Jungle Mega Moolah: Slot Overview
Developer Microgaming has parcelled out design duties to several partner studios to bulk up the range connected to the famous Mega Moolah network. This time, it's a small independent developer going by the name Aurum Signature Studios that's been assigned the duty of giving the original a well needed face-lift. The original Mega Moolah is getting on a bit in years, and it shows. The reboot, Jungle Mega Moolah, is a huge improvement graphically speaking where everything has been refined. The animal symbols are interesting, they’re more realistic than before, yet at the same time, they retain a cartoony look which lends personality and link back to the original.
Played using the original 5-reel, 25-payline set up, the backdrop is made up of a thick jungle background, making a shift from the parched savannah surrounds from before. Microgaming has largely done away with music during the base game, opting for low-level jungle sounds instead. Make it to free spins though, and the backing band kicks it up a gear.
Players can try their luck on any device, by selecting bets from 0.25 p/c to £/€6.25 per spin. Betting on Jungle Mega Moolah is slightly more strategic than it usually is. Not only do you have to keep your bankroll in mind, but also consider that the higher the bet, the greater your chance of triggering the Jackpot Wheel. As before, the game hovers on a medium volatility, producing an RTP value of 88.12% which also includes 5.30% as jackpot contribution.
Most players will spin Jungle Mega Moolah for the Mega Jackpot, but let’s look at regular line wins while we are here. This occurs when three or more matching symbols land adjacently, made up of 10-A royals for the low pays, then a bunch of animals including frogs, lemurs, leopards, bears and the game’s logo as the highs. Hitting five of a kind lines from the premium lot are worth payouts from 10 to 30 times your stake. Making the rest of the symbols look like chump change is the wild where five on a line will net you 600x the bet. As well as being worth the most, the wild replaces any pay symbol to complete a win.
Jungle Mega Moolah: Slot Features
If you’ve ever tried your luck on the originally Mega Moolah game, then nothing we say here will be new. Aside from the monster jackpot, players get a round of free spins to build up a few secondary wins along the way. To access them, you’ll need to land 3 or more scatters to be awarded 15 free spins. As well as getting to the bonus round, a consolation prize of 2x, 3x, 20x, or 100x the bet is added on top when 2, 3, 4, or 5 scatters are in view. Two important rules govern free spins - one good the other not so much. First, the value of all wins during free spins is multiplied by x3. Secondly, it is not possible to win jackpots from a free spin.
That makes the base game more desirable than it normally is since only paid spins can trigger the Jackpot Wheel. Activated randomly on any spin, the game cuts to a different screen displaying a 20 part wheel covered in prizes. There are 4 up for grabs – the Mini, Minor, Major, and the Mega which has one solitary red segment. The next part is easy in theory - the wheel spins and what it lands on is yours. Because the jackpots are progressive, they are constantly growing players feed the pot and can reach several millions of Euros in value.
Jungle Mega Moolah: Slot Verdict
It seems Microgaming has stuck to the template when designing Jungle Mega Moolah. It reads like the original, from stats to features, making it pretty much a clone. The main difference aside from the higher resolution graphics is the new herd of animals and the wetter location. For most jackpot chasers that’s good news because the main event, the tremendous stack of credits, is as alluring as ever.
They might have taken the easy road yet it’s hard to knock Microgaming really. The Mega Moolah formula has suited them fine for over a decade now. On the other hand, was there much point in a reboot? Sure, the production is slicker, yet it loses some of the raggedy charm of the past. But hey, it’s hitting the million Euro prizes that count around here, the rest of the game is basically a sideshow anyway. And to be fair, despite all the other additions to the Mega Moolah network, the original (therefore Jungle Mega Moolah as well) has one of the better bonus games attached to keep players entertained when it triggers.
So if you’re going to chase the dream it's better to do it on this one or the original? The choice boils down to whether you want the slapstick antics of the older one, or the more professional environment of the jungle version. Since players have the same chance of striking it rich on both, it doesn’t make much, if any, difference.
Jungle Mega Moolah makes it a little bit more fun to spin for the jackpot although underneath the hood, everything remains virtually the same.