5 of the Best Jackpot Games
Video slots of today take many forms, accommodating all types of player and every budget. The reasons for choosing to play a particular slot vary from player to player. Some to like to immerse themselves in a game based on an enchanting theme, like Ancient Egypt, while others prefer to spin a few reels on a low volatility title to enjoy some carefree, casual gaming.
A whole other category of player, however, are lured by the prospect of jackpot slots that can spell untold riches in an instant. So just what are these games and why do they carry such magnetic appeal? Well, progressive jackpot slots pool a small proportion of every wager made across the entire network of competing casinos that host the game. The first player lucky enough to make a pre-defined winning configuration is then the lucky beneficiary of the game’s jackpot, before it resets back to a base level.
Progressive jackpots can go weeks, even months before they are claimed - often reaching into the several millions, and drawing the attention of the whole online casino industry, and further afield, in the process.
We’ve a host of games under this genre available to play at Caxino, developed by an array of leading game providers. Let’s examine a few of the best titles on the market today.
There’s only one place we can really start on our rundown. Released back in 2006, Mega Moolah has remained a stonewall industry classic since its introduction - and with plenty of reason.
Despite the game’s relatively modest appearance, Microgaming’s 5-reel, 3-row creation regularly serves up some of the richest prizes in the entire online casino world. Arguably the world’s most popular video slot, Mega Moolah is the go-to game of scores of online casino players looking to land a bumper payday that has the potential to change a life, and indeed one mouth-watering prize awarded in 2015 earned the game its place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest progressive jackpot ever paid.
Even more incredibly, the £13,209,300 ($13million euro) prize won by Jon Heywood of the UK came from a wager of just £0.25 (25¢) - proving you don’t need to be a high roller to be in with a chance of a mammoth windfall.
The video slot is set deep in the safari, with symbols depicting the four-legged habitants of the African plains. Expect to find animals like zebras, lions and elephants bearing animated facial expressions, alongside playing card values running from 10 to A.
Mega Moolah comes with the customary Free Spins round, but this is not where each of the four jackpots are found. At any time, a bonus round may trigger at random to earn you a turn on the Wheel of Fortune-esque bonus wheel. Watch as the wheel spins, before revealing your prize. You’ll land either the Mini, Minor, Major or Mega jackpot, the latter dishing up life-changing scores time after time. That’s all there is to it. No elaborate winning sequences or bonus rounds are required - marking a shift from most other progressive jackpot games.
With such heady prizes in the offing, Mega Moolah is considered a highly volatile game, and thus you are likely to endure prolonged lean streaks before striking a win. This is reflected in the game’s theoretical RTP (Return to Player), which, at 94%, is quite a bit lower than the industry average of ~96%. But with such astronomical wins in the offing, players happily trade off this reduced win rate for a shot at becoming the game’s next millionaire!
Developed by premier software suite Yggdrasil, Empire Fortune is another type of progressive jackpot video slot capable of paying out millions of euros in prizes for a spin of the reels.
The game holds a special place in the hearts of us here at Caxino, earning its place in folklore earlier this year after serving up the biggest win we’ve ever seen over at our sister site, Wildz.
It was in May that one player walked away a huge $4,209,743 richer after a few turns on the network jackpot game from a deposit of just $10.
Jam-packed with features, like free spins and the hold feature that lets you lock a pair of bonus symbols, Empire Fortune’s bonus game is activated whenever three such symbols show up on the reels during a spin - granting players a shot at one of the three jackpots on offer.
Manage to ascend all three tiers of the bonus wheel, and you stand to bank the game’s biggest prize.
Similar to Mega Moolah, Yggdrasil’s creation comes with a lower than average RTP due to the sky-high wins up for grabs - at 94.3%. But don’t let that deter you. If the reels fall in your favour, you could follow in the footsteps of our own history-maker and find yourself the next huge Empire Fortune winner at Caxino!
Sisters of Oz
Profiled already in this article, Microgaming are masters in the art of producing progressive jackpot games, and their WOWPOT series gives players another exciting option in the pursuit of life-changing riches.
One of the more popular WOWPOT games around is Sisters of Oz - the result of a collaboration between Microgaming and Triple Edge Studios. Loosely based on the cult film Wizard of Oz, you can take your shot at four progressive jackpots here, from Mini through to Major.
The Oz symbol serves dual duty as both the Scatter and Wild symbol in Sisters of Oz, and a trio of the former launches the free spins round, granting 5, 7 or 10 free spins in return for an appearance of 3, 4, or 5 such symbols - along with a win worth 2x, 10x or 100x your bet.
While some sizeable payouts are dished out in the free spins round, reaching up to 3,600x your stake, the more lucrative prizes inevitably lie in wait via the bonus round triggered at random if you land a gold Oz coin, attached to one of the symbols.
This takes you to the lucrative bonus wheel, which spins before stopping at one of 12 segments, thus unveiling your prize. You’re guaranteed to win one of the following amounts for each of the different jackpots:
- Mini: $10
- Minor: $100
- Major: $50,000
- Wowpot! (Mega) $2,000,000
While not quite as popular as the likes of Mega Moolah, the game represents an excellent choice for players seeking a jackpot title built around an engaging theme and is available to play today at Caxino.
Another title adopting the ‘Mega’ nametag, NetEnt’s 2009 industry classic offers up supersized jackpot wins of its own. But that’s not the only likeness to Mega Moolah. Mirroring Microgaming’s smash hit, Mega Fortune also centres around its own bonus wheel styled on Wheel of Fortune - where fortunes can be won in the blink of an eye.
The game caught the attention of the casino world at large, along with the broader mainstream media in 2013 after sending $17,861,813 the way of one lucky Finnish player.
Again, free spins are on offer here, activated by landing 3 x Champagne scatter symbols. Your free spin haul is then determined by making a selection, a la tombola, with further free spins won by catching more Scatters in the round.
Catching three bonus symbols during a spin is enough to earn you a turn on the bonus wheel featuring three separate mini wheels. Watch as the ball begins on the outermost wheel, where it will either finish up on a cash prize, or bump you up to further riches by moving into the next wheel - with larger prizes in the offing.
Call your friends if you ever make it all the way to the centre wheel - as this yields you that all-elusive progressive jackpot.
With an ‘expected’ progressive jackpot worth around $4million dollars, and an average RTP of 96%, the game should be on the radar of any serious player hunting out a 7-figure payday.
Hall of Gods
NetEnt make it back onto our rundown of the 5 best jackpot games, with their 2013 production, Hall of Gods.
Steeped in Norse mythology, the visually-impressive slot offers a trio of progressive jackpots along with the customary free spins round. The latter is brought into play whenever you land three Scatters, served by the Odin’s Raven symbol. A trio grants you 10 free spins, with 4 giving 15 and 20 up for grabs by landing 5. Additional free spins are yours for catching a further trio of Scatters during the round.
Manage to land 3 Bonus symbols across one of the 20 paylines, and you’re looking at far more substantial wins, however, via one of three progressive jackpots on offer - Mini, Midi and Mega.
As with all games in the category, each of these jackpots accumulate wagers placed by every player spanning the network of casinos offering the game, and typically grow into the many millions. The Mega jackpot is reported to come in at around $5million on average - one of the higher amounts across the industry.
Jackpot games are some of the most popular type of slots available to play at Caxino - and continue to win new fans time after time. Have a browse of our list of jackpot games to find one that’s right for you, and who knows - you could become our next big winner!