Jackpot Vault Slot from Bally
Progressive jackpots, free spins and wilds combine in this new slot from Bally / Scientific Gaming. This is a real mix of symbols and ideas – which combine into a simple and enjoyable casino slot.
The highlight is a pick game, where you get to choose from piles of gold to win credit or jackpot prizes.
Free spins are certainly worth hitting, as wilds during this feature come with win multipliers attached. This slot has a similar feel to the popular 88 Fortunes, though the symbols are varied rather than Asian themed.
Setup of Jackpot Vault
Like many newer Bally slot games, this title uses the ‘reel ways’ setup. This is an all-ways winning system, where win lines are dispensed with. Instead consecutive symbols from the left trigger prizes, irrespective of their reel position. This keeps things simple, and also means you’ll often trigger multiple line wins. The grid of the reels is the regular 5 by 3 setup, giving you 243 potential winning combinations for each spin.
Depending on how many coins you play, the symbols change slightly in design (for example the rose goes from pale pink to dark pink). You’ll see on the pay table that the 5th coin gives you the biggest payout. This means you should bet 5x and lower your overall bet amount to compensate to get the best possible prizes.
You’ll find cats are the biggest paying regular symbols, this is a face-on view of a black panther. With 5x bets, this is worth 400 coins for the full set. The order of the other unique symbols from best to lowest is crowns, roses, dollar signs and bells. There are also playing card symbols in play, which provide the smaller and more regular line hits.
Wilds cannot form wins of their own in Jackpot Vault, as they only appear on the middle 3 reels. These are large golden vault doors. Unusually, they will substitute for the scatters (diamonds) to trigger the free spin bonus game. Those diamonds will give you 8 free spins with 3+ anywhere on the reels. They also pay scatter prizes of up to 50x your total bet (for 5 of a kind).
Jackpot Vault – Gold Bars Picks Game
At random the vaults will trigger a second-screen bonus game. There are 4 levels of progressive jackpot to aim for, ranging from mini through to grand. You will see these prominently displayed in the upper part of the cabinet – with the grand prize often several thousand dollars.
You see 6 piles of gold, and will have 1 or more picks. Your task is simply to tap the screen, revealing your prize. Some prizes are credit amounts, while others are the jackpots. You’ll see what was behind the piles of gold you did not pick once you complete your own selections.
Jackpot Vault Free Spins with Multipliers
You only get 8 free spins regardless of how many diamonds trigger this bonus game – though that number can be extended with 3+ diamonds during play. The significant change in this feature is that diamonds become both wilds and multipliers. They create wins with the other symbols, and each time one hits you’ll see a multiplier appear above the reels to the left. This is mostly 2x, though it can go higher. This is applied to all wins which include the diamond wilds on that spin.
Fresh, Clean Design
While the Jackpot Vault slot machine game does not have a particular focus or theme, the money symbols are what catches your eye. There is a big golden vault door above the 2 screens – and the upper of those screens is also gold. It is impossible to miss the progressive jackpot amounts on this upper screen! There is a classic colored border around the game, something which quickly identifies Bally slots.
The reels are clear and the design of the symbols smart and modern. This is not a stand-out in terms of graphic design, though the small animations (for example the diamond glittering and the golden sheen over the vault door) are well produced.
Things get a little more active in the free spins bonus, with the multiplier effect each time the diamond hits having a smart animation. The picks game features realistic looking piles of gold bars too.
Should You Try to Open the Jackpot Vault?
This is a smart slot, which focuses on giving you the chance to win the big progressive jackpot prizes. Other than the money, there is no big theme or quirky extra to go with this slot. It will certainly appeal to a lot of players, and makes a refreshing change from slots like the Quick Hits which have a similar money focus. I liked Jackpot Vault, and looking forward to opening the vault to see the grand progressive at some point in the future!