Although the Wild West may be long gone, if it ever existed in the first place, the dream of being a cowboy remains with a lot of people. There’s something serene about riding across a vast, open area, herding cattle or going out for a hunt, living on a farm and taking care of animals, with nothing but the bright blue skies above you until you retire for the night.
It’s a simple life, but a satisfying one, but we think Jackaroo Jack by Lightning Box Games is a bit more action packed than that. Gamblers get access to re-spins and free spins, complete with Wild Multipliers. Symbols include playing card icons 9, 10, J, Q and K, as well as a small bird, a windmill, a fabulous horse and one angry bull.
Lightning Box Games is a studio based out of Sydney, Australia, operating for over a decade in the business. The group had plenty of success at the first push into online gambling, and even had successful physical slot machines.
Now, the developers set their skilled sights onto the mobile casino market, and plan to make a name for themselves in this new space, too. The team describes itself as math-driven, working their best to find that perfect fun formula that guarantees success, enjoyment, and a thrilling video slot from start to finish. They’ve always pushed forward to stay ahead of the curve – hence making the shortlist for the EGR B2B Awards back in 2017 for Innovation in slot provision.
How to Play it
The game is played on a 5×4 playing field with 1024 ways to win – pays are awarded when three or more of the same symbol are adjacent to each other going left to right. Gamblers can only adjust their total bet to change the wager, as there are no distinct paylines. You can bet between $0.40 up to $12 per spin, which is great for casual players and middle of the pack gamblers, though high rollers will undoubtedly kick up a fuss at the fact the highest bet isn’t bigger. Lightning Box did remember to include an Autoplay feature, though you can only set the amount of spins – there are no win or loss limits, or thresholds for a single win that would pause auto spins.
The background image of the tall, rocky mountains and endless desert stretching out as far as the eye can see makes for a lovely view, though we can’t help but yearn for a little more visual flair added to the whole thing. Occasional patches of green break up the monotony, but there’s no animations to draw your eye, which means the view gets boring rather quickly.
The first bonus you’ll likely encounter is the second chance re-spin. When a Wild lands on the playing field, but is not part of any winning combination, all the reels except the Wild spin again once, giving you a chance of landing a win with the Wild included.
The second special feature is the free spins bonus, which is triggered when gamblers collect six or more of the Scatter. Before that, three, four or five Scatters just reward small cash prizes. Once the feature is triggered, gamblers get to pick between five different free spins / multiplier combinations. You can choose the following:
- Six free spins with a 5x Wild multiplier on reel two, and a 8x multiplier on reel four.
- Ten free spins with a 4x Wild multiplier on reel two, and a 6x multiplier on reel four.
- Twelve free spins with a 3x Wild multiplier on reel two, and a 4x multiplier on reel four.
- Fifteen free spins with a 2x Wild multiplier on reel two, and a 4x multiplier on reel four.
- Twenty free spins with a 2x Wild multiplier on reel two, and a 2x multiplier on reel four.
The Wild multipliers only take effect if the Wild is part of the winning combination.
The largest jackpot you can win, and no, our fingers did not slip writing this figure, is 768,000x your wager, which is insane winning potential – and a rather clear reason as to why the maximum bet is capped at $12. The title has a medium volatility and an RTP of 95.62%, which is average for video slots.
This has to be, hands down, one of the highest fixed jackpots we’ve ever seen in the game. Thanks to the pays and the multipliers you can activate, Jackaroo Jack’s largest win can overshadow some progressive jackpots. The responsible thing would be to warn you not to try and rush for it, but you’ll have to beat us in the race to get it first!