Most pokies players dream of hitting the jackpot; it’s what the thrill of playing pokies is all about. And there’s only one form of online pokies that gives the biggest and most exciting jackpots online: porogressive pokies. These machines have jackpots that continually rise until they are claimed, and quite often climb into the millions of dollars. Below are reviews of four such dream-making pokies.
If you know anything about online pokies, you probably know about Mega Moolah, Microgaming’s eminent progressive online pokie. It’s without a doubt the single most popular and most played progressive jackpot machine online, and because of that, it often builds up huge jackpots very quickly, which keeps its popularity flowing in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy sort of way. Mega Moolah is responsible for some of the biggest jackpots that have ever been won online, and overall, the machine has paid out more than NZ$70 million.
The game itself is a African safari theme, with reels depicting zebras (are they black with white stripes, or white with black stripes; figure that one out), lions, monkeys, elephants, and giraffes, among other animals. It’s a 5-reel slot, like most progressive pokies, with 25 paylines. Unlike some other progressives, which can require large minimum bets of as much as two dollars to spin, Mega Moolah can be played for just a penny, which is one of the reasons it is so widely loved.
The progressive jackpot an be reached via the bonus game, which consists of the player being able to spin a large wheel 15 times. In addition to getting nice multiplier bonuses on their wins, they can even win themselves another free 15 spins while in this mode. Also, in addition to the progressive jackpot, players can land themselves smaller jackpots in this mode, called the mini, minor, and major jackpots, which total NZ$10, NZ$100, and NZ$10,000 respectively. Those lesser jackpots also function as progressives, though they rarely climb much higher than their base amounts, as they are won quit frequently, especially the two smallest ones.
All fans of pokies and big jackpots will love Mega Moolah, as it has the biggest ones in the industry, along with several other jackpots and some great and rewarding bonus features.
The Microgaming progressive pokie Major Millions unleashes a military theme on the online casino world, complete with Major Millions himself (and you’ll want to be seeing a lot of him, as you need him to win the jackpot), army hats, binoculars, medals of honor, tanks, and other miltary themed pictures. Interestingly, there are both 3 and 5-reel versions of this slot, both of which utilize the same progressive jackpot. Unlike Mega Moolah, which starts at a million bucks, Major Millions’ jackpot starts at a “mere” quarter of a million dollars, and average payouts of just under NZ$600,000.
This machine does also take a larger minimum bet than the Mega Moolah machine, with the minimum bet being 20 cents on the 5-reel and a full dollar on the 3-reel machine. However to qualify to win the progressive jackpot, players must place a maximum bet (wager on all 15 paylines) on their spin, so the minimum bet is actually NZ$3 to have a chance at the jackpot. Likewise, the 3-reel machine requires you to bet on all three of its paylines, also totalling a NZ$3 bet if you want to qualify for the progressive jackpot.
Winning that progressive jackpot requires filling that final payline (the 15th or 3rd respectively) with the Major Millions symbols. For the 3-reel machine this means you need only get 3 symbols, while you need all 5 for the 5-reel machine. The odds of getting that symbol are likely lower on the 3-reel machine to compensate for this. There is no need to get to a bonus round to win the jackpot, which keeps the tension and excitement high at all times; any spin could be the one that wins you a jackpot, which is one thing that this machine does better than Mega Moolah, and makes it a top choice of many pokies players.
King Cashalot regales you in the finery of the royal ladies and lords of this medieval-themed progressive slots game, a 5-reel, 9-payline machine, with a progressive jackpot that starts at NZ$100,000. In addition to the images of kings, queens, knights, and ladies, there are images of all the scrumptious food their wealth has afforded them (and what yours could afford you should you hit the jackpot), and an evil dragon who would like to burn them to a crisp and eat all that food itself (luckily you wouldn’t have to worry about dragons were you so wealthy).
King Cashalot has a modest wagering amount, which can make it attractive to players who don’t want to bet an arm and a leg (or at least a coffee and a donut) with each wager. The bet amount is only 5 cents, so even though you need to max a maximum bet to have a chance at the jackpot, it only amounts to a 45 cent bet each spin. Like many progressives, hitting the jackpot can only be done on the final payline, in this case the ninth one, and is accomplished with 5 kings along that payline (the kings also function as the wild symbol, and can substitute for any other symbol except for the dragon).
Speaking of that dragon, 3 of its symbols anywhere on reels 2, 3, and 4 unlocks the bonus game, in which the king can choose from any one of the chests and receive a free treasure in coins. Depending on how it was earned, you may even have an addition choice, and can make the decision to give up your treasure for another one if you think you can find one overflowing with more coins than the one you found. The bonus game is a nice little addition to an otherwise charming and solid progressive jackpot game.
Roulette Royale is a unique progressive jackpot game from Microgaming, and the first online casino game to offer a progressive jackpot that isn’t an online pokie. Roulette Royale is played similarly to standard roulette in nearly every aspect. There are numbers 1 to 36 on the board and wheel that the player can bet on, and those numbers are colored red or black. In addition there is also the number 0 (and in the American version, the double zero, though this is the European version with just the lone zero). Players can choose to place wagers on any combination of numbers or colors they choose before the wheel is spun and a ball is dropped in to it; eventually to land in the slots of those colored numbers (or the zero, the bane of most players).
Of course the interesting aspect of this machine is the progressive jackpot feature that has been added. The progressive essentially functions as a sort of side bet, that costs the player a credit each game he or she agrees to have it in play. It’s not something that can be won on any individual spin, but rather, over the course of multiple spins. If the player hits the same number five times in a row (note that they do not need to actually have a winning bet on that number in any of those spins), they will win the progressive jackpot. Players can also win smaller jackpots of NZ$15, NZ$200, and NZ$300 when they hit the same number two, three, or four times respectively, giving the added side bet a little more utility than if it was only good for landing the big (and highly unlikely) prize.
Anyone who loves roulette, but laments the lack of a chance at landing a big prize will absolutely love Roulette Royale. It should be considered the only way to play roulette for many people.