Updated: 26th Aug 2021
Break Da Bank Again Megaways is the latest instalment in Microgaming’s celebrated series and our slot of the month for August. Designed by Microgaming’s development partner Gameburger Studios, the game is powered by BGT’s famed mechanic and includes rolling reels, multiplier wilds and an extremely generous hot mode free spins round with progressive win multipliers.
As far as appearances are concerned, the developers have stayed loyal to BDBAM’s popular predecessors – the game looks like it was designed in the mid-2020s. The reels, set in a Bank of England-styled marble facade, are decorated with the same playing card symbols, albeit with updated medium to high value symbols. In the background is the faded rendering of a cash-strewn bank vault. During certain features such as ‘hot mode’, the reels catch fire and the scene changes to a gold vault.
Nonetheless, there’s nothing too extravagant about Break da Bank Again Megaways in the looks department. But then Microgaming slots aren’t really known for their flashy visuals. It’s the same for the soundtrack for the most part – during the base game a plodding but inoffensive bass track accompanies play, picking up pace for the special features.
The base game is a typical Megaways ‘caper’ so to speak. Wins are possible by landing groups of three, four, five or six symbols on adjacent reels. An extra reel sits above the main set which adds symbols to reels two, three, four and five. Of the standard symbols, the low value playing card letters, Q, K and A are the most rewarding, paying out 1x, 1x and 1.5x your stake respectively. This is provided that you land them in combinations of six.
Medium to high value symbols include a stack of coins (2x your stake), a cheque (2.5x), cash wads (3x), gold bars (4x) and a purple gemstone (15x). Also in play is a wild that substitutes other symbols to help from winning combinations while also delivering a 5x multiplier boost. However, the wild only appears in the extra reel during the base game. A bank vault serves as the scatter which unlocks the free spins round.
The base game features the Rolling Reels mechanic in which winning symbols are removed from the reels to be replaced with new ones. As usual, this process carries on until it’s not possible to form winning combinations.
The free spins feature is activated by landing three or four scatter symbols. You’ll then receive a payout that’s double your spin stake as well as 10 or 15 free spins – this will depend on whether you triggered the feature with three or four scatters.
A non-resetting progressive multiplier is attached to each free spin which increases by one for every Rolling Reels win. If you land four scatters during the base game, you’ve got the chance of gaining access to the Hot Mode Free Spins Bonus Round. This is where it’s possible to land some serious pay-outs given that the progressive multiplier starts at x20.
There’s no doubt the BDBAM is going to satisfy fans of the other Break Da Bank games. We assume that the jaded-looking presentation was a deliberate ploy by Microgaming’s winged monkeys (sorry independent developers) Gameburger Studios to keep things as familiar as possible for fans of the series. The base game is certainly reminiscent of the other games, even with the Megaways engine and isn’t exactly brimming with features. Thank goodness for the Hot Mode Free Spins round then, with its 20x starting multiplier.
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