Jackpot Express is one of Microgaming’s five payline titles that include an easy to read payout schedule, a wild symbol, and a more traditional pokie-style setup with just 3 reels. This online poker machine doesn’t have a complicated plot, video scenes, or many distracting animations and other effects – the basic story of this pokie is based on a train loaded with treasure (the Jackpot Express in the title of the game) on its way to Jackpot City.
A feature that fans of traditional pokie games love about this game is that it is easy to study and learn the payout table. That’s in part because the game only uses three types of symbol on the reels – a set of traditional poker machine bar symbols (single bar, double bar, and triple bar), a bright-red number 7 symbol, and the image of a train car full of gold that also acts as the pokie’s wild symbol.
The first step to playing this five reel classic-style game is to select the value of the coins you want to wager on each spin. Five different coin values are offered – starting at $0.25 per coin, the game also allows bets in these denominations: $0.50, $1, $2 and $5.
That sets the smallest possible bet on the game at just $0.25, though players have the option of activating between one and five pay lines. The betting range is easy to work out in your head – a single pay line wager at the smallest bet size of $0.25 sets the smallest wager available at $0.25 per spin, while a max bet of $5 per coin and a total of five coins per spin means players with larger bankrolls can wager as much as $25 every time the game’s three reels are set in motion.
Once the coin size is established, the gambler then selects how many lines they want to bet on. Each line only allows a one coin wager, and on this five pay line pokie the largest bet is a single coin on all five lines. Players select their coin size then press the “Bet One” button, enter the number of lines they want to bet, and then press the “Spin” button to start playing, or for the sake of convenience, the game also has a “Bet Max” option that lays a wager of five coins, one per pay line.
Jackpots and Payouts
The main reason a bettor would want to place the maximum bet of five coins total is to become eligible for the pokie’s largest fixed prize, a 5,000 coin jackpot. This prize is only available to gamblers who activate the fifth line, which means laying a bet of at least five coins per spin. The game’s 5,000 credit fixed jackpot is won by spinning three gold train car symbols on the fifth pay line.
Earning any payout on this game requires enough luck to land three of the same symbol on any active pay line, except for the top fixed payout which requires that the symbols appear on the fifth line only. Other payouts on Microgaming’s Jackpot Express pokie are as follows:
- 3 of any of the game’s bar symbols earns a payout of 4 credits
- 3 of the game’s single bar symbols earns a payout of 10 credits
- 3 of the game’s double bar symbols earns a payout of 40 credits
- 3 of the game’s triple bar symbols earns a payout of 60 credits
- 3 of the game’s 7 symbols earns a payout of 80 credits
- 3 of the game’s gold train car symbols earns one of the following payouts: 1,000 credits, 1,500 credits, 2,000 credits, 2,500 credits, or 5,000 credits.
Payouts for the gold train car symbol are based on which line of the game the winning combo appears on. The first line earns the 1,000 credit payout; the second line earns the 1,500 credit payout, etc.
The Jackpot Express poker machine’s gold train car symbol also acts as the machine’s wild image which can substitute for any of the game’s other symbols to create a winning combination. Take note that only the largest win for any single spin is paid for each pay line – Jackpot Express never pays more than one jackpot at a time.
Like many of Microgaming’s traditional or classic-style pokies, Jackpot Express is available in two different modes of play – Normal or Expert Mode.
Normal mode doesn’t offer much in the way of player options, but Expert Mode is the exact opposite. Pokies players that want to alter game options, such as how fast the reels spin and the poker machine plays, how loud the sound effects are, or even if the sound effects play at all, should switch to Expert Mode.
Another benefit of the Expert Mode of play is the ability to turn on AutoPlay. Once a bettor has selected Expert Mode, they can press the pokie’s “Autoplay” button and select the number of spins they want the game to play through. The number of spins available to Expert Mode players includes 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, or 500 spins. Expert Mode players are also asked how much time should take place between each spin of the reels (in number of seconds between 0, and 2), an option that stops the game when any jackpot is won, and the option to select a jackpot value that stops the machine (wins of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000). Pokie players can also stop the AutoPlay feature at any time with a button right next to the AutoPlay option on the machine’s interface.
The big difference that exists between gold train car wins and the pokie’s other jackpots means many traditional poker machine players who bet on Jackpot Express are only really interested in those large gold jackpots. This Microgaming titles comes with an easy-to-read payout table, a wild symbol feature, a small selection of symbols that makes understanding the jackpot payouts very simple, and the Expert/Normal options that allow gamblers to customize the way the game plays out.