King Cashalot pokies are available for real money play at Internet casinos that run games designed by Microgaming. King Cashalot is a progressive video pokie. The game’s theme is based on any number of stories of medieval Europe and the feudal system.
Though this title was released in the early 2000s, before Microgaming was building plot-rich pokies with lengthy video scenes and animations, its theme of damsels in distress and knights in shining armour is visually pleasing enough for repeat play. The game’s symbols include jesters, kings, princesses, roast meats, and dragons. If the period music starts to wear on you, simply switch to the game’s Expert Mode to access a long list of customizable player options, including the choice to turn the sounds off or just lower their volume.
This particular progressive release from Microgaming is a 5-reel pokie that accepts bets on up to nine pay lines. Not many online progressive machines have a fixed credit value as low as King Cashalot – the only available credit denomination is $0.05. Gamblers can wager between one and five coins on as many as nine lines, so the wager size ranges from $0.05 up to $2.25 per spin. Take note that only a maximum wager of at least $0.45 per spin (a nickel per pay line multiplied by nine lines) makes a gambler eligible for the progressive jackpot.
To win the progressive jackpot, which resets to $100,000, bettors wagering $0.45 per spin across nine pay lines must luck out and land five of the game’s King symbols on the ninth and final line. According to Microgaming’s website and the details they’ve released about the game, the jackpot pays off an average of eleven or twelve times a year. Since the title is still popular, even a decade after its first release, the jackpot often climbs up into the high six figures, based on how much cash is paid into the game across the Microgaming network. The highest progressive prize to date was just over $1.2 million.
The King symbol that leads to the progressive prize is also the slot’s wild symbol. The King also acts as a multiplier for winning combos – not only does the King image substitute to form winning combos, it multiplies those wins by two.
The only symbol the King cannot act as a substitute for is the pokie’s scatter symbol. The image on the scatter is the traditional Court Jester. When two or more Jester symbols appear on any lines, even those that are not activated by a wager, the player wins a bonus prize. The more Jester symbols, the larger the prize won.
The slot’s Dragon symbol triggers the bonus game. Players activate the bonus by lining up three Dragon symbols on the game’s second, third, and fourth reels. That means to be eligible for the bonus round gamblers have to activate at least the first four lines.
The bonus game itself is totally luck-based. To play the game, gamblers select one treasure chest from a big pile. Clicking a treasure chest reveals a bonus prize – the amount of treasure in the chest the player picks is their bonus amount. Since the amount won in the chest is then multiplied by the player’s chosen number of coins wagered per line and the number of enabled pay lines, bonuses are larger depending on how many credits are being wagered per spin. Gamblers wagering the maximum number of credits to chase the title’s progressive prize also get a nice multiplier on any prizes won in the bonus game – the maximum five coins on all nine pay lines increases the bonus amount found in the treasure chest by a factor of forty-five.
Just to keep things interesting, King Cashalot gives pokie players the option of giving up a bonus prize and trying for a larger one. If a player gives up the first two treasure amounts, the third is their final option and they’ll have to stick with whatever amount they win from their third selection.
Two basic modes of play are available – Normal and Expert. This is a common feature for Microgaming’s progressives and the difference between the two is simple. In Expert mode, players can customize a few of the pokie machine’s features.
Autoplay, where the player sets up a certain wager size and number of spins, is a feature that runs the game automatically with no need for pressing the “Spin” button over and over again. The other useful thing in Expert mode is the option of turning off or adjusting the sound effects and adjusting the speed at which the reels spin.
Besides the big progressive win, the largest payout a gambler can win is 15,000 credits, which at $0.05 per credit is $750. The combination that awards this prize is five king symbols on any of the first eight pay lines. The next two biggest prizes are 1,500 credits (won by lining up four King symbols on any pay line) and 1,000 credits (for lining up five Queen symbols on any active line).
Royal Vegas Casino still offers the King Cashalot poker machine even years after its premiere. King Cashalot’s small credit size and large progressive jackpots means online pokie fans still play the title often enough to produce a progressive prize in the high six figures. Royal Vegas uses both Microgaming’s Viper game library and the Quickfire line of casino software to host over 500 games. Royal Vegas is one of the oldest member casinos of the Fortune Lounge Group, online and accepting bets since the year 2000. One of the unique features of Royal Vegas Casino is their four different game suite options – players can access a limited number of games instantly in their browser, hand-pick the games they want to download, choose to download a mini-version with just three games loaded (while the rest of the games download in the background), or download the full version which comes with 41 games available for immediate play as the rest of the site’s titles continue to load in the background.