit Shop (15 paylines) and Dragon’s Luck (10 paylines, although both have Megaways iterations that offer many more potential ways to win). So you can see that the Megaways mechanic offers infinitely more possibilities for landing winning combinations due to the increased number of symbols landing on the expanded game grids.
Another feature of the Megaways mechanic is the Cascading Reels feature, and these are exactly what the name implies they are. In-game, all winning symbols will cause a chain reaction, meaning that they are removed from the reels and replaced by new symbols coming into play from above. The cascades continue until no more winning symbols appear.
The rise of the Megaways slot genre
In just a few short years, the Megaways mechanic has risen to become one of the most popular and sought-after in the industry, with more and more developers incorporating it into their games. Some entrepreneurial devs have developed their variant engines. However good they are in their own right, nothing has quite hit as Megaways did, and slot games that use the technology are some of the most popular ones on the market. In fact, Big Time Gaming has cornered the market with its Megaways mechanic, but of course, this would not have been possible without the players; they are the real reason why the technology exploded as it has and why developers are falling over themselves to either make Megaways versions of their most popular games or create their own proprietary game engines.
As a result, the market is set to be flooded with Megaways online slots potentially providing 100,000s upon 100,000s of ways to win alongside other bonuses and features such as modifiers, multipliers and free spin features that can pay out huge sums worth many times the original bet. Megaways slots also comprise all themes and genres, so just like with online slots, there’ll be something for everyone. The Megaways mechanic exists in this symbiotic relationship between the developer, supplier and player. The Megaways train is going full speed ahead, and it's not stopping at any station!
What are Branded Megaways slots?
As we’ve established, Megaways slots are hugely popular in Canada, with Canadian players having their own favourite slots that use BTG’s proprietary game engine! So what do you think could make them even more so? Why, Branded Megaways, of course! The ingenious idea - pioneered by developer Iron Dog Studios - was to create a fully customizable Megaways slot based on Pirate Kingdom Megaways. More of a template than a fully realized game, Branded Megaways allows Iron Dog Studio’s casino partners to brand a Megaways slot in their inimitable style. This can mean including imagery such as logos, mascots or symbols. And just like that, online casinos can have their own Megaways slots based on a variety of themes. Finally, Branded Megaways slots use the traditional Megaways set-up, with a game grid consisting of 6 reels and 2-7 rows. The precise number of symbols changes with each spin, but players can expect a maximum of 117,649 ways to win when the reels are fully expanded, again just like in traditional Megaways slots. Other popular features of Branded Megaways slots include cascading reels, free spins, locked reels, and multipliers.
What are other characteristics that Megaways slots have?
Many of these features and bonuses mentioned in the previous section carry over into traditional Megaways slots. We have already discussed the Cascading Reels feature in an earlier section. Linked to this mechanic, online slots such as Madame Destiny Megaways and The Dog House Megaways (both popular in Canada) have a Free Spins feature with an unlimited win multiplier. This multiplier usually starts at 1x but increases by a factor of 1 with every cascade that triggers during free spins. In theory, the unlimited win multipliers can increase indefinitely, so long as the Free Spins bonus round is active.
Mystery symbols can also play a significant role in Megaways slots. In Booming Games’ The Rodfather Megaways, for example, this is represented by a painted-on question mark over a wooden board. A golden dragon coin represents the mystery symbol in Red Tiger’s Dragon’s Luck Megaways. Whichever form it takes, the Mystery symbol can appear on any reel. When it does, it substitutes for all other symbols apart from the Scatter. This creates the possibility of landing more winning combinations that would ordinarily be possible on non-Megaways slots. Not all Megaways slots have bonus Mystery symbols, however.
Another benefit of Megaways slots that makes them especially popular is the relatively high RTP compared to traditional video slots. The average RTP on a Megaways slot is around 96%. On the other hand, the RTP on non-Megaways slots can fluctuate considerably. Allied to a higher potential max win - Monsters of Rock Megaways has a maximum payout potential of 250,000x the stake - and you can see why Megaways slots are considered so lucrative.
What are the best Megaways games at Lottomart?
Let’s start with one we’ve already mentioned, Shamrock Holmes Megaways. A popular Irish-themed Sherlock Holmes adventure (complete with leprechaun cosplaying as the famous detective), the slot may come with a smaller than usual 32,400 ways-to-win but makes up for it with a potential win of 28,000x the stake, so you can see why the slot's popularity endures to this day!
Of course, no talk of Megaways would be complete without mentioning Pragmatic Play's seminal fishing series. Big Bass Bonanza is one of the most popular slot games ever created, so it stood to reason that the studio would want to create an even more lucrative Megaways version. Big Bass Bonanza Megaways is the result, with its combination of 46,656 paylines and a potential win of 4,000x the stake alongside cascading reels, free spins and more!
From fishing in tranquil waters to creeping around a foggy Victorian village by the light of a full moon, Curse of the Werewolf Megaways howls at the reels with 46,649 ways-to-win and a staggering potential max win of 40,976x the stake alongside the usual Megaways bonus features!
Looking for a staple Megaways classic? Look no further than Gonzo’s Quest Megaways! It features 117,649 ways to win and includes several immersive bonus features such as cascading reels, win multipliers, and mystery symbols, among others. And if you’re a fan of exploring ancient Aztec temples, then this slot has you more than covered.
117,649 ways to win getting a bit too tame? Then sail the seven seas under the jolly roger with Pirates Plenty Megaways, a slot that allows up to 200,704 ways to win thanks to its Wild Ways feature! Still not enough? Up the ante with Megaways slots such as 1 Million Fortunes Megaways, another of Iron Dog Studio’s titles to feature over one million ways to win!
All these Megaways slots and more await here at Lottomart. Whatever genre or theme you enjoy, we have Megaways games to suit all your preferences. So look and see what we have to offer. Who knows, you might find a new favourite!
Other Casino Games at Lottomart
If you love our selection of Megaways slots, we of course have versions of the same games that don’t use Big Time Gaming’s mechanic but still offer thrilling mechanics and high potential max payouts. If you love Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, try the thrilling original Gonzo’s Quest: The Search for Eldorado by NetEnt. Featuring a similar cascading reel feature with win multipliers (called the Avalanche function) and a Free Spins bonus round, it’s possible to win a max possible payout of 1,875x the stake.
Similarly, if you enjoy playing Big Bass Bonanza Megaways, you can go back and play the slot that started it all, the original and still classic, Big Bass Bonanza! With multiple bonus features, a max possible payout of 2,100x the stake alongside plenty of charm and personality. We’re sure you’ll love the first title in the seminal fishing saga!
If you had a blast sailing the Spanish Main in Pirates Plenty Megaways, then you will love exploring the seven seas in the other entries in the seminal seafaring slots series. 2019's original Pirates Plenty is the classic slot that started it all, and onboard we also have Pirates’ Plenty Battle for Gold, featuring a potential max win of 5,500x!
The above is just scratching the surface of what we offer here at Lottomart! With an ever-expanding roster of slot games available encompassing every genre, theme and mechanic - including Megaways - we’re sure you’ll find something you like in no time!
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