A Sensational Sequel
Epic Monopoly II, released in February 2016, is one in a long line of WMS Monopoly slots, including Monopoly Once Around Deluxe, Super Monopoly Money and Monopoly Big Event. The game uses the Colossal Reels engine, the same as can be found in other popular slots like Giant’s Gold and Hercules Mythical Warrior.
Colossal Reels are known to dramatically increase your chances of winning, and you’ll certainly be praising the function if you’re able to walk away a winner. Incidentally, the coin range in this game goes from 0.50 to 250. 0.01 accounts for two pay-lines, so a humble bet of 0.50 puts all 100 in play.
The game can be played on desktop, as well as on all major tablets and smartphone devices. The return-to-player average is 96.1%, a major upgrade on the Monopoly Once Around Deluxe machine.
Playing the Board
Epic Monopoly II isn’t the easiest casino game to get to grips with – there’s a heck of a lot going on – but it should come quickly to dab hands of the regular Monopoly board game. The symbols, including stainless steel battleships, cars and top hats, will be familiar, and you can keep tabs on your balance, total bet and win amounts at the bottom of the screen. The base game is fun, especially because epic wilds can fill entire reels, but it’s during bonus rounds that you’re likely to earn the most dough.
Watch out for the transferring wild reel stacks from the main reel onto the Colossal sets, and also for the scatter symbols; thanks to the split-screen, up to six scatter triggers are possible, which can grant a 100x win and trigger the primary bonus round. The Wheel Bonus feature lets you spin the big wheel to win cash pay-outs, free spins, multipliers and rolls of the dice. To activate the Wheel Bonus, all you need to do is land three or more Bonus symbols on reels one, three and five across both reel grids. Four scatters grant you 10x your stake, five gives you 50x your stake and six yields 100x your stake.
The free spins feature, meanwhile, gives you up to 20 free spins when you land three or more scatter symbols.
The final bonus is the aforementioned Around the Board feature. This is where you get to pilot your totem across the classic Monopoly board, winning cash prizes as you go. If you’re lucky, you can travel round the Monopoly board several times in a single bonus. During your trip, you’ll be looking to land Mr Monopoly to win a prize. Cash prizes go up to 1,500x your bet-per-two-lines and the feature ends when you have no more rolls of the dice left.
Old Meets New
Epic Monopoly II offers a good balance between board game and slot game. The bonuses come thick and fast, the pay-outs are good and the Colossal Reels format adds a little spice to the mix. If you’re on the hunt for something a little different, and feel two reel grids are better than one, you’re sure to have a blast playing Epic Monopoly II.