Join Rich Uncle Pennybags in Monopoly On The Money, another video slot to be based on the world’s most famous board game. This 5 reel, 10 payline game from Barcrest comes with a bonus round that awards up to 50 free spins with stake multipliers. Up your stakes and play in Big Bet mode to bring sticky wilds, expanded reels and other extras into play. Stakes start at 10p, rising to £500 per spin.
Monopoly On The Money isn’t as complicated as previous Monopoly-themed games and is all the better for it. This has the feel of a proper video slot rather than a social game hybrid. The design is simple but rather classy. The red reels feature the usual lower value playing cards as well as tokens of the dog, cat and top hat. Most lucrative is the Monopoly On The Money logo which pays 20 times your total stake if you land 5 on a line in the base game.
The main bonus offering is the Free Spins feature which is triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 of the Go scatter. Your reward will be 8, 20 or 50 free spins. Joining the action here is the Mr Monopoly symbol – he offers awards of up to 25 times your stake and also collects the stake multipliers that can hit during the feature and send payouts rocketing.
This being a Barcrest video slot, you’ll be given the chance to play in Big Bet Mode. This series of 5 linked spins will set you back £20, £30, £40 or £50 – in return you’ll get a selection of the extras below. The higher the Big Bet stakes, the more extras are added:
- Scatters become into sticky wilds
- Red Hot Respin feature awards a respin if you land 2 scatters giving you another chance to land the free spins. When you do hit the free spins, you’ll be offered a Chance Card Bonus feature which awards an instant prize, more free spins or a game over.
- House Extension feature which expands the reels by one position.
- Hotel Extension feature which expands the reels by 2 positions.
The Return to Player percentages improve the higher the stakes you play. Under £2 per spin and it’s 94%. Over £2 and it’s 96%. In Big Bet Mode it’s 98%.
We found the complex gameplay in some of the other video slots in the Monopoly series a little underwhelming. The simplicity of Monopoly On The Money is much more appealing. The best action comes via the free spins round where the stake multipliers can quickly have an impact. The Big Bet mode offers the best potential. It’s not a cheap option though so control your bankroll accordingly.
If you’re a fan of the board game but don’t fancy the inevitable rows that accompany it then Monopoly On The Money is a decent enough alternative. I would still rather play the volatile Epic Monopoly II from sister company WMS which uses the superb Colossal Reels engine.