One of Microgaming’s earliest progressive jackpot pokies, the King Cashalot slot combines straightforward gameplay and visuals with potentially huge jackpot prizes. A quick and easy-to-play game, the progressive jackpot prize averages around NZD$900,000.
Microgaming’s King Cashalot slots game is 5 reel, 9 payline progressive jackpot video pokie with a set coin size of 0.05, and players can choose to play between 1-5 coins per line, meaning the maximum bet is $2.25 (with a minimum bet of 0.05). However, it should be noted that in order to win the progressive jackpot, you need to play the maximum number of coins and paylines. Wins pay left to right (except for scatter wins which pay anywhere on the reels) and are multiples of the line bet (scatter wins are multiples of total bet).
The progressive jackpot on the King Cashalot casino game starts at $100,000 but it has no upper limit and continues to grow until it is won (at which time, it re-sets).
To win the progressive jackpot, you need to hit 5x King symbols on payline 9, which is why it is imperative to play all the lines. You also need to be playing the maximum number of 5 coins per line to be in the running for the jackpot.
Aside from the progressive jackpot, other major payouts include up to 75,000 coins (up to $3,750) for hitting 5x King wild symbols on paylines 1-8, and up to 2,000 coins (up to $100) for hitting 5x Queen symbols with the wild King symbol substituting. Overall, King Cashalot is a high volatility game with an average RTP of 90.45%
As well as the progressive jackpot, another special feature is the Treasure Bonus round (there is no King Cashalot free spins bonus feature), which is triggered by hitting 3x Dragon scatter symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4. The feature is played as a separate game, where on a new screen the King Cashalot character appears with 8 treasure chests. You select one and it reveals a cash value, which will be between 2x – 24x the total bet (between $5.50 – $54 when betting the max). You then have the option either to accept this payout, or you can decide to risk it and choose again (up to two more times) in order to go for a bigger win – however, you do risk selecting a chest that contains a lower value prize.
Other special features in the King Cashalot slot include the fact that all wins featuring the wild symbol are doubled, a jackpot meter that updates in real time so that you always know how much the progressive jackpot is worth, and the ability to play the game in auto play.
The biggest win to date on the King Cashalot casino game is NZD$2.2 million, which was won in April 2011. The most recent big win was NZD$1.3 million in August 2016, while the average jackpot payout is about NZD$900,000 and is won roughly every twelve months.
It’s important to remember that the maximum number of coins and paylines need to be played to be able to win the progressive jackpot.
King Cashalot’s setting is a fun medieval banquet, with comic characters such as the King, Queen, Jester and a Knight all portrayed in a bright and colourful cartoon style. Other symbols include food from the feast, like roast turkeys and hams, huge puddings and bowls of fruit. In the background throughout, you can hear the revellers enjoying the banquet accompanied by a medieval-style music soundtrack. This is punctuated with loud trumpet blasts on winning spins which add to the drama and excitement. Overall, the look and feel of the game is meant to be fun and light-hearted, and doesn’t have any of the dark overtones of some pokies games with medieval themes.
Although the King Cashalot slot looks and plays a little dated now in comparison with new generation video pokies, this is largely irrelevant, as the game’s stand out feature is undoubtedly its progressive jackpot. For many, its appeal also lies in the fact that King Cashalot offers straightforward gameplay with a quick and simple bonus feature, so that there are no real distractions from the main action.