The Great Pigsby Megapays™ Review

From Relax Gaming

Set in the jazz age and inspired by Fitzgerald’s famous book, The Great Gatsby, this slot is a 6 reeler Megaways™ game with 117,649 paylines and four Megapays™ JPs to play for. Win up to 20,000x (plus progressives) with Wilds, Expanding Wilds, Free Spins, Re-Spins and Symbol Upgrades. Play from 20p per spin with extreme variance on the menu!

OUR RATING:

Score
9.0

Name:  The Great Pigsby Megapays™

Developer:  Relax Gaming

Paylines:  117,649

Reels:  6

Rows:  Up to 7

RTP:  96.19%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  20,000x

Jackpot:  Yes

Release Date:  April 2022

Features:  Wilds, Re-Spins, Expanding Wilds, Transforming Symbols, Free Spins, Megapays™

About This Slot

The Great Pigsby Megapays™, released in April 2022, is a Relax Gaming slot that uses Big Time Gaming’s Megaways™ and Megapays™ features to give you 117,649 paylines in one game with expanding reels plus the chance to play for one of FOUR progressive jackpots, including the huge Mega Jackpot, seeded at £300,000.

This slot is a re-working of the original Pigsby game, retaining much of the original features and bolting on the Megapays™ JPs. The theme is based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a book set in the art deco and jazz age of the 1930s, and a comment on chasing wealth and dreams, and generally being decadent and debauched. In place of the hero Gatsby, is our new hero Pigsby, beverage in hand, much like Leonardo di Caprio in the movie version of the book.

The action takes place on an expansive 6 reel grid with a huge mansion in the background, home to Pigsby and the setting for much late night partying.  The Free Spins round takes us inside to view the interior and a giant sweeping staircase. It’s an impressive site, beautifully rendered by Relax’s design team.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

No one said it would be easy … and it won’t be! This is another towering maths model from Relax / Big Time Gaming. Entrance to Pigsby’s world is by invitation only. Here are the key stats from the game sheet:

  • RTP on The Great Pigsby Megapays™ is 96.19%
  • The variance is rated 5/5 by Relax Gaming
  • The top win (excluding the JPs) is 20,000x.
  • In this instance, Relax have provided the hit frequency too- that is the odds of a winning spin. They are 27.42% which is slightly better than 1 in 4.
  • Spins are from 20p per play.

Symbols and Graphics

Decadent and luxuriant, The Great Pigsby opulence is carried over onto the symbols on the reel set. The values aren’t that high for symbols but keep in mind that wilds and symbol upgrades can improve your odds in the features.

  • The Great Pigsby Megapays™ plays out on 6 reels with between 2 and 7 rows each, giving you the 117,649 paylines we know from Megaways™.
  • Wins are triggered by three or more identical symbols appearing on adjacent reels, regardless of which row, from left to right starting with reel 1.
  • Low paying symbols are the cards, 10 through to Ace, with values of up to 0.4x for six on a line.
  • Premiums are represented by the lavish icons of excess like cigars, whisky, tiaras, lady piggys, gramophones, and piggy himself. These are worth up to 3x for six on a payline.
  • Wilds are key to success here. They expand and carry multipliers EVERY timet they land AND they are collected in a meter to release features as explained below.

What We Like

  Superb graphics and luxurious backdrop
  Wilds collect to unlock features
  Re-Spins retrigger with upgrades
  Massive progressive - £1,000,000 +
  Expanding reels increase paylines

What We Don't Like

  Very volatile and tough to break

Gameplay and Features

Despite the Megaways™ format there are no cascading wins in The Great Pigsby. Instead, the core of the gameplay are Re-Spins, Free Spins and Wilds. Here is how it all works:

Wild Collections

As well as subbing in to fill win lines, Wilds will also be collected in the Piggy Bank above the reel set. They are used to trigger the features described below.

