The Monopoly slot series has been immensely successful for SG Digital or better known as Scientific Games. More than a dozen titles have been designed by three of its studios – Bally, Barcrest and WMS. They all are well recognizable due to the commonalities with the popular board game from Hasbro.
Especially the lovely gentleman with the top hat called Mr. Monopoly has been like a mascot for all Monopoly slot fans. On Monopoly Heights, he will increase the game window from 1,024 ways up to 32,768 ways to win in the respins feature. Plus, he will invite you to play a jackpot bonus game where you can win one of four fixed jackpots of up to 2,500 times your bet.
Monopoly Heights is a video slot with five reels, four rows and 1,024 ways to win in the base game. During the respins feature, it can increase to eight rows and up to 32,768 ways to win. Wins are paid for adjacent symbols from left to right only. You can spin the reels on desktop or mobile from 0.25 to 100 coins. The RTP of this medium to high variance game is set at exactly 96.00%.
The setting is very familiar for all fans of any Monopoly game, further emphasized by the the skyline from a metropolitan city and distant green hills are in the background. A rather simple game window is starting to increase in size when wins containing the gentleman symbol land in a spin. A quirky Charleston track played by an orchestra provides the fitting audio.
The pay symbols are just as familiar, starting at the low end with the playing cards from J to A and an open treasure chest. On the medium level you will find a car, a diamond ring as well as tile with gold coins and paper money. The premium symbols are a large diamond, the slot logo and the friendly Mr. Monopoly with the top hat. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 0.36 to 1.00 times your stake.
The wild symbols is a pair of dice, appearing on reels two to five only and substituting for all symbols except the bonus symbol. The scatters that trigger the jackpot bonus game are a red hotel as we know it from the board game and appearing on reels one and five only.
Two features hold the key to big wins on Monopoly Heights. First and more often triggered is expanding reels respin. It is triggered when you hit a win with the gentleman symbol, or in combination with a wild symbol.
First any potential line wins are paid before the game window expands by one row to 3,125 ways to win and starts a respin All symbols from the initial spin are locked in place and only the positions on the additional row spin to potentially land more gentleman symbols that will connect to the existing winning combination. When that happens, the feature is retriggered and another row added on top of the five rows plus another respin.
The respins continue as long as gentleman symbols land within the winning combination. It ends once the game window reaches the full height with eight rows and 32,768 ways to win or if no new gentleman symbols land on a respin that will connect to the winning combo. All wins from the feature are accumulated and paid before the next spin starts.
While the respin feature can lead to some sizeable wins, the big money on this slot is in the jackpot bonus game. Four fixed jackpots are on offer – Mini at 10x, Minor at 25x, Major at 125x and Grand at 2,500x your stake. To enter into the bonus game, you need to hit red hotel scatters anywhere on reels one and five in one spin. Alternatively , it can trigger after any spin when only one of the two scatters land.
You are guaranteed to win a jackpot in the bonus game, question is only if Lady Luck is on your side to have you bag the Grand Jackpot. You will enter a second screen, displaying a board with 32 tiles where you will pick one tile at a time to reveal matching jackpot symbols.
You will win the Mini Jackpot when you uncover three matching symbols, the Minor Jackpot for four matching symbols, the Major Jackpot for five matching symbols and ultimately the Grand for eight matching symbols.
Having grown up with the Monopoly board game as Saturday family entertainment, I obviously became a fan of the slots and have played all of them over the years. In view of that, Monopoly Heights is not the most exciting title in the series but it is a solid effort that can pay well on a lucky day.