Microgaming mobile progressive jackpot games - Part Two
Welcome to the second part of our four-part series on Microgaming's 16 progressive slot games. In this second article, we are going to focus on two of the biggest games in the Microgaming portfolio.
In our last article we looked at Cash Splash, Cyberstud Poker, Fruit Fiesta and the Jackpot Deuces slot so if you are interested in those games, it is well worth going back and reviewing them in our last article.
In this second article, we focus on two of the biggest games in the Microgaming portfolio, including the progressive jackpot slot that holds the world record for the highest ever online pay out to a customer, the legend that is the Mega Moolah progressive.
The other slot with a massive following is the Major Millions slot which recently awarded another huge pay-out to a Canadian customer and which is surely going to break through the $2m jackpot barrier at some point in the future, having gone close on a couple of times in the recent past.
Let's now continue our review with the first of the four slots featuring in Part Two.
- Game Type - Slot
- Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £2.25
- Average Win - £654,283
- Biggest Win - £1,527,228
- Average Time for Win - 1 year 9 weeks
Perhaps one of Microgaming's most underrated progressive games, King Cashalot is one of the few slots to have ever paid out a jackpot exceeding 1 million, from an initial seeding amount of 100,000. What is particularly appealing about this slot is that it is very simple to follow as it is a 5x3 reel game that has just 9 lines in play.
In order to stand a chance at landing the top prize, you need to wager 0.25 on all nine lines, which means a minimum bet of £2.25, which is still lower than some progressive slots. You can also select to play the game in regular mode, or expert which allows you access to the Autoplay feature if that is how you prefer to play.
The game is based on a rather cheery royal family who are enjoying a rather tasty feast. Lower value symbols include a large roasted turkey, a fish dish, a bowl of fruit, a roasted ham and a trifle dessert that all looks rather tasty.
The higher value symbols are members of King Cashalot's court and include the princess, a knight, the queen and of course, the king himself.
The Jester is the scatter and landing two or more of these symbols triggers a cash prize, but there is no free spins bonus game to play on the King Cashalot slot. There is however a Treasure Bonus game which is triggered when you land the Dragon Bonus symbol across the middle three reels.
This is a selection game where you reveal cash prizes hidden in treasure chests and you can decide to either keep the cash prize you have won or discard it and select from another treasure chest. You can do this until you either take the reward or open the final chest. If you decide to open the final chest however, what is inside will be the prize you receive.
King Cashalot is the Wild and he can substitute for high and low value symbols but not the scatter or bonus. Land him across any of the first eight pay lines and you will win the base game jackpot of 15,000 coins. However, land this symbol across the ninth line in full and you trigger the progressive jackpot prize.
This progressive prize isn't won that often, so it can grow to a considerable amount with an average win of over £650,000, and a few million-plus jackpots also handed out over the years, making it the third highest progressive jackpot pay-out game in Microgaming's portfolio.
Lots A Loot
- Game Type - Slot
- Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £2.50
- Average Win - £22,462
- Biggest Win - £83,671
- Average Time for Win - 10 days and 10 hours
The original Lots A Loot was a 3-reel game, but Microgaming decided to give it a reworking and developed this 5-reel progressive jackpot slot that has a total of 25 pay lines in play. Coins are set at 0.10 per line, which means that every spin will cost every player 2.50, but it does mean that every spin for every player could be a progressive jackpot winner.
The slot is simple to play with the usual playing cards being the lower value symbols on the reels and the higher value symbols are all about good fortune and wealth and include items such as a four-leafed clover and a pot of gold, which as you can tell, hints at its Irish-inspired theme, as well as the familiar Bar and 777 symbols.
The Wild is the Lots A Loot logo and this is used on all reels and it can lead to some regular pays when playing, which is not typical of your standard progressive jackpot game. This does help keep your balance topped up from time to time when playing the slot. And the fact that any Wild win also lands you a 2x multiplier is also a nice touch too.
You can win the progressive jackpot on every spin of the Lots A Loot slot and the way you do this is by landing the Lots A Loot Wilds across the full set of five reels on the 25th pay-line. If you can do this then you will be the latest winner of the Lots A Loot progressive jackpot.
On average this jackpot is triggered every 10 days or so, so it is a regular winner for slot players with an average payout of just shy of £22,500, which is not a bad days work for any slot gamer.
