In a world where slots are about as common as fish in the sea, the latest spinners need to have something unique about them. In fact, if we were French, we’d say that any game trying to get noticed needs a little je ne sais quoi. Well, we aren’t French, but the latest offering from PocketWin does have a Gallic vibe. Titled Jackpot Jacques and featuring PocketWin’s familiar cartoon styling, this mobile slot is as big on entertainment and jackpots as the French are on bread and cheese. With this in mind, let’s feast on the details and see if this game will have you saying oh là là!
About Jackpot Jacques
At its most basic level, this mobile slot features five reels, nine paylines and a minimum bet of just £0.02. In order to spin the reels and climb the Eiffel Tower of prizes, you’ll need to adjust the number of active paylines as well as your line bet to suit you the size of your bankroll. At the lowest level, a single payline and a bet size of £0.02 will get you going. For those with more to spend, the max bet per line is £20. When you open up more ways to win, you’ll quickly see that the £180 is the most you’ll be able to spend per spin.
Based on these dynamics, it’s fair to say Jackpot Jacques is an inclusive mobile slot. For casual players, £0.02 is more than affordable, while seasoned spinners should be able to get some value from the £180 max bet. Of course, the thing about slots is that you need to get something in return for your investment. Well, just as you can expect some impressive cuisine when you visit France, Jackpot Jacques has a buffet of ways to win. After you line up two or more poodles, snails, chefs and more, you’ll start to unlock payouts starting from 3X and topping out at 500X your line bet.
While that’s great, the real reason Jackpot Jacques stands out like the Eiffel Tower in the night sky is its progressive payout. Although we’ll talk about this in more detail later, the main thing you need to note is that five smirking prince symbols will unlock a jackpot that regularly breaches the £5,000 mark.
Before we talk about the progressive jackpot set-up of this game, let’s take a minute to look at the wilds and bonuses. For those that align five wild frogs, the top fixed payout of 500X will be yours. Additionally, as all wilds do, the frog will substitute for any other symbol in pay. If that’s not enough, five jackpot symbols and a little green guy will earn you a prize worth 300X your line bet.
Beyond the wild wins, three, four or five free spin symbols will not only get you a payout worth between 5X and 60X your line bet, but five, seven or nine gratis turns. Naturally, these bonuses are a great way to win something for nothing and are worth looking out for. However, if we’re picking out the best bonus feature inside Jackpot Jacques, it has to be the Choco Spins round.
Roll in two or more chefs and you’ll enter a roulette-style mini game. After choosing odd, even, light or dark, the numbered wheel will spin. Depending on the number (between 1 and 8), you’ll win a mystery prize if you’ve made the right pick. For those that don’t make a match, it’s back the main game where you can shoot for another spin on the chef’s Choco Spins round.
Jackpot Jacques’ Progressive Play
Like the rest of PocketWin’s top jackpot slots, 0.005% of each bet is added to the progressive prizepool. Looking deeper into the numbers, the theoretical return to player in Jackpot Jacques is 93.33%. Now, that might not mean much to you if you’re a newbie, so we’ll just tell you that this is a fairly solid return rate. Although there are games out there with slightly better returns, the reason this spinner should appeal to newbies and casuals is the any bet wins policy.
Instead of forcing you to bet a certain amount in order to win the progressive jackpot, this game allows you to bet any amount you like. In theory, this means you could stake just £0.02 and take home a few thousand pounds when five princes roll into view. That, in our opinion, is what makes Jackpot Jacques impressive. Because anyone can win at any time, you don’t have to be a baller in order to win like a baller.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quirky mobile slot that’s packed with features and ways to win, Jackpot Jacques is a solid choice. Although the RTP could be improved, the combination of free spins, interactive bonus rounds and a progressive jackpot mean there’s plenty of value on offer. In fact, when you throw in some slick graphics and the fact any sized bet can unlock the progressive prize, there’s every reason to put on a beret and give Jackpot Jacques a spin.