Created by 777igt for online casinos, Jackpot is a 5 reel, 25 pay line slot machine.
While 777igt features several titles that aren't coherent with the themes (see Army God, Baby G), Jackpot is straight to the point because this slot revolves around winning big.
Of course, naming a game after the holy grail of slot machines comes with lofty expectations. This is especially the case when considering just how large some jackpots grow.
In 2015, British solider Jon Heywood set a Guinness World Record by winning an online slots prize worth €17,879,645.
We don't expect 777igt's Jackpot to offer a record breaking amount. But does it have a progressive jackpot large enough to live up to its name?
Find out as we cover everything you need to know about this game, including its atmosphere, music, sound effects, animations, pay table, graphics, features, betting options, and rules.
At the end of this review, you'll also see how Jackpot compares to two other slot machines.
Jackpot Slot Machine Overview
In addition to being about jackpots, this game also has an Asian angle.
The top of the screen offers a detailed scene with treasures, dragons, and a small city. The city features water in the foreground along with houses and two Asian women.
The amount of detail that 777igt packed into the thin top bar is incredible. The only problem is that it's hard to see this on a smartphone.
The rest of the background is black with occasional lotus flowers.
We're satisfied with the atmosphere thanks to the detailed pictures at the top. But it would've been nice if 777igt created more scenes around the reels, rather than leaving them mostly black.
The music is a traditional Asian tune that offers vibrancy without being annoying. We like how this tune goes from soft and mellow to a dance jingle over the course of its loop.
The sound effects aren't good because they're the generic variety found in other 777igt games. They include: coins clanging off the ground, dreamy and magical sounds during wins, a trumpet after big payouts, and a voice announcing free spins.
Although they add excitement, these sounds aren't distinguishable from those heard in hundreds of other slot machines.
Jackpot's animations are also cliché and similar to those found in classic slot machines.
Animations include: balloons floating during big wins; fireworks shooting out of scatter payouts; winning symbols moving back & forth or spinning around; and gold coins bouncing into your Credits area after wins.
We've always liked how 777igt games have coins bounce into your account, but the rest of the animations are lame.
Jackpot Pay Table and Graphics
Jackpot features 15 symbols that revolve around Asian culture and good luck charms. Here's a look at the symbols along with their respective payouts:
Caishen, the God of Prosperity, appears in a large number of Asian themed slot machines. In this game, he triggers the Mega Jackpot when appearing 5 times in an active pay line.
This red and gold treasure chest offers the Minor Jackpot when appearing 5 times in a pay line.
Featuring three emerald jewels, this gold key pays the Mini Jackpot when appearing 5 times in an active line.
These Chinese letters substitute for all symbols except the jackpot, bonus, and free spin icons to form winning payouts. The letters also form a 150 coin win when appearing 5 times in a line.
Featuring red tassels hanging on the sides, this decorated lantern pays 200 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 12 for 3.
Featuring red trim and letters, this gold coin delivers 150 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 12 for 3.
A pure gold coin, this symbol offers 120 coins for 5 symbols, 30 for 4, and 12 for 3.
The first in a series of multi colored letters, the A pays 100 coins for 5 symbols, 30 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The K delivers 80 coins for 5 symbols, 25 for 4, and 10 for 3.
This letter pays 60 coins for 5 symbols, 25 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The J and 10 pay 50 coins for 5 symbols, 20 for 4, and 10 for 3.
This string of fireworks pays scatter prizes based on your total triggering bet. Scatter payouts include: 100x your bet for 5 symbols, 30x for 4, and 5x for 3.
A blue dragon head like the ones worn in Chinese New Year celebrations, this symbol triggers free spins when appearing at least 3 times on the reels.
This pile of gold ingots triggers the bonus round when landing 3 or more times. It's appropriate that ingots are the bonus symbol because they're also key to the bonus game.
When compared to other slot machines, Jackpot's symbols feature above average graphics. The best designed icons include the gold coin, key, lantern, red and gold coin, and treasure chest.
While these symbols look nice, Jackpot isn't on par with most other 777igt slot machines in this department.
777igt has a knack for producing amazing symbol quality, but Jackpot isn't one of their top efforts.
Jackpot Slot Bonus Features
Jackpot slot lives up to its name by offering three of the biggest progressive jackpots in online gaming. You can also trigger free spins and a second screen bonus, which are explained below.
When you get free games with 3 or more blue dragons, a voice announces them and the reels begin spinning. You receive 15 free spins for 5 symbols, 10 for 4, and 5 for 3.
Problems with these free spins include a lack of extra frills (i.e. multipliers, new background) and no control over the reels. Regardless, nobody will complain when the free games are triggered.
The bonus round takes you into an elaborate palace, where you'll see Caishen sitting in a chair with a huge smile on his face. The background features a well decorated banquet hall with red carpet and an open door in the distance.
In the foreground, you'll see a table with five gold ingots. The game prompts you to hit each ingot with a hammer to reveal prizes
Every time an ingot opens up and turns golden, you earn a payout and continue selecting. But if the ingot is smashed, the bonus ends and you collect your credits.
Overall, this is a fun second screen bonus that reflects the work 777igt put into this game.
Our only problem is that the game forces you to choose each ingot in succession, starting from the left. Most slot bonuses like this let you choose any object on the screen.
