Introduction to the Game
It’s becoming almost essential for an Online Casino to include Mega Moolah in their list of casino games. More and more of the best and most reputable online casinos are looking to include Mega Moolah in their game line-up.
2017 has already seen 9 big multi-million jackpot winners. This raises the question; what is so special about this year that has seen so more Mega Moolah Jackpot winners than usual? Have the game developers, Microgaming, changed something in the game to make the jackpot payout more often?
Definitively ‘NO’. The Mega Moolah of 2017 is the same version that was originally released more than a decade ago.
First introduced in 2008, Mega Moolah’s 25 payline, 5-reel game set-up has made a gaggle of instant multi-millionaires. The graphics and game animations are not as crystal and smooth as one would usually expect from a Microgaming Online Slots Machine. However, does that really matter? Again ‘NO’ – Mega Moolah has 4 progressive jackpots!
As the name implies, we’re all visiting Mega Moolah for the chance to make an absolute killing and be set for life on one spin.
It can and does happen here! World Record Winner, 26-year-old British soldier and Afghanistan veteran, Jonathon Heywood won £13,213,838.68 (over 23 million CAD$) on a single 25p (42 Canadian cents) Mega Moolah wager in October 2015.
The real stars here are the four Mega Moolah progressive jackpots:
- The Mega Progressive Jackpot, starting at 1,000,000 credits.
- The Major Progressive, beginning at 10,000 credits.
- The Minor, which starts at 100 credits.
- The Mini Progressive, awarding players 10 credits.
Audio and Visual
The theme of Mega Moolah revolves around an animated tropical jungle, making it a unique and adventurous game that promises plenty of excitement and fun. The symbols in the game are vibrant, colorful and easy on the eyes. Additionally, players will note that a rather cheeky purple monkey has found his way onto the reels, too. This handy little guy acts as the game’s scatter symbol.
The graphics are not as smooth and as elegant as some of the more modern games from Microgaming. However, its hardly a distraction. The visuals were never designed to be the main attraction here. It is the vast jackpot sums on offer that supplies the most interest here.
Jackpots aside, there is no escaping that Mega Moolah’s graphics are a decade old, but this seems to add to the game’s period (almost retro) charm. The game feels like it has land-based roots despite its exclusive online casino history. This kind of “Las Vegas heritage” does at times give the feeling its teleporting you back-in-time and onto the Strip. Audio consists of a passable Savannah soundtrack with various African wildlife sounds. In my testing, I personally found the soundtrack a little distracting and consequently took advantage of the ‘turn-off sound’ feature.
Mobile Version Available
If you’re familiar with software by Microgaming, it won’t come as a surprise that this game is mobile friendly. The browser-based design ensures compatibility with all major mobile devices, including both iOS and Android products. As Mega Moolah is a licensed online slot, it’s also natural that they’ve decided to make this game appeal to as wide an audience as possible, and both low limit and high limit betting levels are available as a result. Mega Moolah is available for play at many Online Casinos including Betway, Jackpot City, William Hill, Spin Palace, Royal Vegas, Ruby Fortune, 888 Casino, and All Slots Casino.
Features and symbols
The symbols on Mega Moolah include all the expected suspects from the African savannah; lions, antelopes, monkeys, zebras, elephants, water buffalos, and giraffes. In addition to these jungle-related symbols, high-value playing cards such as Nine, Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace can also be seen on the reels. The lion symbol functions as the Wild, and it is possible to win an astonishing 15000x the line bet by landing five of them.
Our aforementioned cheeky purple monkey friend is the Scatter symbol. Land 5 cheeky monkey Scatters and receives 100x the line bet as your payout. 3 Scattered monkeys will provide you with 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier, with the remaining symbols paying between 750x to 40x the line bet.
Gameplay, Tips and Strategies
With Mega Moolah offering such incredible possible winnings, the gameplay is always extremely exciting. Players just never know if their next bet will provide an utterly life-changing payout. When it comes to playing a progressive jackpot slot machine-like Mega Moolah, it’s essential that you get your head in the game right from the very first spin as that monster multi-million-dollar jackpot could go off at any moment. It’s a good idea to have a definitive game plan or set rules as to how you’re going to approach it.
The outcome of a progressive jackpot is completely random and it’s linked to a central progressive network. Every time the game is played, a small portion of the amount played causes the game’s jackpot to grow until it the jackpot is hit. As the jackpot increases, it reaches what is called ‘a break-even point’ which makes a jackpot win more feasible. At that point, player action increases as the machine approaches the verge of a huge payout.
Hot tips – If there was a ‘secret way’ to win at Mega Moolah, I wouldn’t be writing this. I would be counting my millions. What I can tell you, is this. Arm yourself with as much information as possible and set yourself time and money limits. Read the Paytable and consult the Help Screen first before playing Mega Moolah. Unlike most online slots, progressives can’t be played in the free mode beforehand, only for real cash.
Usually, playing a slot machine for free gives you some insight into its workings and how many spins it takes to trigger its bonus mode/s.
However, when playing a progressive slot machine, you’re virtually playing ’in-the-dark’. You have absolutely no idea how long it will take before you trigger a free spins feature or another bonus mode. In a way, I guess that’s part of the attraction of a progressive slot. You just never know when the big win will strike!
What the developers think
David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming, gives his thoughts on the two multi-million Mega Moolah jackpot winners in the last 6 weeks alone;
“Two hits and another instant millionaire made by Mega Moolah in less than a week! Congratulations to Betway and their player on this mega win”
Anthony Werkman, Marketing and Operations Director at Betway also offered his congratulations to the latest winners:
“Almost two years to the day that we were celebrating our “World Record” Mega Moolah winner, another Betway customer has joined the millionaire’s club. We send our warmest congratulations.”
What we think
Mega Moolah is undoubtedly the grand-daddy of progressive online slots with a great retro fun theme. 10 out of 10 from me for all the scatters, free spins and four progressive jackpots. There’s also something in it for the low rollers with the biggest non-progressive jackpot win is 225,000 coins.
Not only does Mega Moolah give you the chance to win millions in cash, but it also provides enough small wins throughout the game to help keep you playing for as long as possible.
Take Mega Moolah for a test drive soon at one of your favorite Microgaming Casinos.