Major Millions by Microgaming is one of the most recognized progressive slot machines online because it has paid out as much as $1.8 million, and the average progressive payout is about $575K. The developers have played on the word major to execute the game’s theme, a light-hearted take on the military. The main character is, of course, Major Millions, and the symbol set also includes ships, jets, tanks and other military-themed items.
Graphics & Audio
Major Millions uses a cartoonish and humorous style, and the entire display is done in 2D, which allows spins to happen fast and in rapid succession. The soundtrack is also fun and helps to create an atmosphere that is reminiscent of a movie like Stripes. The background track can get a tad annoying over time, but the player can mute it and still enjoy the on-the-reels sound effects.
Major Millions features five spinning reels and 15 bet lines, which must be activated individually. The game allows one coin per line, and coins range from $0.02 to $0.20. The minimum bet is $0.02, the minimum bet to activate all lines is $0.30 and the maximum bet is just $3. Keep in mind that the jackpot requires a maximum bet in order to pay out. Once the stake is set, click Spin to begin, and there is an expert mode that allows the player to automate spins.
This machine offers both a scatter symbol and a wild symbol with a built-in multiplier. The wild symbol is also the standard jackpot symbol, and when it helps to form a winning combo as a wild, that payout is tripled. The scatter pays out with three symbols anywhere on the reels, and the scatter payout is multiplied by the number of coins in play on the current spin.
The Major Millions logo is the jackpot symbol, and at five across, it pays out 8,000 coins. Note that you can hit that combo on all 15 pay lines for a total standard jackpot of 120,000 coins, which is worth $24K at the max coin size. However, there is also a 5x multiplier in play on the 15th line, and if the current wager is max bet, it activates the progressive jackpot instead, which is paid out in addition to any other winnings.
Slot machines with million-dollar progressive jackpots are often complex, but Major Millions does simple really well, and that is a big part of this machine’s success and Microgaming’s success in general. The other big draw is that not many pokies exist that let you win more than a million on just a $3 bet.