What is the most consistent Mega Moolah Bonus Feature?
When you play the Mega Moolah slot, it is very easy to get blinded by the Mega progressive jackpot, sure the Mini, Minor and especially the Major jackpot are all nice to trigger, but it is that life-changing huge jackpot that is always seeded at one million, which always attracts the attention.
When you are talking about adopting a long term, more sustainable approach to playing Mega Moolah, then you need to be up to speed on exactly how the slot pays out its winnings, not just the occasions on which the Mega progressive jackpot is triggered, as it is these lesser wins that will be the 'bread and butter' of your sessions when playing the slot.
With that in mind, what are the most consistent of the different Mega Moolah bonus features? Which ones pay out most frequently, which ones tend to pay out larger amounts, which ones smaller and if you are viewing playing the slot from a view of profitability, which are the bonuses you should be looking to trigger as often as possible?
Let's first take a look at what bonus features are in the Mega Moolah slot, by that we mean above and beyond the standard wins you can land in the base game by matching some of the standard symbols across one of the 25 different paying lines.
- Wild Lion
The Wild symbol in the Mega Moolah slot is the Lion, the erstwhile King of the Jungle, and you can use this symbol in two ways to land wins.
Firstly, when you use the Lion symbol purely as a Wild, then you can use it as any of the other standard symbols on the reel to create wins. In addition to paying out a win, a Lion used as part of a win also means you get a 2x multiplier applied to that win, doubling the amount of money you usually receive.
So for example, if you hit four giraffe symbols, then you would win 125 coins, however if you land three giraffe symbols plus one of the Lion Wilds to make it four on a winning line, then you would win 250 coins.
The second way that the Wild Lion can earn you the big money in the base game is through landing it sequentially across a winning line. You only need two Lions to earn a small win (15 coins), but if you increase the number of Wild Lions landed, that value increases to 125 coins for three, 1,500 for four and the base game jackpot of 15,000 coins for five Wild Lions across the reels.
Without doubt, the Wild Lion bonus symbol is the most common feature you will come across when playing Mega Moolah and it tends to pay a real mix of wins, mainly smaller value ones when it completes a winning line of three symbols, but on occasion it can land you much bigger base game wins, especially when you can land multiple symbols on the reels.
- Monkey Scatter and Free Spins
The Monkey Scatter symbol offers you pays when you land two, three, four or five anywhere across the reels. These pays are based on your total bet and if you land two you win 2x your total bet, three lands you 3x your total bet but the value increases markedly for four Scatters (20x your total bet) and the maximum is 100x your total bet for five Scatters landed.
Scatters do land relatively frequently on the reel and wins of 2x you total bet are relatively common and can provide regular double-your-money wins in the base game.
Generally, you will land two or three Scatters and when you land three (or more) then you will trigger the Free Spins bonus game.
Here you are given 15 Free Spins and you play the game on the same set of reels as the base game. However, the big difference in Free Spins is that any win you land with a Free Spin can be subject to a 3x multiplier, which of course trebles the value of your win. In Free Spins it is possible to win up to 225,000 coins if you bet the maximum number of coins per line (5), although if you wager just one coin, then the value of your win could be as much as 45,000 coins.
The Free Spins bonus is one of the more generous features in Microgaming slots and in truth, I feel it triggers more frequently than in many other games, indeed this is one of the reasons why I keep coming back to the slot as I feel that the bonus is definitely easier to trigger than on some other games. The RTP of the Mega Moolah slot (around 90%) suggests that it shouldn't be, but in playing I find that I can hit the Free Spins bonus relatively frequently, and sometimes, I can trigger it two or three times in a single session.
When this happens, you are now at the whim of Free Spins as to how much you can win and while wins do vary considerably, from just a small amount, up to some very large wins, you do feel like you get good value for money on this feature on the slot, although those very big wins do remain somewhat elusive.
- Jackpot Bonus Game
The Mega Moolah Bonus Feature that everybody wants to trigger is the Jackpot Bonus Wheel. This is a randomly triggered bonus that can be triggered on any spin, winning or losing, but there is nothing a player can do, save for increasing the size of their bet, that will increase their chances of landing the Jackpot Bonus Game.
If you are fortunate to trigger this bonus (and you do need to be fortunate as it can take many spins and many sessions before you even trigger it once) then it is a simple process of setting the Jackpot Bonus Wheel in motion. Outlined on the wheel are different coloured sectors, each of which corresponds to one of the four Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prizes.
Of course, there are more Mini and Minor jackpot sectors on the wheel than the Major or Mega sectors, and that does mean that even if you trigger this bonus, then you are far more likely to win one of the two smaller jackpot prizes.
In truth, if you are pinning your hopes on the Jackpot Bonus Game to be your profitable saviour on Mega Moolah then you need to rethink your approach. The game is triggered so infrequently that on many sessions, you won't even land a chance and when you do, the likelihood is that you'll win one of the two smaller jackpot prizes.
However the real beauty of Mega Moolah and what is part of the huge appeal of the game, is that you only need to strike it lucky once to win a life-changing amount of money on any spin, at any time.
Byline: This article was published by Mega Moolah expert Henry. Media and other enquiries.