Megaways slots are everywhere nowadays. Every couple of days, a new slot is added to the collection, offering players ever more opportunities to trigger thousands of winning ways.

Now, there’s a new kid on the block: Epic Ways. This is a new game format from Microgaming, which is surely going to create some competition with Megaways slots .

Ping Pong Star: An Epic Ways Slot

Epic Ways is Microgaming’s take on the Megaways mechanic, and it works almost exactly the same. A different number of symbols appears on the reels on each spin, which determines how many winning ways are active.

The first game in the series is called Ping Pong Stars , and it offers players up to 117,649 winning ways. There are cascading reels in the slot, so you can hit multiple wins on a single stake. The free spins round is triggered by four scatters, and increasing multipliers are active on every cascade during this round.

You’ll find essentially the same gameplay in slots like Bonanza and Buffalo Rising – but what sets Ping Pong Star apart is its volatility. The vast majority of the games in the Megaways series are highly volatility, and Ping Pong Star has medium variance.

What this means is that you’re likely to see more wins while spinning the reels on Ping Pong Star slots. You might not come across any wins in the thousands, but you can look forward to landing wins consistently. They can definitely add up over time, and this type of gameplay allows for players with smaller budgets to have longer gaming sessions.

Boom Pirates: A Wonderways Slot

Yesterday, Microgaming and Foxium released another game called Boom Pirates , which also seems to be competing with the Megaways mechanic. It’s a Wonderways game, which features expanding reels and up to 10,077,696 winning ways. You read that right – 10 MILLION ways to win.

While it certainly sounds promising, it’s not super effective. The feature that causes the reels to expand isn’t triggered very often so, more often than not, Boom Pirates plays like any other game with 1096 ways to win.

It’s an interesting concept though, and we’d like to see a few more Wonderways games. With innovative new technology, it sometimes takes a while for developers to find their groove, so it would be good to see how Microgaming and Foxium improve on Wonderways with future releases.