What are Megaclusters slots and how do they work?
If you've kept your finger on the pulse of the iGaming world then you may well have noticed the launch of a brand new online slot mechanic in 2020 known as Megaclusters.
This groundbreaking new online slot mechanic follows in the footsteps of its predecessor Megaways, and is dramatically different to anything you might well have come across before.
Who Created Megaclusters slots?
There's a lot of hope amongst online slot enthusiasts such as ourselves that Megaclusters lives up to the hype, and that it's embraced just as well as the Megaways mechanic was by the slot community back in 2016 when they were first released.
Whether or not this becomes a reality yet remains to be seen, but with Big Time Gaming falling into the hands of Evolution, it seems the future could well be bright.
How do Megaclusters slots work?
Megaclusters slots are incredibly similar to cluster pays slots in both the way the game is designed and the way that winning combinations are formed. In a standard cluster pays slot winning combinations are formed when a number of matching symbols (usually 5 or more) land on the game grid together at the same time, these are then removed and new symbols come into play.
In a Megaclusters slot exactly the same logic applies, however, when a winning cluster lands on the grid winning symbols then break down into smaller symbols.
In breaking down symbols into smaller ones the overall game grid grows in size to accommodate them, thus unlocking an increased number of ways to win for the next spin, if the spin is successful then the symbols will break down even further, if the spin is unsuccessful then the slot resets back to its original state.
On the face of things, Megaclusters look quite daunting and somewhat confusing, but in reality, the format is actually pretty simple, especially in the early stages of the game! Watching the grid grow following each successful spin, it's very easy to visualise more and more ways to win opening up.
What bonus features do Megaclusters slots have?
Like Megaways slots, these games come jam-packed with innovative bonus features and mechanics aside from the obvious Megaclusters function.
Two of three original Megaclusters releases rely heavily on special wild symbols that can substitute for all symbols on the game grid. Some of these wild symbols roam around the grid on each and every spin, others come with increasing multipliers.
Naturally, a free spins feature appears in all of the Megaclusters slots! These free spins are played on a larger game grid than normal and can be re-triggered. It's this feature that allows players to win the maximum amount of cash each slot pays out.
What are the best Megaclusters slots?
At the time of writing this article there are only three Megaclusters slots for players to get stuck into, Star Clusters Megaclusters, Cyberslot Megaclusters and Kluster Krystals Megaclusters, below you'll find a rundown of all three of these popular online slots.
Star Clusters Megclusters
The very Megaclusters slot to be released by Big Time Gaming was Star Clusters Mega Clusters, a generic space-themed slot with a game grid that starts out at a size of 4x4 and can grow a maximum size of 16x16 during the bonus feature. This medium/high volatility slot has an RTP of 96.54% and can see players win 23,960x their stake.
The second game in the Megaclusters series is Cyberslot Megaclusters, this is another space-themed slot with a game grid that starts out at 3x3 and can grow to a maximum size of 9x9 during the bonus feature. This high volatility slot has an RTP of 96.28% and can see players win 28,200x their stake.
Kluster Krystals Megaclusters
The third game in the Megaclusters series is Kluster Krystals Megaclusters, this is a tiki-themed slot (with a bit of a space-age twist) that's a little bit different to the others.
The game grid always stays the same size, however, when winning clusters are registered symbols (that are broken down into four) physically grow in size as a segment of the quarter is added. This high volatility slot has an RTP of 96.49% and can see players win 5,000x their stake.