Mega Moolah Absolootly Mad: Overview
If there is one franchise that needs no introduction it is the Mega Moolah network. If you’ve spent any amount of time feeding coins into slots, you have probably wondered what it would be like to win the Mega Jackpot. And it’s no wonder; Mega Moolah has paid out over €1 billion in prizes since its inception, including scores of million+ payouts. Shoot, one lucky Canadian punter picked up over $20 million in one hit in January 2019. Just for fun, let’s take a moment to visualise what that would be like and meet up in the next paragraph...
Right, now back to earth and the task at hand which is putting the latest addition to the Mega Moolah line-up through its paces. The slot is cleverly titled Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah and is developed by Microgaming partner Triple Edge Studios. Having the words ‘Mega’ and ‘Moolah’ in the title will probably be enough for hordes of gamblers to have a crack. But, since most players aren’t going to strike the big one, it’s still worth going over what the rest of the game has to offer.
Apologies if this sounds shallow, but it starts with looks. Triple Edge has gone with CS Lewis’ classic tale Alice in Wonderland to theme the game. Not the first developer to do so, but they have done a decent job recreating the wacky world. This is predominantly achieved by the outsized mushrooms in the background and plenty of Wonderland imagery on the reels. Speaking of reels, Absolootly Mad comes with a classic layout of 5 reels and 3 rows. Winning combinations are formed when three or more matching symbols land consecutively from the first reel, and they can land on any row, which means there are 243 ways to win.
Ten regular symbols have been invited to this tea party - 4 low and 6 high pays. Low pays are 10-A royals that have been designed to look like plush, leather-bound chairs. The high pays are more theme-based and include a pocket watch, teacups, a butterfly, the white rabbit, and a Cheshire cat cake. The most valuable of the bunch is a hatter who actually does look unsettlingly mad, and is worth 10 times the stake for five of a kind.
Taking part in the Mad Hatter’s shindig costs from 20 p/c and maxes out at £/€50 per spin. Players will be happy to know that they can technically win the Mega Jackpot using bet levels of any size, however, the bigger the bet, the better the chance of triggering the Jackpot Wheel.
Brace for the RTP which is traditionally low when dealing with slots that pack such epic rewards. For a progressive jackpot of this size the RTP isn’t diabolical though at 92.02%. And let’s be frank, a significant number of players lining up to spin Absolootly Mad probably couldn’t care less what the RTP was anyway - the jackpot is king around here. Another critical part of the math model is volatility which has been tuned to a medium setting along with a win rate of 32.53%.
Mega Moolah Absolootly Mad: Features
The mad hatter brings a few other guests with him in the form of the features - many of which will feel familiar. The reason is that most of the base and bonus game features have been borrowed from Microgaming's Jungle Jim slot which in turn was inspired by the NetEnt classic Gonzo’s Quest.
It begins with the Rolling Reels feature. Here, winning symbols dissolve to allow new ones to fall into the vacated spots which gives players another chance to win. The Rolling Reels feature will continue to roll as long as new winners appear. This process also comes with a Multiplier Trail where the initial win comes with a multiplier of x1 and increases with each roll to x2, x3, and maxes out at x5. The multiplier resets when Rolls end and the next new spin takes place.
The second feature is a round of 8 Free Spins which is triggered when 3 door scatters land in view. During free spins, the Multiplier Trail starts at x3 and increases on consecutive rolls to x6, x9, and maxes out at x15. The bonus game can be extended up to a maximum of 48 additional free spins.
And now for the big show - the Jackpot feature. What you want here is the golden hat wild symbol. It appears on reels 2, 3, and 4 and can substitute for all symbols and does contribute to free spins triggers. Whenever a wild appears, it's collected in a pot that sits above the reels. When a Rolling Reels feature is complete, there is a chance for the Progressive Wheel to activate. If it is, the action moves to a jackpot wheel split into 20 segments, with one being the Mega Jackpot. The bare minimum seed values of the 4 jackpots are:
- Mini jackpot starts at £10.
- Minor Jackpot starts at £100.
- Major Jackpot starts at £10,000.
- Mega Jackpot starts at £1,000,000.
Keep in mind that these are the seed values which continually increase in value until some punter is lucky enough to win them and the jackpot journey can begin again.
Mega Moolah Absolootly Mad: Verdict
If we said that playing Mega Moolah Absolootly Mad was worse than waiting in an endless queue without a mobile device, would it prevent people from playing? Not a chance. Words have little effect against dreams and few slots can make dreams come true like those on the Mega Moolah network. The good news is that Absolootly Mad isn’t a bad game at all. In fact, it’s one of the better Moolah progressive jackpots to come our way recently. Of course, it does help that the borrowed features are proven favourites which help keep players entertained while watching the jackpots tick ever upwards.
So yeah, Absolootly Mad is a tad unoriginal, but at least it has a bonus game unlike the last Mega Moolah slot to cross the desk, Atlantean Treasures. Absolootly Mad’s bonus game and features might not be new, but they keep things ticking along and can even dish up okay wins in their own right of up to 2,343 times your stake.
At the end of the day, when you isolate Absolootly Mad from its jackpots, it might not be a great slot, but it isn’t half bad. The gameplay is dependably good, non-jackpot wins aren’t awful, and the overall result is a satisfying vehicle for Mega Moolah magic to go POP at any time.
Game title: Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah
● Reels: 5
● Rows: 3
● Paylines: 243
● RTP: 92.02%
● Hit Freq: 32.53%
● Max Payout: 2,343x (Excl Jackpots)
● Volatility: M
● Bets: 0.20 - 50 EUR
● Features: Rolling Reels, Multiplier Trail, Free Spins, Free Spins Multiplier Trail, Jackpot
● Release Date: May 5, 2020