Jet Set pokies are classic style poker machine games designed by Microgaming, available only at online casinos that host their popular gambling software. Jet-Set is part of the traditional category of games because it uses an arrangement of three reels and one pay line. Since modern pokie games tend to have more reels and a wider variety of available pay lines for wagering (not to mention bonus games, side wagers, progressive jackpots, and myriad other special features not found on this titles), simpler games like this one exist in their own loosely-related category.
Microgaming has a long list of traditional-style games, and within that category there is a lot of variation. Some traditional games have both a wild symbol and a scatter symbol, others have neither. This game has a wild but not a scatter, so it is somewhere in the middle. Some poker machines in this category include wager or jackpot multipliers (like this one) and others have nothing of that sort. Classic titles aren’t meant to imitate every aspect of poker machine games from decades past – really the only feature that they all have in common is a smaller number of reels and lines than the average modern game.
Jet Set has a lot of features that aren’t common on Microgaming’s other classic titles. It wouldn’t make sense for the company to reproduce certain aspects of poker machines from the 1950s (when Aussie game design giant Aristocrat was cutting its teeth) such as the size of pay outs; online gamblers wouldn’t be willing to place real cash wagers to chase a $20 or $30 prize – so most classic titles (like this one) have prizes worth thousands of dollars. For example, the largest fixed value pay out on this Microgaming poker machine is worth $8,000 at the largest credit value.
But enough about the classic game category, let’s take a look at this specific title. If the name of the machine wasn’t enough of a clue, the theme here is luxury.
Remember the old song, “No we ain’t the Jet Set / we’re the old Chevrolet set”? This machine is all about the high dollar life – no Chevrolets in sight. The entire game is contained on a single screen, a feature common for Microgaming’s traditional titles. On that screen is a cluster of images that represent the lifestyles of the rich and famous: a yacht, a luxury sports car, piles of gold coins and stacks of bills. Though we don’t necessarily associate these images with wealth, a roulette wheel and a pair of dice complete the picture.
That group of pictures of the trappings of wealth is clustered around the name of the game; just above this bodacious collection of “rich stuff” are the game’s three reels, the focus of the player’s attention. Besides a symbol mirroring the yacht picture from behind the game logo, the symbols are totally removed from the theme. In fact, the yacht symbol is the most valuable on this machine, acting as a wild multiplier and leading to the pay table’s largest jackpot.
The other symbols used are traditional poker machine icons: cherries, different groups of bars, and the ever-present lucky 7. The game’s pay table is directly to the right of the spinning reels; each of the machine’s nine pay outs are listed along with their prize value in two columns, one for a single coin bet and one for a double coin bet. When the bettor chooses either the single- or double-coin wager, the column representing his chosen wager is highlighted so it’s easy to see what pay outs you’re spinning for.
Speaking of wagers, this traditional Microgaming pokie has a variety of available bets that is also quite traditional, at least for this company’s classic games. Total wager variety ranges from $0.25 to $10 for each spin of the reels.
With three reels, one pay line, and the option of wagering two credits per line, all you need to do is examine the available credit denominations, standard fare for this category of Microgaming poker machine – coins can be worth $0.25, $0.50, $1, $2.50, or $5 each. Without wagering two coins per spin (regardless of the value of the coin chosen) the bettor won’t stand to win any pay out worth more than 800 credits.
Since this game allows relatively inexpensive wagers, there’s no good reason to spin without a two coin wager. With that in mind, the recommended bet size is actually somewhere between $0.50 and $10, wide enough to accommodate low rollers and mid-range bettors, though high rollers won’t give the game a second look.
The game’s largest prize is a 1,600 credit payout – with credits set to a value of $5 each, that’s a cash prize of $8,000. Even bets based on credits worth the minimum ($0.25 each) lead to a decent payday of $400. Yes, some traditional games have a better top prize, but few of them have a wild multiplier like Jet Set; that feature makes large wins more frequent than with classic titles that don’t include the feature, so it’s sort of a trade-off.
The yacht symbol acts as a traditional wild, substituting for any other image on any position on the reels. Single yacht symbols that complete winning combos automatically double the prize; two yacht icons completing a combo quadruple the prize. Of course three yacht symbols is the game’s largest pay out, pretty valuable for a two-coin wager, less so for players betting a single credit.
Jet Set is not designed for poker machine fans that like titles stuffed with video clips, multiple second screen bonus games, complex pay tables, large bet varieties, or licensed themes. Classic fans seek out titles with few extras like this one, and Jet Set is a perfect fit for their tastes.