Royal Mint Slot
Royal Mint Megaways™ is Big Time Gaming’s first release of the year, scheduled to go live in February 2020. It’s always an occasion when BTG releases a new slot, especially when it contains their patented Megaways™ engine. For their latest big variance, big money slot they have chosen the rather apt theme of the Royal Mint. Where better to make money than an establishment built with the express purpose of literally making money?
The world-famous Royal Mint has been in operation for over 1,100 years, with an exclusive contract to produce all the UK’s coinage. The Royal Mint also produces commemorative coins, medals, and precious metal bullions sold in over 60 countries, accounting for some 70% of its total sales.
For over 150 years the Royal Mint was situated in a grand building at Royal Mint Court in Tower Hill, close to the City of London financial district. This is the building recreated as the centrepiece for BTG's latest slot, although in reality, the Royal Mint relocated in the late 1960’s to South Wales where it has been ever since. The building used as inspiration for this slot is now, in fact, owned by the People’s Republic of China and is used as their London Embassy.
Now we’re done with the history lesson, let's get back to the numbers. Royal Mint Megaways™ is a 6 reel slot which can give up to 117,649 ways to win on each spin. This slot also features BTG's Triple Reaction™ mechanic which adds two horizontal reels, one above and one below reels 2-5. Although we’re used to seeing a horizontal reel in Megaways™ slots such as Bonanza, or Extra Chili, this is the first time we’ve seen Triple Reaction™ used alongside this engine. Triple Reaction’s only previous outing can be found as part of last May’s Opal Fruits slot. The immediate effect the dual horizontal reels have on proceedings is to increase the minimum number of Megaways™ to 1,024. This is a result of the minimum number of symbols on reels 2-5 increasing from 3 to 4. They also come in useful in providing additional outlets for wild and scatter symbols, more of which later.
Royal Mint Megaways is a highly volatile beast capable of delivering big wins in excess of 10,000x the bet size. The biggest wins derive from a free spins round with unlimited and increasing win multipliers. This slot also enjoys another of BTG’s patented features, Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins – basically free spins on rocket fuel!
Royal Mint Megaways™ comes with an RTP of 96.48% and can be played from €0.10 to €20 a spin.
Design & Symbols
The action takes place at the entrance to the game’s Royal Mint building which doubles as the gameboard. The reel set is framed on either side by white stone pillars supporting a broad central pediment above. Windows and columns with Doric order complete the visible part of the Mint building, in front of which cherry blossom trees bloom on a manicured lawn. The two horizontal reels appear to travel along a visible conveyor belt driven by internal cogs. All the symbols sit on blocks of white marble.
Low value symbols are the standard card values 9-A. High value symbols are green, blue, red, and purple gems. The paytable mirrors that of BTG's most popular Megaways™ slot, Bonanza, with the purple gem the most valuable, paying 50x the bet size for 6 symbols on adjacent reels. The wild (which only appear on the two horizontal reels) is a disc of multicoloured gems, and the scatter are gold ingots with the letters, M, I, N, and T on them.
In the free spins round the action moves to a giant golden vault within the Royal Mint. Also, the “MINT” scatters are replaced with rows of gold bars.
- Cascading Symbols with Reaction Wins
- Free Spins with Unlimited Win Multipliers
- Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins
Cascading Symbols with Reaction Wins
When a win lands, the symbols making up the win disappear and new symbols cascade into their place. Reaction wins occur when the cascade results in a further win. A non-winning cascade ends the reaction and that spin. Cascading symbols with reaction wins appear in both the base game and free spins round.
Free Spins with Unlimited Win Multipliers
4 scatter symbols spelling out the word “MINT” awards 12 free spins. For every scatter above 4, a further 4 additional free spins are awarded. 3 scatters during free spins awards another 4 spins with 4 more spins added for any scatters above 3 landing on the same spin. Scatters only land on the horizonal reels during free spins. Every winning cascade during free spins adds a 1x win multiplier to the progressive and unlimited win multiplier meter. The multiplier value does not reset during free spins.
Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins
Dedicated players are given the opportunity to work towards a free spins round with increased win multipliers, otherwise known as Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins. Each time you land 3 scatters but fail to land a 4th to trigger free spins, you are awarded a gold bar. These gold bars stack up in two columns either side of the reels. 40 gold bars triggers the path to the enhanced free spins as an extra scatter symbol is added in every spin until the next feature trigger. With a guaranteed scatter on the board which sits outside the reels, you only need to land 3 scatters to trigger the enhanced free spins. Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins start with a 2x win multiplier and every reaction win thereafter adds another 2x to the multiplier value.
Our Thoughts on Royal Mint Megaways™
"As with all latest BTG releases, this one is no different. It will take time and patience to reach the potential. With that being said, we wonder how players will accept it. Is it worth time and money to chase the feature? You decide."
Royal Mint Megaways™ is a fine addition to the BTG portfolio. Not only is it hugely volatile with huge potential, but it also boasts a full complement of BTG innovations. Royal Mint not only keeps in the always-popular free spins with unlimited win multipliers, but it also incorporates the Triple Reaction™ and Heartstopper™ Enhanced features previously seen in non-Megaways™ slots.
Beware though, the Heartstopper™ Enhanced Free Spins take a LOT of work to activate, certainly a lot more than the equivalent feature in L’il Devil. However, if you look at this as a bonus for loyal and consistent play rather than something to necessarily working towards then when you finally activate it then you’re likely in for a treat!
There may not be anything brand new about this slot, but with so many of their own unique innovations working together, BTG can be proud of this slot.