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Released August 2020
The Jackpot Express slot is produced by Yggdrasil Gaming. Yggdrasil Gaming take their name from Norse mythology where Yggdrasil is a magical tree where dragons lived and Odin sacrificed himself. Yggdrasil Gaming are one of the smaller slot development companies on the market at the moment – primarily focusing on lottery and scratch card game – and do not offer a full casino platform. They lease their games out to casinos using other platforms as a bolt on package. Yggdrasil Gaming publish the Return to Player/House Edge of their slots games within the game help file. The House Edge of Jackpot Express is 3.8%.
Jackpot Express is a 5 reel game that is 3 symbols high. It has 20 paylines, playing from left to right.
This is a period piece, with the period in question being the 1920s. You can see this through the way the characters dress and you can hear it through the piano music that plays in the background. Add the this the fact that the slot is set on a paddle steamer and you have the perfect mix of 1920s excess and a slot entertainment.
Wild – The Wild symbol will substitute for all symbols other than Bonus symbols.
Bonus – The Bonus symbol can award either the Jackpot Bonus or Free Spins when you land 3 or more of them on the reels. You will be awarded one of them at random and it is worth noting that the Bonus symbols only land on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Jackpot – If you win a chance to play the Jackpot then you will be given a chance to spin the wheel. There are 3 levels on the wheel, each one with instant cash prizes, the Jackpot for that level or an arrow to take you up to the next level, or win you a different Jackpot. There are no jackpots on the first level. On the second you will find the Mini Jackpot. On the 3rd, you will find the Side Jackpot and the Major Jackpot. You win the Mini Jackpot by land the Mini sign, you win the Side Jackpot by landing the Side sign and you land the Major Jackpot by landing an arrow on the 3rd level.
If you win the Free Spins bonus then there are 3 different versions that you might land. However, in each of them you will be given 10 Free Spins.
Card Spins – At the start of the each spin 2 cards are drawn. If your card is worth more than the dealers then a Sticky Wild will be added to the reels.
Dice Free Spins – After every winning spin 2 dice are rolled and the total is applied as a multiplier.
Roulette Free Spins – Before each spin a roulette wheel is spun, which will award one of the following prizes: An extra Free Spin, 2 extra Free Spins, a x2 multiplier, a x3 multiplier, a sticky Wild added to the reels or various instant cash wins. You can also win nothing.
I love the look and the sound of this slot, that looks like something taken form the pages of the Great Gatsby. The colours are bright and the characters are quirky. You get a Jackpot, Wilds and 3 different Free Spins games, so there is plenty to keep you engaged, albeit nothing all that inventive. The house edge is fairly standard.