At Vegas Online Slots, we come across a huge number of new online slots every day, without an exception. The process, at times, is bound to make us feel as if we are seeing the same slot over and over again. Add to this the awesomeness of graphics, intricacy of storylines and coolness of features that modern animation/CGI techniques have brought to pretty much all new releases, and the whole deal can get a handful, even for us!
But then, we come across slots like Monster Mania – by Microgaming none less – that remind us of what slot gaming exactly stands for, and what is it that makes millions of people all over the world avid slot-lovers. These are the slots that we truly look forward to reviewing, just for their retro-cool vibe and minimalistic joys, if not for anything else!
Monster Mania: Will It Ever Get Old?
We don’t think so! Having been around since forever (nobody really knows), this particular slot exhibits ALL the things that made Microgaming such a big slot-arena ruler that it is today. Tardy graphics, annoying sound effects and a very insulting penchant to take players’ intelligence hostage notwithstanding, the subtle edge of nostalgia that Monster Mania holds is in itself good enough for you to try this at least once – yes, even in 2016!
Another important point – however of a disconnect it may appear to be in these times – is that Monster Mania, unlike almost all online-only slots of the present day, manages to evoke the old school charm of land-based slots characterized by beeps, triggers, thrashes, clinking and buzzing.
It would only be a matter of insensitivity to not like, if not admire, the crazy shenanigans of not-so-scary monsters of earth, seas and air…
Once Upon A Time…
If Monster Mania had a storyline of its own, it would go off something like this. And it would surely be one of the most ambitious stories ever told, because it’s not very common for the Loch Ness monster, dragons, giant T-rex and alien-looking hybrids to come together with a benign bunch of assorted fruits to forge a gripping tale (don’t expect us to explain!).
The slot structure is the only part of olden slots that seems to have survived the test of time (this one is a 5 reel slot with 3 rows and 9 paylines).
Nine paylines may not offer enough ways of winning, especially if one is to juxtapose this structure to some other slots where as many as 50 paylines exists, but they are just about enough to recover one’s wagers, if things turn out well enough.
Wagering Your Way In
A word of warning for those who want every slot to pay out a cool million dollars: Monster Mania is NOT for you!
With coin value bracketed between 25 cents and $2, you can already say goodbye to the hopes of winning thousands of dollars off these cute little monsters – this is very much a low limit slot game. On a spin-by-spin basis, you can wager anywhere between $2.25 and $18, with options of partial wagering (split-wagering on multiple paylines) slightly improving odds in your favour.
So, in essence, the best case scenario for you to make the most of Monster Mania, just with the help of regular symbols, is to somehow get to a collection of combinations that will allow you to gain the max x2,000 multiplication, easing your way through to a cool $3,600!
Love Me Some Wild
Even though $3,600 for $18 wagers may sound too good to be true, things start to look up with a lot of vigour once we get to the special symbols of Monster Mania.
The only wild symbol here is, quite predictably, the Monster Mania game logo itself. It plays the standard role of being an all-substitute, allowing you to complete those frustrating almost-there combos.
Quite curiously, it appears on non-terminal reels (2, 3 and 4 – good for us!).
One Last Temptation
If you think the whole deal with Monster Mania is just not for you, a scatter symbol – the face of a scatterbrain itself – can tempt you back to playing (and winning, we hope) ways.
This scatter is not stacked and can help you win as many as 100 free spins, depending upon its combinations.
That’s pretty much it about Monster Mania. We certainly would have liked to see at least one bonus round here, but it is what it is, isn’t it?
The slot is very good to try your hand at, if you aren’t too sure about how slots play out and are looking to try your 1st real money slots. It pays out decently and is good fun to kill a spare hour or two, given that you can stand an onslaught of cuteness!
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