Thank goodness for Big Time Gaming’s Monopoly Megaways slot, where you can become a property tycoon without any mortgages, stamp duties or lawyers’ fees in sight.

The first point to make is that this isn’t a traditional set of reels. On each one the number of symbols that appears on it will vary from spin to spin and the more symbols that appear, the better.

The slot works in a similar way to the classic board game where buying streets, utility companies and train stations is the name of the game.

You get to buy them by landing on them thanks to Mr Monopoly, who moves around the board after each win secured on the reels. But any win can lead to further wins, thanks to the cascading reels feature, where the symbols making up the original win are replaced by others.

Each time the cascading reels come into play, you move along the board and If you land on a street on the third appearance of a cascading reel, you get to own the property by having a green house appear on it. If you land on a train station or utilities’ company, you get to buy it at the first time of asking.

Just like in the board game, landing on the Community Chest or Chance squares leads to all manner of good things, such as moving you along to ‘Go’, giving you a guaranteed 117, 649 ways to win on your next spin or activating the free spins round, though activating them this way is admittedly quite rare.

The more common way is to get a fifth house on any given street. You get 8 free spins to start with, and you can get more by landing on streets where you already have five houses or landing on a train station you already own. Landing on utility companies that are already yours increases the Multiplier on your wins.

Just like the real estate business itself, this is a highly volatile game.