Free Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah slot
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Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah slot by Microgaming was produced by an in-house studio of theirs, Neon Valley. As the name suggests it follows in the footsteps of their classic Moolah Series progressive jackpot slots, the most famous being the African Wildlife themed Mega Moolah. IGT have been the main provider of progressive slots with games like MegaJackpots Cleopatra since the demise of Playtech's Marvel slots although they themselves have brought replacements out for them such as Age of the Gods and the other games it has spawned. Here we have a nice undersea ruined city as the background, classical music and transparent reels which we spin to some dramatic sounds when wins occur. So can our bankroll survive a dive into these waters or will is be sunk forever?
We have stacked symbols over 10 lines which pay right-to-left too on Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah slot and that might be enough to tell you what game Neon Studios have copied here. You get 50x bet for 5-of-a-kind Bars, 24x 7's, 12x Pink Fish, 10x Purple Fish, 8x Seahorse, 5x Green Anemone or Starfish. There are Mermaid Expanding Wilds on the centre 3 reels and no scatters or random modifiers.
Yes, we are playing Starburst here as any Wild Mermaid expands and pays, then sticks in place to award a re-spin. If another appears, the same happens with both held. Ideally you'd want them to come in one at a time in order to maximize wins over 3 re-spins, but you can get 2 or even all 3 land in one go too. This is your best chance of winning the top prize of 500x bet for a screen full of bars. Gold Coins can randomly overlay symbols bar the Wilds on the centre 3 reels too and these are collected, the more you collect the more chance of triggering the Progressive Wheel.
The Mega is seeded at 1 Million, the Major at 10,000, the Minor at 100 and the mini at 10.00. You are guaranteed one if you spin the Wheel, and I'll let you guess which one you will invariably hit.
As a slot in itself, Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah slot looks, sounds and plays very well and I prefer it to the Netent game they copied. You can get decent streaks in the base game and of course there is the chance of riches here. There is one huge drawback though - when you aren't hitting jackpots, the RTP without them is a shockingly bad 86.78%. In other words, your house edge, normally 4% on a 96% average game is nearly 350% higher if not hitting the wheel. The progressive contribution is 5.3% so the overall RTP is a lowly 92.08%, or double the 4% house edge on a standard 96% slot. That reason alone is why it'll never see a penny of my hard-earned...