Jackpot Ultra Pokie Review
This 3-reel 5-payline pokie by Betsoft is a digital replica of an old-school fruit machine also known as an AWP slot. Its appearance is the same as of land-based slots yet it is a full-fledged Internet era item compatible with PC, laptops and mobile and is readily available to play for real money in online casinos. It features interesting gameplay with two sets of reels, wins reaching $1000 in a base round, a nudge feature, a gamble feature and a progressive jackpot. An Aussie will find it a very appealing incarnation of an “amusement with prizes” type of slots: it is indeed amuses and generates prizes. Both ends are met with few rules and tips presented below.
Gameplay: two sets of reels
To start, one has to decide on the value of coins between $0.01 and $1.00 with the Choose Coin button. Before the very first spin, the button is conveniently shown with a moving arrow which disappears after a click on that area. Then you select the number of active lines. Clicking Bet changes values (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 are available, or up to $10 per spin). To maximize wins, you should always bet 10 coins in order to activate all the five paylines. The Spin button makes the reels rotate; the same is done with the Max Bet button, the difference being that it sets the bet at 10 coins and starts the reels immediately upon clicking.
Pokie symbols: does it ring the bell?
There are familiar icons found on old-school slot machines in land-based casinos and arcades. There are Pears and Cherries (pay x20), Grapes (x40), Watermelons (x80), Sevens (x100), Oranges (x200) and Bells which pay x1000 (up to $1000 at a $1 coin value). The payouts are constantly on display, so one is always aware what the stakes are. The symbols pay when there are 3 matching icons per line; 5 paylines are available for betting, 3 horizontal and 2 diagonal.
The winner takes it all: three options
A win in a base round opens three options: collect the win with a Collect control, use a Transfer control to transfer the win to the second set of reels with a nudge feature, or double the win in the Heads or Tails feature. “Collect” sends the win right to a gambler’s balance, end of story; one may proceed with base rounds. The second option is much more intriguing and technically amazing so let us consider it under a separate heading.
Reels with a nudge: nudge a symbol, get a win
A win in any base spin is meant for betting on the second, smaller reel set. Unless you decide to click Collect or Spin, a win in base round starts a spin of the second reel set that features the same icons as the bigger reels. But bets here are higher, 20, 40 and 60 coins with 1, 2 or 3 nudges respectively. The nudge is a sort of a life-saving device: when one symbol is short for winning, a nudge pushes reels up or down to complete winning lines. This is of great help and immensely improves the chances for winning while not requiring any advanced skills or special prowess on the part of a gambler.
Heads or Tails: double it up!
Again, a win in a base round, as well as wins earned on the second reel set may be doubled in a gamble feature. If a win is earned in a base round, a gamble feature is activated right away: two coins on the interface begin flashing and two control, Heads and Tails, activate and flash. A bet on Heads or Tails is made by pressing a respective control. Moreover, you may adjust the amount of bet with a Transfer control and bet only half of your win. You may double endlessly until your luck lasts or stop after any successful try by clicking Collect. A win earned on the second reel set may also be doubled! To do so, you should click Transfer after a win and here it is: the feature is activated and respective controls (Heads or Tails) are flashing.
Wins in a gamble mode may be bet again on the second reel set by pressing the Transfer control. This is quite a development: the goal is to play with better chances and these are better on the second reel set thanks to a nudge feature. The idea is to put as much money there as possible; maneuvering among base round wins, the gamble feature and the second reel set, you may hold on for quite a long time on the second reel set where the winning chances are higher. That would look like this: bet 10 coins in a base spin and win 80, double it up to 160 in a gamble feature, transfer 160 coins to the second set of reels and play with nudges to earn it big!
The best of the best: Progressive jackpot
A rare bird, progressive jackpot, is a built-in feature in this pokie. A very special symbol, Joker, is meant for it. Landing 3 Jokers on an active payline wins the jackpot. The amount of jackpot depends on your chosen coin denomination. To understand how this amount relates to a coin value, switch between coin value to see how the jackpot value changes on par. Having considered this, select the most appropriate coin value and go get the progressive jackpot!
Bottom line on Jackpot Ultra
The 3-reel 5-payline pokie by Betsoft is a powerful remedy to heel nostalgia for old-school fruit machines found at land-based casinos. It features two reel sets, base wins up to $1000 at a $10 wager, a gamble feature, a nudge feature and a progressive jackpot. All in all, these features make the pokie worth sticking around for a while or for long. This depends on personal preferences yet whatever time is spent around this pokie, it is going to be fun.