Monopoly: Big Event was the very first Monopoly-themed slot machine game to be launched by Barcrest, once its parent company (Scientific Games) had acquired the rights to Monopoly from under IGT’s nose.
They have developed several Monopoly themed slots with their other companies (such as WMS Gaming and Bally Tech) but it is Barcrest’s Monopoly: Big Event which stands out above the rest.
Look and feel
Anybody who has played Monopoly over the years (so most of us, right?) will be instantly familiar with the imagery which appears on the reels of this Monopoly-themed slot.
Big Event offers up your favourite tokens as decent paying symbols, whilst the high-playing symbols do their job as moderately decent symbols.
Whilst the symbols in this slot go some way to establish the theme, it is the special features where Monopoly: Big Event really comes into its own.
Monopoly: Big Event is played on 5 reels and 20 lines. As is often the case with Barcrest slots, you aren’t going to be able to alter those paylines.
You can, however, alter your total stake per line. Line stakes range from 1p up to £25. This pushes the boundaries of the wagering range from a floor 20 per spin up to a ceiling which is capped at £500 per spin.
Strike it lucky by landing 5 wild symbols on any active payline (or any Mr Moneybags icons, for that matter) and you can hope to walk away with a non progressive jackpot worth 2,000 coins.
Those aforementioned wild symbols appear as purple framed emblems. These can dish out big wins and replace all other symbols barring Monopoly: Big Event logos, and In Jail symbols.
Three of the Monopoly: Big Event bonus symbols will be enough to trigger the bonus, provided they appear on at least the first, third and fifth reels.
However, land two symbols on the fifth reels and you can begin the bonus with the House Sneak Preview bonus, too.
Players will choose Chance and Community Chest cards to land free spins and additional bonuses, whilst the House Sneak Preview bonus allows you to get a sneak peek at what the cards hold.
Some of the bonuses you can in for you free spins round include locking wilds, dancing wilds (random wild reels), and guaranteed wins.
Players can also choose to play with Big Bet mode activated. Like in all Barcrest slots, this bolsters your chance of winning by upping the cost of a bet.
The £20 or £30 games can see you pocket win multipliers (1x-5x) on each winning spin, and either 5x multipliers or locking wilds, respectively.