NextGen continues its development of scratch cards based on hot slots from its bulging games catalogue with Monster Wins Scratch, an adaptation of a super cute monster slot. Not only do we get uber fast game-play and great win potential with double payouts. But NextGen also includes a Free Games feature that elevates this game from the super simple to the super cool. And, of course, we have the chance to record monster wins with a 200,000 top prize. Roarsome.

Gameplay

Monsters don’t all have to be scary, you know. The Monster Wins slot is very much in the vein of Monsters Inc. in that our monsters in question offer a chance to dispel that particular stereotype. Monsters are people, too. The Monster Wins Scratch version follows suit, with all the monsters of various colours and persuasions returning as the game symbols in a 4×4 grid. The mechanic is a tried and tested formula – we scratch off the grid spaces to reveal symbols. Find at least three matching symbols and we win the prize multiplier relevant for that symbol, between x1-x2,000. Easy.

Our pay table sits next to our game board, meaning we have quick access to our prizes so we know which of these monsters we need to look out for to bag the highest payouts. NextGen, being part of the NYX Gaming Group, usually uses a bet slider on the settings tab of its online slots, but we see it here next to our game board to raise or lower our bets in super quick fashion.

Bonuses

Scratch card bonuses are often one-dimensional, revolving around the multipliers we earn for revealing matching symbols. NextGen elevates this pay structure with two simple yet superbly effective tweaks to the Monster Wins Scratch bonus system.

First, not only do we scoop a payout for revealing three matching symbols – the norm for scratch cards of all ilks, online or otherwise – but we also earn payouts for matching four symbols, worth double the prize. This means the top prize of landing four symbols of the highest-paying many eyed Monster lands a delicious x2,000 multiplier, while matching three such symbols scoops a x1,000 multiplier.

Second, and as is now the norm for many NextGen scratch cards, we have the luxury of enjoying a Free Games bonus round. We trigger the bonus game when we reveal three Bonus symbols anywhere across the grid, enjoying doubled prizes. It doesn’t take a mathematician to realise that this bumps up our top prize from a x2,000 to a x4,000 multiplier, effectively meaning a top whack payout of 200,000. Tasty.

Summary

With a cute theme, easy game-play and delicious bonus potential, NextGen’s Monster Wins Scratch delivers plenty of instant appeal that will instantly appeal to many. The simple additions of doubled prizes in the base game and the Free Games bonus round mean that there is enough to elevate this game above normal, easy, scratch card play to multi-layered instant win action. Great tweaks, NextGen. Great tweaks.