If a genie granted you just three wishes, what would they be? Perhaps you’d be looking for a progressive slot, from renowned developers Playtech, with an RTP of a whopping 96.53%. If that sounds like you, Genie Jackpots could well be the game to answer your dreams.
Middle Eastern themes are pretty common in slots, and there’s a sort of faux-Middle Eastern vibe going on with this slot – think Aladdin and you won’t be too far from the mark. Shiny lamps, Arabian swords, magic carpets and treasure chests are the order of the day, and you almost expect the late Robin Williams’ genie to burst onto your screen at any minute. While this Genie-themed extravaganza isn’t in any way affiliated with the Disney classic, it very much has that feel to it, in terms of the graphics, gameplay and animations.
Behind the design, this is a game that sets up with a standard five reels, across which 20 paylines can be played for winning combinations. The paylines are fixed, so they are all always active with any spin. With bets ranging from £0.20 to £200 per spin, there’s up to £100,000 available to be won from the base game alone, before you consider the whopping great big progressive jackpot that lends this slot the ‘Jackpot’ part of its name.
The RTP percentage is breathtakingly high for a progressive slot, towering as it does at 96.53% – that’s less than 3.5% of a house edge, which is better than even some table games. While most players, I’m sure, play Genie Jackpot because they enjoy the concept, or they’ve played similarly themed slots like Arabian Nights, there are some who simply hunt for the best and biggest progressive jackpots, and find themselves here.
With the jackpot constantly increasing until it’s won, and a random chance as you play through of landing yourself the big one, there’s a lot to be said for giving it a spin if you want the win. There have been 9 progressive jackpot wins so far on this slot, with £2,249,420 the current record – a life-changing amount of money in anyone’s wallet. With an average progressive win of £716,824, you don’t even have to break a new record to change your life.
So how do you win the progressive then? The answer lies in understanding the feature symbols, which will also help you complete higher value winning combinations in the base game.
The game’s wild symbol is the monkey, somewhat reminiscent (but sufficiently different) from Abu in Aladdin. His biggest trick is switching in place of any icons you’re otherwise missing, which makes it easier to complete your paylines and walk away quids in from any given spin. The monkey substitutes for anything you’re missing, with the exception of the scatter symbol, which can only stand alone.
The scatter, or bonus symbol in Genie Jackpot is the Genie Jackpots symbol, and this will trigger your entry into the bonus features. There are two complementary symbols here – the magic carpet bonus symbol, and the mystery win bonus symbol.
The magic carpet appears on reel 5, and if you have two other bonus symbols in play on reels 1 and 3, you’ll get access to the Magic Carpet bonus. This is a ‘pick-me’ style bonus, where players move the monkey along the screen by picking out from a selection of magic carpets. Cash prizes are available, and the game continues until you land on ‘Collect’, or until you reach ‘Big Money’.
There’s also the Mystery Win feature, which comes when you land the treasure chest symbol on reel 5 alongside the others on reels 1 and 3, with the net result being a prize of up to 100x your stake.
The main bonus round is the Three Wishes Power Spin, and it’s a random event that can pop up on your screen at any time throughout the game. Three genie’s lamps appear, and you simply choose one to rub, and in the process reveal the prize that stands behind it.
There are multiple different prizes available, including Genie Wilds and a Respin, Genie Wilds and All Wins Doubled (for a 2x multiple on your wins), Infectious Monkey Wilds, which adds more monkey wilds to the reels, which can then spread across further reels, and the elusive Progressive Jackpot Award – which, as you’ve probably guessed by now, is usually good news.
There’s also the chance to trigger the Bonus Awards feature from this round too, which skips you straight into the Magic Carpet or Treasure Chest bonus rounds detailed above.
There’s a lot to enjoy about Genie Jackpots, even beyond the potential for substantial payouts from the progressive jackpot. The in-game features are strong, and the possibility that these could crop up at random points is a good enough incentive to keep coming back for more. If you’re a fan of other Arabian themed slots or Playtech slots in general, this is one that you’re sure to enjoy. It’s available right here at Party Online Casino!