- Game Type - Slot (3-reel and 5-reel available)
- Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £3
- Average Win - £440,676
- Biggest Win - £1,945,884
- Average Time for Win - 6 weeks and 4 days
Major Millions is one of the iconic slots offered by Microgaming. It is actually two games, a 3-reel and a 5-reel version can be played and both pay into the same progressive fund and you can win the progressive jackpot on either game, but for the purposes of clarity we are going to focus on the 5-reel version for this review.
The cost to spin on each game is 3.00 and on the 5-reel version that means you have 15 lines in play each with a 0.20 coin cost to cover each line. The theme of the slot is the military, with the symbols reflecting this as they include a tank, a bomber, a top-secret envelope, binoculars, a battleship, a supply crate, medals and the Major's hat.
Switching the game into Expert mode allows you to access the auto play feature, which is useful if you are serious about trying to land the progressive available on the slot. Alongside the standard symbols outlined above, there is also a Scatter symbol in the game which awards a prize of between 15 coins and 1,000 coins for landing three, four or five of them across the reels.
The Wild symbol is the Major Millions Logo and this is key to landing the progressive jackpot. As a standard Wild it substitutes for other symbols in play to land he player wins. However, if you can land the Wild symbol across the reels in all five positions on the first 14 pay lines, you will win the 8,000-jackpot available.
However, land it on the magical 15th pay line and that jackpot turns into the progressive jackpot and that is when you can win a serious amount of money.
Major Millions pays out on average every six weeks, but occasionally it can go for longer than that and when it does the jackpot will regularly creep up to over the million mark. Its record pay-out is just short of 2 million and with the last three winners (from Dec 2017 to March 2018) all winning in excess of 1 million, my money is on the 2 million barrier being breached sooner rather than later.
- Game Type - Slot (Five different slots pay into the same progressive fund)
- Min Bet to Trigger Progressive Jackpot - £0.25
- Average Win - £3,615,130
- Biggest Win - £13,212,882
- Average Time for Win - 9 weeks 2 days
Arguably the biggest online slot game in the world and certainly a world record beater, the Mega Moolah slot has set new records since the day it was first released back in 2006 and it has continued to do so to this very day. Back in 2017, a record 12 jackpots were triggered in the calendar year, double the previous record of six and in 2018, we have had the jackpot triggered at least once in each of the first three months of the year.
And most incredibly, in 2015, it set the world record for an online progressive jackpot win with a £13.2m+ jackpot won by Brit Jon Heywood in October that year.
The first thing to clear up is that this review is looking at the main Mega Moolah slot which is the most commonly played slot that has access to this massive progressive jackpot prize.
The original Mega Moolah slot is based on an African Savannah theme and to all intents and purposes, it comes with a standard 5x3 reel slot format and has 25 lines in play. You can bet from 0.25 up to £6.25 per spin and the great news is that you can win the progressive jackpot regardless of how much you wager on your spin (though your chances increase slightly if you wager more per spin).
The standard game is colourful and cheerful and boasts a fantastic jackpot in its own right of 225,000 which can be won during free spins and a base game jackpot of 75,000, both of which would be big wins if landed on any slot game.
The Mega Moolah slot also has a Wild symbol which substitutes for others to produce wins as well as a Monkey Scatter symbol which when landed three times across the reels, triggers the Free Spins bonus round which sees you land 15 Free Spins with a 3x multiplier.
Every one of your spins sees a small percentage of your bet added to the progressive jackpot fund and with every real cash spin on the game, this fund grows. It can grow very rapidly too, especially when players feel that the jackpot is about to be won.
Speaking of the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot, that should actually read jackpots. This is because the slot has four jackpots in play which range in size from lower value prizes (Mini and Minor) up to the larger value prizes (Major and Mega). It is the Mega progressive that will have the largest prize fund of at least £1,000,000 and often considerably more.
To win these jackpots you need to trigger the Jackpot Bonus Game but this can trigger at random on any spin at any point in the game. When it does trigger, you simply spin the wheel and at the end of the spin, the wheel will come to land on a segment that corresponds to one of the jackpot prizes. Most of the segments on the wheel are for the Mini and Minor jackpot prizes (so these are won much more often) but occasionally the Major and rarely the Mega jackpot is triggered and this latter win will hail the crowning of a new instant millionaire winner.
Mega Moolah has quite simply become the de facto slot for many slots fans to play to try and win a life-changing amount of money. It's simple, easy to follow format, and extremely mobile friendly, and the fact you can enter for just 0.25 a spin makes this, if not the most, one of the most popular, accessible and enjoyable slot games in the history of internet gambling.
Give it a shot at the Mega Moolah casinos.
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