Most will be pleased with Jackpot's progressive prizes, which include the following at the time of this review:
Mega Jackpot = $1,315,906 Minor Jackpot = $662,953 Mini Jackpot = $438,635
In terms of sheer numbers, Jackpot perfectly embodies its theme with prizes ranging from $438k to $1.31 million. 777igt is the only slots provider we've seen that includes three jackpots this big in each game.
We must point out, though, that the Mega, Minor, and Mini Jackpots aren't specific to Jackpot slot. This puts a damper on the name since you can find these prizes in dozens of 777igt games.
Nevertheless, Jackpot is connected to both six figure and seven figure jackpots, so the title isn't misleading.
Paylines can be changed from 5 25 in increments of 5, while coin size can be adjusted from $0.01 to $2.00. This makes the minimum wager worth $0.05 and the max bet worth $50.00.
Betting options are changed with plus and minus buttons underneath the reels. In comparison to some of 777igt's other slot machines, these plus/minus buttons are easier to use because they always respond when clicked.
When you click the auto spin button, a box appears and allows you to click between 10 and infinity spins. If you choose infinity spins, remember to click the Stop button at some point to protect your bankroll.
Also note that you can speed up play by quickly clicking Spin and Stop. This is much faster than using auto spin, but the downside is that you have to manually click the whole time.
The last option includes the ability to turn volume up or down with the speaker button. The speaker features a sliding bar, making it easy to get the volume exactly where you want it.
After playing Jackpot for roughly 250 spins, we found the win frequency to be above average. Most of the wins are small and result in net losses when you're playing all 25 pay lines.
But this is counteracted by how many times you trigger the bonus, free spins, and scatter payouts. The free games and scatter prizes especially occur at a high frequency, giving you a high chance of winning.
We quit with a $2 profit, which was aided by a $15 bonus payout near the end.
Thanks to the frequent bonuses, low rollers can safely play 25 pay lines at $0.01 to $0.05 per line.
The main rules for Jackpot slot are as follows:
- Payouts form going left to right, beginning with the leftmost reel. Scatter payouts and bonus symbols are an exception because they trigger rewards from anywhere on the reels.
- Jackpots can only be triggered when you land 5 respective symbols in an active line.
- Wins are multiplied by your triggering bet per line. Here's an example: you wager $1 per line and win 100 coins, making your payout worth $100.00.
- Free spins are played at the triggering number of pay lines and coin size.
Comparison to Similar Slot Machines
One game that we've chosen to compare with Jackpot is Realtime Gaming's Lucky 8 because they're both Asian themed games.
The other comparison is to Microgaming's Mega Moolah since we want to show how Jackpot's progressive prizes rank against the industry's largest.
If ever there were a game that should be called jackpot, it's Mega Moolah. This 5 reel, 25 pay line game is legendary for creating more millionaires than any other online slot machine.
Mega Moolah is the game where Jon Heywood won his record breaking fortune, and it regularly creates several 8 figure winners every year.
777igt's Mega Jackpot is massive, but it will never measure up to the Mega Moolah prizes that top $10 million on an annual basis.
Where 777igt does have an advantage, though, is its Minor and Mini Jackpots - both of which are far bigger than Mega Moolah's Major, seeded at $10k, Minor, seeded at $100, and Mini Jackpots, $10.
In terms of game quality, Jackpot reigns supreme due to its detailed background and solid symbols. Mega Moolah is a fun, African themed adventure, but it's also a dated game with below average graphics.
If you want to try for the biggest online progressive jackpot available, then play Mega Moolah. But if you want to play for three big prizes and experience superior game quality, then we recommend Jackpot slot.
Lucky 8 is a 5 reel, 25 pay line slot machine that deals with feudal China.
We immediately like the theme better in this slot because it tells a story through characters like the emperor, princess, solider, and Great Wall of China. We also enjoy the music's solemn tone, which makes this feel like a kingdom that's always in danger.
Two areas where Lucky 8 falls short is its background and symbol graphics. Although fine for an average slot, they don't come close to the detail offered in Jackpot.
The features are also mediocre since you can only trigger free spins and scatter payouts. Although we appreciate being able to trigger these, it would be nice if Lucky 8 had a second screen bonus too.
As for jackpots, this slot features a Major and Minor Jackpot. These should both be called minor, though, because the Major Jackpot is only worth $3,049 at this time.
While Lucky 8 has a good theme with characters that back it up, this slot is ranks average or worse in every other category. For this reason, we recommend choosing Jackpot first.
Jackpot should be plural because it features three progressive jackpots that can make you wealthy. As discussed before, these prizes range from $438k to $1.31 million, which are life changing amounts for most people.
Beyond the jackpots, this game has several other good qualities that make it worthwhile, including the background, music, and features.
777igt did a great job of creating a detailed background that gives you something to look at other than the reels. The music offers a nice range of sounds and never gets on our nerves, even after playing for around 250 spins.
Our favorite feature is the second screen bonus, which shows Caishen enjoying himself in a palace setting.
Downsides to this game include generic animations and sound effects during winning payouts. Also, 777igt didn't do as good of a job with the symbols as they normally do.
But despite these downsides, Jackpot is worth playing whether you want to chase life changing prizes or just appreciate a good Asian themed slot machine.