Star Clusters: MegaClusters

by Big Time Gaming
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Game features
Big Time Gaming
June 2020
Bet Size
€0.2 - 20
Max Win
Cluster Pays, Collapsing Reels, Collect Symbols, Expanding Reels, Extra Spins, Free Spins, Increasing Multiplier, Multiplier, Wild

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Pros and cons
  • Designed as a rival to Starburst
  • First appearance of BTG’s MegaClusters engine
  • Win up to 23,000x your stake
  • Very similar to other slots

Star Clusters: MegaClusters Slot Review

As the originator of the MegaWays slot, there are ample titles for you to play in Big Time Gaming’s range. Star Clusters: MegaClusters is BTG’s attempt to build on the MegaWays engine, though. In fact, they are even claiming that the MegaClusters engine is the latest step in MegaWays’ evolution.

Star Clusters: MegaClusters will be familiar to anybody who has played a MegaWays slot before, but also those who have tried NetEnt’s Starburst, as this game has a lot in common with both. As NetEnt is the creator of the Cluster Pays engine (which Starburst does not have), you could even speculate that BTG has tried to combine yet another element into this release.

Ultimately, this mixture of MegaWays, Cluster Pays and Starburst-style themes makes Star Clusters: MegaClusters a very appetising game to play. It combines elements of many much-loved slot styles and engines and weaves them into one. Whether the engine will catch on in the same way that MegaWays has remains to be seen.

How to Play Star Clusters: MegaClusters

Big Time Gaming uses its classical mobile-friendly betting options down the right-hand side of the screen. That is where the similarities in design with MegaWays slot interfaces end. You kick things off with a 4×4 grid of symbols. 

As this is a Cluster Pays game, there are no paylines to speak of. Instead, wins occur when you group together five identical symbols either vertically or horizontally across the grid. However, when the MegaClusters mechanic occurs, you can expect each winning symbol to break down into four smaller ones, potentially giving you an 8×8 grid. This feature is the norm in the game’s free spin round and can rise to 16×16 later in that feature.

Of course, this a highly volatile game, but the above-average RTP rate of 96.54% ensures fair play. With a spot of luck, you win up to 1,300x your bet in the base game and 23,000x your bet in the free spin feature.

Throw in affordable bets ranging from 0.20 up to 20.00 a spin, and this is an appealing game to play. 

Aside from the gemstone symbols (of which there are many), there are also special symbols in the game. They include:

  • Wild – There are two wild symbols – a standard one and a golden one. Standard wilds do what they say on the tin. However, when golden ones are used in a cluster, they can add uncapped multipliers (starting at 1x) to wins with no limit. The more wins that they star in, the higher the multiplier can rise unless you lose.

Game Rules

Star Clusters: MegaClusters Slot Features

One of the principal bonuses in Star Clusters: MegaClusters is the mechanic associated with the game’s title – MegaClusters. This kicks into gear when a winning combo occurs. It will break down the winning icons into four smaller ones. This increased the number of “tiles” on the reels, up to 8×8 in size in all.

Those winning symbols are then removed, and new ones take their place until no new ones are formed. This is, in many ways, much like a MegaWays title. However, the free spin bonus is where the real originality is to be had.

Free Spins

The only way to trigger this bonus is to land five or more consecutive winning spins. You will get two free spins here, and an additional spin for every win over the five consecutive ones. Any multiplier you have accumulated with golden wild wins will also be carried over.

This bonus is played on an 8×8 grid of 64 tiles. However, the win feature is in play here, too, so it is possible to expand the grid to 16×16, or 256 tiles. When you land wins with a golden wild multiplier of 10x or more here, two additional spins are added to your tally. There is not a cap on how many extra spins you can win here.

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