Now coming up to its third year of being on the market, Bonanza from Big Time Gaming is still keeping plenty of players occupied with its old-country design that sees the players hunting for real gold on a virtual mine. However, what really has meant it has stood the test of time is its use of the Megaways game engine, which can see the 6 reels offer anything between 2 and 7 symbols. Thus, changing the number of ways a player can win with each spin and providing fast-paced gameplay.
Big Time Gaming releases a new slot roughly once every two months. That’s not bad at all, considering that the studio seems to have a fairly small team. Its reach, however, is much, much bigger.
Thanks to its collaboration with Quickfire, Big Time Gaming titles can be found at most Microgaming casinos, and we all know that those are a dime a dozen.
Why play Big Time Gaming games?
Back in 2011, three guys got together to build a game development company. But there weren’t your average dudes with a dream. Nik Robinson, Huw McIntosh and Ian Schmidt, the CEO, CTO and creative director of Big Time Gaming, respectively, have decades of industry experience between them. They count among their previous projects New Tech Media and the gaming behemoth Rockstar Games.
BTG is based in Australia, which isn’t really known for its game development industry. Which is probably why Big Time Gaming seemed to come out of nowhere when it swooped in to change the face of online slots.
Before the breakthrough slot Bonanza, max wins of x20,000 or more on slots that were not jackpots were practically unheard of. High variance slots were experiencing a lot of interest but for big wins, players had to head to the jackpot sections at online casinos.
Overnight, Bonanza became a hit and if we listen carefully, we can still hear the faint remnants of the slot’s banjo soundtrack echoing in the distant recesses of our minds.
When most players think of BTG, they think of high volatility/high potential slots. Its Megaways series of games are probably its most well known.
The studio also produces games that feel like they have been built with care, unlike some developers who seem to simply put new skins on existing games. This also explains why Big Time Gaming only releases a limited number of slots a year but they are clearly worth the wait.
With that hand-built feel come high quality visual and sound elements that really tie the experience together. With that high volatility comes gameplay that can prove frustrating at times and BTG games have a bit of a reputation for making players wait ages before free spins are triggered.
These games are not for the faint-hearted nor the impatient but if given enough time, they can reward big time (see what we did there?).
Big Time Gaming slots and video slots
Video slots are what Big Time Gaming do best. At the minute, there are about 30 slot games available to play. These include a diverse range of themes, from the depths of the jungle to the thrill of the football pitch.
Big Time are probably known best as the guys who developed the MegaWays feature, along with Unlimited Multiplier, Feature Drop and Dual Reaction mechanisms. These help to create a unique and engaging player experience, which perhaps goes a long way in taking the sting out of those high volatility dry spells.
Big Time Gaming jackpot games
There were two progressive jackpot games available from Big Time Gaming – Feathered Frenzy and Mr Multiplier – but those are no longer available to play. We don’t know what the future holds though and given that this is Big Time Gaming we are talking about, everything is possible.
Big Time Gaming has specialised in slot games and does not offer many table games. We can see one blackjack title and three roulette titles available.
BTG has left live casino to other developers so it could do what it does best i.e. develop ground-breaking slots that keep players coming back. It has however branched out into slots and games for government lotteries, which goes to show how trusted this studio is.
Best Big Time Gaming slots
The Big Time Gaming library may not be expansive (yet) but it’s big enough that we found it hard to pick our favourites from what is on offer. But we’re nothing if not dedicated and we chose our top three games from this plucky game developer.
Danger High Voltage
This unique masterpiece brings together electrifying visuals, an exciting reel set and a hefty dose of ‘70s disco – what’s not to love?!
There are 4,096 ways to win on this slot, which feature 6 reels and some of the grooviest tunes playing in the background, inspired by the Electric Six song of the same name.
There two types of Wilds – the standard and the Electric, which comes with an x6 multiplier built in. There’s also a free spins feature, which also comes with Sticky Wilds.
Tweedledee, Tweedledum, the Red Queen and the Cheshire Cat all make an appearance in this slot, inspired by Lewis Caroll’s timeless Alice in Wonderland tale.
These expanding reels have the potential to offer a mind-blowing 248,832 MegaWays and the slot offers players the chance to buy features and up the ante with bigger bets.
The reels can reach a towering 12 symbols in height and the free spins feature starts players off with a generous bundle of 15 spins.
Unearth treasure in the mining-themed Bonanza, which uses Big Time Gaming’s MegaWays game engine. By our reckoning, that creates about 117,649 potential winning combinations.
Be prepared for expanding multipliers, free spins and a large bet range (between 0.20 all the way up to 500). That hillbilly soundtrack adds to the whacky, exciting atmosphere this high volatility game creates.
What does John have to say?
Big Time Gaming took the world by storm when it launched its first game and it continues to deliver unique, creative and detailed games to thrill players around the world.