Monopoly Big Event is a big bet game – the clue’s in the name. Barcrest’s slots that are equipped with this feature have two modes: standard play and the big bet game. Naturally, the latter costs more per spin, but it also comes bearing bigger prizes. The game features 20 lines, with a stake per line ranging from 0.01 to 25, resulting in a maximum stake of 500 per spin. The controls for adjusting the stake are prominently placed to the left of the reels.
To the right of the reels lie another 3 buttons that loom equally large: Help, Play Big Bet and Spin. There’s no autospin, but there are two other buttons at your disposal, both situated left of the reels; the ‘i’ button will open a text-based popup window which contains a playing guide, while the hamburger menu icon alongside it opens to reveal audio controls. There’s not much in terms of audio to contend with; just a few generic clicks as the reels do their thing.
In the standard game – and the big bet game for that matter – wins are awarded for 3, 4 and 5 matching symbols on a line. Playing card symbols occupy the bottom spots, with the playing pieces next in the pecking order; 5 boats are worth 1,000, whereas 5 cars only command 500. Top of the heap is the Monopoly man, who’s worth 2,000 for 5. That’s the same value assigned to 5 wild symbols.
Wild will substitute for any of the playing symbols except for Big Monopoly Event and In Jail. In the standard game, the RTP is 96%. If that seems respectable, just wait will you enter the big bet game, when the RTP – assuming you’re following the best possible strategy – rises to a formidable 99%. Big bet is where it’s at.
Click the purple button to play big bet and you’ll be given 2 options: the 20 credit game or the 30 credit game. The former comes with a win multiplier which multiplies all wins generated during the 5 spins at the end. The 30 credit game will instead give the option of the bonus wheel, where you will be offered persisting wilds, 5 epic spins or a progressive multiplier. The bonus wheel spins before so much as a reel has rolled, meaning you’ll know from the get-go what prize lies in wait – assuming you win anything in the 5 spins that follow.
The other way to scoop big bucks in this game is by landing 3x Big Event symbols. Go one better and 4x will grant you all that plus a house sneak preview and 5x will provide a hotel sneak preview. At this stage, community chest and chance cards will be drawn to determine any bonuses that you’ve won. With wilds and dancing wilds thrown into the mix, plus In Jail symbol, which eliminates the lowest paying symbol, there’s all manner of adventures to be had.
Monopoly Big Event crams a lot of action and all kinds of features into 5 reels and 20 paylines. If you love Monopoly, you’ll love this inventive slot from Barcrest.