Jackpot Giant is a 5-reel, 50-payline online slot developed by Playtech and released in January 2014. The game features a progressive jackpot that has helped it quickly become very popular among players all over the world.
Jackpot Giant’s theme represents a beautiful island full of riches, which has become a place of residence of a jolly giant. The design approach of Playtech seem to be changed a bit, and features bright colours and cartoonish-like style. The developer has used a more modern approach in order to create the transparent reels set on the landscape of the beautiful and affluent island.
Jackpot Giant has a massive 50 paylines across the 5×3 grid. That means there are improved odds on your landing wins as you spin your way towards that massive progressive jackpot.
Coins range between 0.01 and 0.08 for a minimum and maximum stake of 0.5 to 4.0 – and you’ll need to be playing the maximum stake of £4 to qualify to play for the progressive jackpot. The top fixed jackpot is also a healthy £50,000 when you land all five Bonus symbols on a payline playing at a lower line bet. This is a low-volatility slot, so if you’re not interested in the progressive jackpot you’ll trigger plenty of smaller wins playing with a lower stake and make your gaming experience – and your bankroll – last longer to boot.
You can customise Jackpot Giant to meet your own style of play. There’s the autoplay option for up to 99 spins or until a feature hits, and turbo mode to cram in the maximum amount of gameplay when you only have a few minutes to spare. Hit the info button – the boulder – to access the paytable, paylines and info on the Giant Bonus and, of course, the Giant Jackpot that’s either fixed at £50,000 or the sky’s the limit if you play the maximum stake for the progressive jackpot. It’s easy to adjust your line bet using the on screen button.
The central feature of the Playtech title is the Giant Jackpot feature. This is a progressive jackpot and it could put several millions in your pocket. First of all, you need to trigger the jackpot, which is not an easy task. Gamers need to land five Wilds on payline 1 to win the jackpot and go home with their bags packed with gold.
The other feature offered by the Jackpot Giant video slot is the Giant Bonus. Bonus symbols appear only on reels 1 and 5 and once punters land both of them on the reels, the Giant Bonus will be triggered. Players get to pick among six volcanoes. They will get three picks and each pick will get them coin wins, Extra Pick or Win ‘Em All, which gives you all the prizes offered by the volcanoes. The good people of Playtech also mention the Mystery Bonus, triggered when 2, 3 or 4 Giants Hand symbols land on the reels. The Hands toss the coins and give prizes.
Players can easily recognize the Wild symbol of the game, which is to appear on all reels and substitute the rest of the symbols apart from the scatter and the bonus symbol.
The Scatter symbol is actually the hand of the Giant, holding some golden coins. Hitting the scatter here is different in comparison to most slots, because hitting three or more such symbols will not unlock a Free spins feature because Jackpot Giant does not have such a feature.
The Bonus symbol in the game is the Volcano. When hit anywhere on reels 1 and 5, the symbol will unlock the only bonus game provided by Jackpot Giant, called the Giant Bonus.
The player is taken to a different screen displaying the main character of the game – the Giant – standing behind six smoking volcanoes in a row. The player is required to choose a total of three volcanoes in order to get a cash prize. When the player is making their choice, the Giant flicks a coin into the chosen volcano and the player’s prize is revealed. There is also a possibility of striking a special reward – another free pick.
In order for the player to get access to the progressive jackpot offered by the game, they are required to be playing at the maximum bet (denomination) level per line. In case that the player chooses to make a smaller bet, they will win a fixed amount, which is calculated by the x50,000 index.
The progressive jackpot is won when five of the Gold Wild Symbols are hit on payline one. This means that the symbols need to be landed crosswise across the middle row. It is collected starting from the initial amount of €100,000 by deductions from the bets. The total amount of the progressive jackpot is displayed right above the reels in the original game.
From the big and bold HD cinematic opening to the carefully drawn graphics, we love the look of this game. Not only is it consistent with the vaguely prehistoric theme, but it’s a real pleasure to watch the reels spin thanks to the crisp, clean and colourful graphics. The opening animation wouldn’t look out of place in a movie, and the same sense of quality carries over into the game itself.
There are the usual card symbols which here are rendered as 3D boulders that shatter as you spin up a winning combination to expose the hidden gems beneath the surface. Then there’s the Giant himself – a stacked symbol that either shows him surrounded by cool and shady palms or lit up by a fiery volcano – plus his giant hand grasping a heaping pile of gold. Add a few gems, a bonus and a wild and you have the rest of the paytable. The bold cartoony style, not least in the character of the ever-smiling, laid-back Giant himself, adds a lot of humour and style to this slot.
The Playtech product boasts crisp graphics and a fitting soundtrack and gamers will have the impression that they are actually back in the Stone Age. Even though there are no free spins on the offer, the Giant Jackpot feature and the Giant Bonus feature will keep you busy, as well as the possible payout of 50,000 coins for five Wilds on a payline. However, the betting range will probably not satisfy the needs of high rollers, with the maximum possible bet set at £4 per spin. Even so, a chance to become a millionaire for such a reasonable price will be tempting enough for every punter out there.