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Slots developers like to use the theme of a gem mine as a theme, and Bonanze from Big Time Gaming is another slot where players venture underground in search of precious stones. The Bonanza slot machine also uses the Megaways concept to add a touch more adventure to your mining forays.
This Bonanza slot review will take a closer look at the slot. You can find out all about the features, the graphics and who played the banjo on theme tune. Read on to discover more!
|House Edge: 4.00%||Return to player: 96.00%|
|Autospin: Yes||Softwares: no download - instant play, mobile, Mac|
|Released: July 1, 2017||Min Bet: 2|
|Max Bet: 200||Scatters: Yes|
|Gamble: Yes||Max Coins: 10|
|Reels: 6||Paylines: 117649|
|Spins: Yes||Bonus Rounds: Yes|
|Wild: Yes||Software: Big Time Gaming|
|House Edge:||4.00 %||4.02 %|
|Return to player:||96.00 %||95.98 %|
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Bonanza is played on a grid of 6 reels and 3 rows, though this number can change thanks to the use of the Megaways concept. Symbols can change sizes, and there can be as many as 117,649 ways to win on a spin. The reels are also supplemented by the presence of a mine cart. This sits above the reels, and adds an extra symbol to the second, third, fourth and fifth reels on each spin. This can boost your chances of winning.
The maximum payout for UK players is a massive £250,000, so lucky players can really take home some significant prizes. The minimum bet is 20p and the maximum is 500. If you like to play Bonanza slot on mobile devices, you’re in luck. The game utilises HTML5 technology, so can be played on a wide range of devices of differing types and sizes. The game was released in December 2016, and has established itself as a very popular title over the last 3 and a half years or so.
The Bonanza slot RTP is 96.00%. This is a pretty typical figure for Big Time Gaming slots, most of which seem to hover around the 96% mark. Viking Quest, another BTG title, has an RTP of bang on 96%, for example, while their version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire has an RTP of 96.24%. Reel Gems, a similarly themed slot from Microgaming, has an RTP of 96.50%, so Bonanza is pretty typical for a slot of its type and theme.
Some slots players like to base their strategy around a game’s RTP. This is not the best idea, as RTP can only ever provide a very rough guide to how a game will perform. What might be of more use you when it comes to Bonanza is the fact that the game has a high variance. This means that you are more likely to trigger infrequent large wins than you are to pick up frequent smaller wins. When we played the game, we actually found it very hard to trigger the feature, even when we set our bet limits towards the upper end of the scale. Hopefully you will have better luck when you play.
The game’s reels are set on what seems to be the entrance to a diamond mine. A water wheel spins in the top right corner, and there is a miner’s hut in the bottom left of the screen. Ivy, ferns and flowers grow all over the mountainside in which the mine has been sunk. There is plenty of detail in the graphics, but they are not among the finest we have seen in slots.
When it comes to symbols, the higher value symbols are gems. The Bonanza slot payout is lucrative for these symbols, while the lower value symbols are the usual array of numbers and letters.
You should also keep a close eye on the cart that sits above the reels, as symbols will appear here that can be added to the symbols on the reels. All symbols on the normal reels can appear stacked. Gameplay is smooth and there is nothing clunky or clumsy about the way the reels spin. With the Bonanza slot, BTG have certainly produced something that has a slick feel to it, even if it is not the classiest slot we have ever played.
The game sounds good too, with the cartoon style sound effects helping to create a fun atmosphere. There is also a banjo-driven theme tune for you to enjoy as you play. We have read that Big Time Gaming CEO Nik Robinson played the banjo himself. If true, he’s certainly a pretty nifty player. The music is well-produced and melodic enough. Those banjo tones may well start to get on your nerves after a few spins, though, as there is something a little grating about their constant cheerfulness. But the music certainly works as a bouncy scene-setting theme tune at the beginning of the game.
The symbols can appear stacked on the reels, which boosts your chances of winning. The scatter symbols are the golden letters, and we’ll look at the part they play in the game in the next section of this review. The wild symbol is the bunch of fizzing dynamite, and this will substitute for all other symbols apart from the scatter to create winning combinations for you.
There are 2 features in the Bonanza slot game for you to enjoy. There is the Reactions feature, which is part of the Megaways concept, and the Free Spins feature. We will take a closer look at both of these in more detail here.
Overall, we liked the Bonanza slot. Big Time Gaming has certainly produced a game that looks and sounds good, and provides some reasonable entertainment. We were a little disappointed that triggering the feature seemed so hard when we played it, though we did pick up plenty of conventional wins on the reels. The Reactions feature also provided plenty of wins on a regular basis.
So this Bonanza slot review will conclude by saying that we recommend that you try this game for yourself. If you like mining-themed games then you might also want to try Gold Rush by Pragmatic Play, or Diamond Mine from Blueprint Gaming.