Great Pigsby Re-Spins With Extra Premiums

Pigsby Re-spins come with a paytable enhancement – between 3 and 9 premium symbols will be dropped onto the reels before the spins conclude, increasing your odds of a big win.

Re-Spins with Wild Reels

In this alternative re-spin format, from 2 to 5 of the reels are turned fully wild – that means every row contains a wild. This also improves your odds of winning.

The Great Pigsby Free Spins

Free Spins With Re-Triggers and Symbol Upgrades

The Free Spins round gives you 10 free plays. Look out for scatters at the same time. Each one will get you 2 more spins AND see one of the low payers removed from the reels. For the subsequent spins, that low payer is replaced in the paytable by a premium symbol.

Check the board above the reels for which symbols are in play on each spin. These upgrades can give you better odds of scoring the bigger wins.

Megapays™ Jackpots 

You can trigger the Megapays™ feature at ANY time during the base game or free spins. It doesn’t matter what stake level you play at, though higher stakes give you more chance of triggering the JPs. Keep watching the letters in the word ‘Megapays’ in the logo. Some turn pink on every spin. When all are pink, the feature starts.

There are two stages to the game.

First, your Megapays™ symbol is chosen from the low payers. This is revealed in one spin, center screen. Next, a series of spins take place. For each one, if a Megapays™ symbol lands, then it is collected in the meter under the reels. If no Megapays™ symbol lands, then the round ends. You must have AT LEAST FOUR Megapays™ symbols in the meter when the round ends to hook one of the JPs as follows:

  • Mini Jackpot (from £100) – 4 to 7 symbols in meter
  • Midi Jackpot (from £1,500) – 8 to 11 symbols in meter
  • Major Jackpot (from £20,000) – 12 to 14 symbols in meter
  • Mega Jackpot (from £300,000) – 15+ symbols in meter

NOTE: There is no guarantee of winning a prize – you may land less than 4 symbols!

More Games Like The Great Pigsby Megapays™ Slot

If you want another game to chase down the Mega Megapays™ jackpot on then try one of these:

Bonanza Megapays™ Big Time Gaming’s greatest slot gets the progressive jackpot treatment. All the best features are still here – avalanche wins, progressive multipliers, free spins and 117,649 win lines. The top win (excluding the progressive) is increased to 17,926x and the variance remains super-high!

Star Cluster Megapays™ – BTG’s relentless creativity led them to try a Cluster Pays version of Megaways™ and this is it, with the JP feature added. You start with a 4×4 grid but successive wins take it up to 8×8, increasing the win ways possible at the same time. You can win up to 23,000x outside the Megapays™ JPs and the variance is a little lower than Bonanza. The RTP of this one is 96.54%.

Where to Play The Great Pigsby Megapays ™ Slot – Further Recommendations

Here are two further new slot sites that you might like to play this slot at:

MrPlaypart of the Aspire Global network of sites, MrPlay features over 700 slots from names like NetEnt, BTG, Relax Gaming and ELK Studios. The full Megapays™ suite is available so you can push for the big win on any of five slots. There are 100 NetEnt spins for new players and the minimum deposit is just £10.

Casino Planetan alternative to MrPlay is Casino Planet from Genesis Global. This site has over 1,100 slots and gives you 300 Book of Dead spins with your first deposit. You can deposit and play with Paypal and withdrawals are all processed in under 2 hours. Casino Planet is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. Find out more here.

Our Verdict

This is one of our favourite Megapays™ slots, thanks to its opulent design and huge potential, even outside of the progressives. The 20,000x top win doesn’t quite match that of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Megapays™ (70,000x +), but it’s still a good max payout. Of course, fans of avalanche wins  in Megaways™ will be disappointed these don’t feature but the re-spins with upgrades and the chance to turn 5 reels fully wild for a re-spin is a worthy alternative to help you get close to that 20,000x total.

Right now we are seeing wins in excess of £1,000,000 for Megapays™ and with its scenes of wealth and excess, The Great Pigsby is the perfect setting to chase that big prize down.