Win-all-ways slots explained

Since 2018, many slots have increased the number of paylines (bet lines or win ways) thanks to the win-all-ways mechanic (win-all-ways feature).

The more traditional slots (with a typical 5-reel, 3-row set-up) have 10, 20, or 25 (fixed) paylines. On some occasions, these increase to 30, 40, or even 50 paylines.

Options to blow up the win potential of these slots are (in most cases) limited, though.

Slot providers developed mechanics and features to make slots more volatile as players sought more variance.

That led to the emergence of win-all-ways and Megaways slots.

Below, you will see an explanation of how these slots work.

Slots with 243 ways to win

Below you see an example of a win-all-ways slot with 243 ways to win (calculated as 3x3x3x3x3).

These slots have 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols.

Netent’s Twin Spin is an example of  243 ways to win in action.

If you land a full screen of identical symbols, you benefit from 243 win-ways.


Slots with 4,096 ways to win

Many providers sought more volatile slots, and one way to do it was to introduce slots with more win ways and, therefore, more reels and more rows.

Big Time Gaming’s Danger High Voltage is an excellent example of an online slot with 6 reels and 4 rows of symbols, leading to  4,096 (4x4x4x4x4x4=4,096) win ways.

Win-all-ways slot with different (but fixed) reel sizes

Providers developed ways to get more variation by introducing slots with reels with a different number of symbols. Pragmatic Play’s Drago – Jewels of Fortune is an excellent example.

Reels 1 and 5 have five symbols, but reels 2,3 and 4 have four symbols. It leads to 1,600 (5x4x4x4x5=1,600) win-ways.

Win-all-ways with random reel sizes

Nowadays, we see more slots with reel sizes with a random number of rows. Megaways slots (see below) are a perfect example of the phenomenon.

Reel enhancers sometimes add extra symbols to the reels to make things even more enjoyable.

Many Nolimit City slots, for example, use these features such as the xWays, the Infectious xWays, and the xSplit.

The main advantage of these features is that they get you more symbols per reel and, therefore, more ways to win.

The minimum number of win ways is fixed, but the maximum number of win-ways can quickly expand to tens of thousands.

Below you have an example of Nolimit City’s slot, Mental.

Most Megaways slots have up to 117,649 ways to win

Since 2018-2019, Megaways slots have become increasingly popular.

Most of these slots have 6 reels, where each reel has a random number of symbols (usually between 2 and 7 symbols).

In case all the reels have a maximum number of 7 symbols, you’re talking about 117,649 ways to win (7x7x7x7x7x7=117,649), as you can see in the illustration of Big Time Gaming’s Monopoly Megaways.

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