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Just For The Win
Fixed Pay Lines
Welcome Miners! Grab your torch and pickaxe, Old Smokey has got himself in some ‘Miner’ trouble in Big Boom Riches by Microgaming partner Just For The Win.
Prepare to have your mind blown, as we excavate those TNT wilds, unearth the Rolling Reels Feature and get a little crazy trying to bag ourselves those golden nuggets.
Just For The Win is at it again, this time we have to earn our wins the hard way, so we better start digging!
The title Big Boom Riches doesn’t give you much to go on when considering the theme, although there is a hint in the name you wouldn’t necessarily think it was based around Mining.
However, once you load Big Boom Riches up you are greeted by an ‘Old Timer’ Miner named Old Smokey, with barrels of dynamite in each of the bottom corners.
Looking further into the background, you will notice familiarities in association with Mining, for instance, the wooden Mine track, the barrels of dynamite and the breathtaking scenic views of the American Frontier.
Once the game is loaded up, you are greeted by Old Smokey himself ‘Welcoming Miners’ to his mind-blowing, gold-digging extravaganza.
During gameplay, you will hear a happy go lucky tune played throughout that is very fitting for the overall theme. Sound effects are on point, with the loud ‘Booming’ of TNT exploding and the sharp but swift drops of symbols cascading on the reels.
We’ve seen this style of theme in other slots before, so it’s hard to appreciate the freshness of Big Boom Riches, but where it lacks in originality it certainly makes up for it in other ways.
When choosing a betting option in Big Boom Riches, you will be happy to know they have catered for all players.
If you are more at ease with a lower stake, then Big Boom Riches minimum stake starts at a mere £0.20 per spin, however for those who dare to go big, Big Boom Riches is very accommodating with a maximum stake of £50 per spin. There are a variety of stakes in between, so all players will feel right at home.
As we draw our attention to symbols, Big Boom Riches is generous enough to give us not 1 but 4 highest paying symbols.
Three of these symbols are Wilds, with the fourth being a pink gem. The remaining higher paying symbols are as follows, an orange gem, a green gem and a purple gem.
Lower paying symbols are also present, these consist of Ace, King, Queen and Jack.
Big Boom Riches is a 5 reel slot with 20 fixed pay lines. To form a win, you’ll need at least 3 of any symbol to connect from left to right along any of these lines, starting from the left-most reel.
Big Boom Riches also uses what Just For The Win call a ‘Rolling Reels’ Feature. This means that winning symbols are removed from play, leaving room for new symbols to fall into their place via a cascade.
This gives you the potential to win more than once on a single spin, and this feature will also trigger after landing a TNT Wild.
When TNT Wild or X-Wilds land on the reels, they are removed from play. New symbols will then fall into play via the Rolling Reels Feature, continuing until no more TNT Wild or X-Wilds land. The X-Wild Feature can only be seen in the Free Spins.
Cash Prizes are awarded for landing 3 or more TNT Wilds
Free Spins is the main event in Big Boom Riches, but it also features a Scatter Pay mechanic too.
Landing at least 3 Scatters pays out, and the more you land, the more you win
This is always a nice addition, but you’ll undoubtedly be more interested in what’s to come in the impending Free Spins round.
3 or more Scatters award 9 Free Spins, and Big Boom Riches now features a progressive multiplier.
Extra Scatters award extra spins, and X-Wilds increment the multiplier by +1.
Although very simple, Big Boom Riches is now capable of some absolutely explosive hits thanks to this multiplier. This sort of gameplay will resonate very well with people who prefer a more simplistic approach to gambling, but simplistic doesn’t necessarily mean low potential.
Those outside of the UK can skip all of the chipping away at rocks and just go all-in with the dynamite via a Bonus Buy option.
This Bonus Buy option is reasonably priced compared to other slots, with entry granted for a mere 50x.
Big Boom Riches is extremely entertaining in some ways, yet woefully predictable in others. The gameplay aspects of this slot are very good, and they’re especially appealing if you prefer your slots to be more simple.
Theme-wise, we’ve seen this sort of thing time and time again as a story told through countless slots that came before it.
Despite lacking on the imagination front, you can’t help but appreciate what Just For The Win has created when you look at the potential. 5,000x is the maximum win capabilities of this slot, which is by no means small.
96.06% RTP puts it just over the accepted average, so you shouldn’t find Big Boom Riches too bad in terms of wagering.
Overall, there’s something strangely appealing about Big Boom Riches. It might not be innovation personified, and it might not have some of the extreme volatility and win potential that others do, but what it does have is dependable gameplay that takes you back to a simpler time, and some prefer it that way.