Monopoly Big Event
If you’re looking for some of the biggest wins out there on the web, then go for the sensational Monopoly Big Event online slot machine.
- Superb base game gives you a choice of two bet types from the start
- Select progressive multiplier bet or spin the wheel for one of three
- Excellent reel game gives you a chance to hit the big wins
- Stop in three scatters for a chance to land up in the free spin round
- Second screen sub game gives you a chance to choose spins and wilds
- Take the bonus for a ride and see if you can hit those guaranteed wins
Monopoly Big Event is one of those games where you can have a great time on the reels with a single spin or take home the big money from the bonus game. The one thing that die hard Monopoly fans might miss from this is a board based bonus round, which has been a staple of all gambling games spawned from this genre since the JPM quiz machines and slots did the rounds in the pubs in the 1990s.
The graphics on Monopoly Big Event feature bright and clearly drawn icons that take in most of the well-known Monopoly symbols and motifs and blast them out over the reels. Other than this there is quite a smooth, casino style background that gives the entire production a nice wash of 1950s style opulence with a dash of decadence thrown in for good measure. You can say what you like about WMS, but they do have the formula down for making slots that have the right visual balance and big money feeling.
Sound-wise there is a classic club theme that underpins all the sonics in Monopoly Big Event. This is reminiscent of the audio you’ll find in Mega Fortune and Microgaming’s Playboy and is a snapshot of the slot machine trends of 2015, when this game was released. There are snatches of big band audio that gives you the powerful pomp that’s often associated with the brand together with all the little audio touches that underline the action on the reels.
The base game on Monopoly Big Event is quite interesting. At first the twenty pay-line structure and five reel set up looks like a normal slot machine. Then you’ll find out there is a dual bet structure that gives you the choice of either setting up a standard bet where you simply let the reels spin or you can elect to go for a specialist bet. These give you the option to take a progressive multiplier spin that sequentially raises the payback of each spin from 1x to 5x or take another kind of bonus bet where you win one of three random types of feature, including the progressive multiplier alongside a guaranteed 5x payout on every win and a the persisting wild.
If you can manage to get into the bonus game by stopping in three or more scatters anywhere in view then you’ll be taken to a second screen sub-game. Here you have to pick property cards to discover the amount of spins you’ll be tucking under your belt together with the different wild types on offer. It’s then over to the second set of reels where you get to take your various free spins and guaranteed wins, with a view to hitting those big money prizes. Off you go and let it roll.
Slot Professor Says
Seriously. I’m underwhelmed. I know I am supposed to like this online slot machine but I don’t. For me Monopoly Big Event doesn’t cut the mustard. OK, there are a bunch of clever features and the extended bet is a nice idea, but nothing that hasn’t been done before in a better fashion by games like Merlin’s Millions and Merlin’s Magic Respins. Have WMS and Barcrest truly taken this franchise to the limit or are we looking at a wasted opportunity?
Part of the problem is that I cannot look at the Big Event outside of the IGT games that came before it. Monopoly Here & Now was one of my favourite slots of all time and Monopoly Plus gave players a chance to dance with the unique Level Up Plus features, both of which offered a truly remarkable game play experience. Whilst this new title does have a few tricks up its sleeve, that is ultimately all these features are – side lines, but not a main event.
Sure there are some interesting takes on the free spin round, but with the big bet feature, why is one of the spin options the same as the progressive multiplier option? It doesn’t really work. And whilst you can land in some big prizes with the persisting wild and the big bet, these seem to only roll their way in on a very rare occasion. You can’t always get what you want, as the Rolling Stones once wrote, but in this case it would seem that you’re not getting any of it.