Mega Fortune is a leviathan amongst online casino games. NetEnt’s flagship jackpot slot has turned scores of ordinary everyday folk with two eyes, a nose and a mouth into instant millionaires. It vies with Mega Moolah for the affections of high rollers and big dosh dreamers. Both slots can claim to have generated a world record payout, depending on how you calculate fluctuating exchange rates. Such gravitas is understandably welcome, but we prefer to extol the virtues of both these progressive jackpots. They represent your best chance of turning a fun hobby into a life-changing event.
WHAT IS THE MEGA FORTUNE JACKPOT SLOT ABOUT?
Of course, you should never expect to win big on any online casino, let alone a jackpot slot. Given that the headline selling point of Mega Fortune is the potential 7-figure coin drop but it comes along so rarely, it’s important that the gameplay is spot on to keep you interested. You could say that NetEnt are dangling a rather large carrot in front of you in terms of the game’s design. Its symbols reflect the luxury life that only jackpot could bring. There’s popping champagne bottles, speedboats that whizz across the screen and glistening diamond rings. The razzamatazz is just about alluring enough to make you forget about the awful ‘80s quiz show’ soundtrack.
The High Life theme brings structure to the main game, which is laid out in a standard 5×3 reel grid with 25 paylines. It has a bundle of bonus features that keep players engaged but it’s the jackpot game that will get tongues wagging. Like Mega Moolah, you leave the main game to play for the jackpot. NetEnt have come up with a clever concept based around three different wheels of fortune. The wheel spins, you press stop whenever you like and if a wheel comes to a rest on an arrow symbol, you proceed to the next wheel. You need to make it all the way to the centre to win the Mega Jackpot – and there are two smaller jackpots up for grabs as well (as well as some chunky coin wins).
MEGA FORTUNE BONUS FEATURES
The grandeur of the jackpot game sits atop some solid foundations. That’s because the Mega Fortune main game plays like a standard video slot in its own right – with some savvy bonus features to back it up. There’s nothing groundbreaking about these features, but they are unusually generous for a jackpot game. NetEnt have applied multipliers up to x5 to all winnings earned in the free spins round for a start. It’s a feature that can keep you in the green while you’re waiting for the bonus game.
WILD WINS WITH X5 MULTIPLIER
The little speedboat symbol acts as the wild and races off when it creates a winning line, leaving a trail of coins in its wake. Like all wilds, it behaves like the joker in a pack of cards and substitutes for other symbols to create some hits. Expect these little beauties to regularly pop up to prolong your game and keep you in the hunt for the jackpot.
SCATTERS, FREE SPINS WITH MULTIPLIERS
The wilds will contribute to frequent small wins but it’s the free spins round that can boost your bank balance several times over. You need three or more Champagne bottle scatter symbols to trigger your free spins, which begin with a pick n’ click game. Here, you get to choose a box to reveal a mystery multiplier between x2 and x5 in size. The multiplier is applied to all wins in the round and you have 15 free spins to play with. Two or more additional scatters will activate further free spins if you land them during your initial run.
HOW DOES THE MEGA FORTUNE JACKPOT BONUS GAME WORK?
The main game features are great but it’s time to get down to the juicy stuff. Those Mega Fortune jackpots. You need three or more Roulette Wheel symbols to enter the bonus game. There, you’re met by the ultimate three-wheeler (sorry Robin Reliant fans) and your thrust straight into the jackpot game.
As we mentioned before, there are three Mega Fortune progressive jackpots – the Mega, the Major and the Rapid. They all peak at decreasing top end values, with the rapid typically offering amounts in the hundreds, the Major frequently reaching tens of thousands and the Mega nearly always sitting pretty at a million or more (frequently a lot more).
You need to land an arrow on all three wheels to access the Mega – a feat about as rare as rocking horse poo of course. The other two jackpots sit on the third wheel, but there are lots of other big prize amounts too, ranging from 100 coins to 7500 coins. Depending on your bet level, these wins can offer pocket you bigger prizes than the rapid jackpot.
WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING ON MEGA FORTUNE?
Nobody in their right mind can rock up on a jackpot slot and expect to hit the megabucks prize. But as unlikely as it is, it’s not impossible and it’s that little, nagging ‘somebody has to win it’ thought that keeps so many engaged with the slot. We love the fact that your chances of winning Mega Fortune aren’t at all affected by the size of your stake.
Whether you bet 0.25 or 100 per spin, the odds are the same, although you’ll pocket smaller wins along the way of course. Especially in the bonus game. You should remember that the biggest ever win on Mega Fortune (some £13 million) came from a 0.25 spin and similar stories of small stake glory abound. This is very much the ‘people’s jackpot slot’. Plus, all those wilds and free spins multipliers contribute to an RPG of 96.6% so it’s no riskier than a standard video slot.
OUR VERDICT ON MEGA FORTUNE
Those last points are very important. High rollers mightn’t like it, but the fact that you stand an equal chance of winning on Mega Fortune from a small stake ensure the game’s wide appeal. Your only eligible for the jackpot if you bet the maximum amount of some slots like Major Millions. Even Mega Moolah is variable, with your chances of swanning off with the big prize increasing with your spin value. Allied to an exciting bonus game that builds tension like no other and some nifty main game features, the allure of the even playing field keeps Mega Fortune towards the forefront of the jackpot slot market.