King Cashalot

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that a game called King Cashalot is all about the winnings! This game is a progressive slot, which means that the more often people bet, the larger the jackpot pool (and potential payout) gets. The game is created and developed by Microgaming, which means you’re guaranteed a certain level of quality, and the theme is fun medieval style, not taking itself too seriously.  

Highlights

  • Slot type: progressive
  • Reels: 5
  • Scatter: Yes
  • Theme: null
  • Lines: 9
  • Bonus Game: yes
  • Wild Symbol: King Cashalot
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Software: Microgaming

How to Play   

You’re looking at a five reel, nine payline online slot machine, and players can also bet more than one coin per line, up to five, each one from 0.01 to 0.05. Like most progressive games, players will need to win on a maximum bet to be in with a chance of winning the progressive jackpot, but that’s only 0.45 per spin, making it an easy choice for low risk players or newbies to the game.  

All you need to win on a payline is 3 of the same symbol, and if you manage 4 or 5, the payouts triggered will be even bigger.  

There are three special symbols here to look out for as well.  

  • The Jester: He is a scatter symbol, and will award bonus spins if you uncover him. If you manage to collect 5 Jesters on the same screen, you will get 50 free spins! 
  • King Cashalot himself: The King acts as a wild, and substitutes for any other symbol to complete winning paylines.  
  • The Golden Dragon: Entry into the bonus round.  

The progressive jackpot is triggered by finding 5 King Cashalot symbols on the all-important 9th line.  

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The Game Experience 

Unlike some themed games: this one doesn’t take itself too seriously. The theme is an old medieval court, including large and grandiose feasts, the sights and sounds of royalty, and a look into a real kings banquet. As everything is animated, the cartoon feel gives it a fun and quirky edge, and the background music of guests who giggle and chatter, and music playing by the court musicians create a really relaxed mood.  

The symbols in play include: 

  • Queen 
  • Knight 
  • Damsel 
  • Roast Chicken 
  • Side of Ham 
  • Fruit Platter 
  • Jester 
  • King Cashalot 
  • Golden Dragon 

Visually, what will draw your eye to the board is the growing progressive jackpot at the top of the screen. There are also other simple buttons which include the lines and bets you want to select.  

If progressive jackpots get you all excited, (and who doesn’t qualify for this?) then try some of the other options from Microgaming, such as Fruit Fiesta and Cash Splash. If you particularly like the royal side of this game, then give Kings and Queens a try.  

Technology 

This is one of the oldest progressive slot games by Microgaming: So the graphics and effects might not live up to your expectations. Having said that, it’s still one of the most popular, and that’s not just because of the enviable progressive jackpot.  

The game is not suitable for mobile devices, so this is one for playing on your main laptop or desktop computer only.  

Jackpot 

A massive draw for this game is it’s regularly huge jackpot: which has often been more than 1,000,000 for lucky players. The minimum jackpot starts at 100,000, and then it will continue to grow until it has been paid out. The slot on average pays out once every 41 weeks, which is less often than some other Microgaming favourites such as Mega Moolah. The reason why people continue to flock to this one, however, is the small amount you need to wager in order to qualify. Even though you need to invoke the maximum bet, this can be as little as 0.45, which makes it the best progressive slot for low-risk players to get in on the action with.  

If the progressive jackpot seems a little out of reach: There are a lot of small wins which can be had playing the baseline and bonus games. 5 of the Queen symbol, for example, will payout 1,000 coins. Less lucrative but still worth getting excited over, 5 of the Knight symbol will award 500 coins, and 5 Damsel’s will trigger a win of 400 coins.  

Even if you don’t manage 5 Kings on the 9th payline, any kind of appearance from the kindly old man will still trigger some pretty great rewards. It ranges from 15 x your bet for two kings, to 15,000 x for five Kings.   

Special Features 

As well as the wilds and scatters, there is a bonus round in this game, which is triggered when you find the Golden Dragon. He will only appear on reels 2 and 4, and you need him to be on a payline to enter the bonus game.  

You’ll now see three treasure chests. Inside, are different prizes up for grabs. Here’s the hard part, you can only open one at a time, and you’ll need to decide whether to stick with what you’ve got or try the next one to see if you can improve on your winnings. In the bonus round, you’ll win more if your original bet was for more in the base game. This is because the winnings will be multiplied by the coins bet per payline, as well as the number of paylines you’ve bet on.  

Conclusion 

As one of Microgaming’s most popular progressive slots, this game isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The ratio of high payout to low stake makes it extremely popular with all players, and the bonus game and wild symbols add a fun and entertaining twist to this 5 reel game.