You can’t talk about progressive jackpot slots without mentioning Mega Moolah. Despite having been released way back in 2006, Microgaming’s classic remains incredibly popular today. Sure, the visuals have aged quite a bit– but no one ever sought out Mega Moolah for flashy designs and animations. And no, it’s not the wild symbols, free spins or win multipliers that make the game such a standout experience. The slot’s success rests solely on the shoulders of four progressive jackpot prizes.
We’ve tried our hands at it quite a few times over the years, always hoping to land one of the big four. Although we were never really met with much success, luckier players have landed life-changing wins.
That’s the kind of win we all dream of. So, why not check out our review below? We’ll tell you all you need to know about Mega Moolah, and who knows, you might just be the next Mega Jackpot winner.
Microgaming (Games Global)
5 x 3
Minimum / Maximum Bet:
Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins, Win Multiplier, Progressive Jackpot
Wild Symbol – None of the animals in Mega Moolah’s extensive menagerie look particularly menacing, least of all the wild lion symbol. But the king of the jungle delivered us plenty of winning combinations by stepping in for missing pay symbols on a payline.
Scatter Symbol – You’ll need no less than three monkey scatter symbols to unlock free spins. They’re not the easiest to land, despite the slot’s low volatility setting, but once all three scatters turn up on the reels, you get your 15 free spins.
Free Spins – Although free spins are always welcome, they aren’t Mega Moolah’s main event. The gameplay remains largely the same as the base game, except for an added x3 win multiplier. The extra boost allows you to land wins closer to the 1,800x maximum win cap.
Jackpot Bonus – Mega Moolah does away with jackpot scatter symbols. Instead, the jackpot bonus can randomly trigger on any given spin. It’s a pretty exciting prospect, especially since whenever it activates, the bonus guarantees at least one of the four jackpot prizes. Unfortunately, the feature never triggered during our playthrough – but that’s no surprise, given how rare it is for Mega Moolah to give away a jackpot prize.
Back when it first launched, Mega Moolah was everything you could hope for in a jackpot slot. Years later, the game has aged considerably and not just in the visuals department. The base game’s RTP is a shockingly low 88.12%, with an equally underwhelming maximum win cap of 1,800x. Not to mention the fact that it’s incredibly rare to trigger the jackpot bonus in the first place.
However, Mega Moolah has maintained its relevance by awarding players with record-breaking wins every so often. With the uncapped potential its progressive jackpots offer, it’s a great game for high rollers who are prepared to spend a fair share of funds on the game. Alternatively, the game can also serve as a great introduction to progressive jackpots, thanks to its straightforward mechanics.
Mega Fortune – NetEnt’s Mega Fortune certainly takes a page from Mega Moolah’s rulebook, expanding on Microgaming’s tried and tested formula. It comes with a similar feature list but boasts a higher RTP setting, a bigger maximum win cap and a better chance of triggering the jackpot bonus. On the flip side, Mega Fortune’s highest-paying jackpot prizes are lower, with the highest recorded payout in the UK amounting to £3.8 million.
Major Millions – Replacing the plains of the Savannah with a military theme, this Microgaming creation is yet another great progressive jackpot slot. This time around, the progressive jackpot is triggered by five scatter symbols which also come with wins of up to 50x. You also get the chance to trigger a fixed jackpot of 8,000x and can use wild multipliers to triple your winnings.