Some Special Microgaming 3-Reel Online Pokies

August 8, 2015


Many Australian online casino players tend to look down upon the traditional 3-reel pokies. It is true that these online pokies do not have the thematic content and the richness of features that are now on offer in video pokies. But they have their own advantages. There is a certain old age charm in 3-reel pokies that is alluring. In fact many software developers try to capture this charm in retro themed video pokies. The excitement of 3-reel pokies extends beyond this charm, if you know where to look. This article takes you on a journey through some exciting Microgaming 3-reel pokies.

The fruit machine is a neglected type of 3-reel pokie. It is called fruit machine or pub fruity because in pubs this machine dispensed fruit flavoured chewing gum as prizes. Online casino software providers incorporated the features of these machines in their games. The most common features are nudge and hold. A nudge lets you rotate a reel of your choice by one step. A hold is freezes one of the reels, allowing you to re-spinning the other two. These features get active randomly. Some online fruit machines have a trail feature. In this bonus game you move along a trail reaping the benefits indicated on the squares you land. Cash n Curry and Game On are some popular fruit machines at Australian online casinos.

When you think of progressive jackpots it is usually 5-reel pokie games like Mega Moolah that come to mind. But Microgaming has an array of 3-reel pokies with progressive jackpots. The titles include Major Millions, Cash Splash, Fruit Fiesta, LotsaLoot and Wow Pot. There is the complete range of volatility on offer. Major Millions pays on an average AU$500,000 and hits about every 80 days. Wow Pot pays on an average AU$6,000 and hits every second day. All these pokies are available in 5-reel format as well and both are linked to the same progressive jackpot.

Mega Spin pokies are a unique Microgaming product. You can simultaneously spin a number of reel sets of three reels each. A Mega Spin pokie functions much like a multi-hand video poker game. You can choose up to nine reel sets. Then you select the coin size and number of coins. The total bet is obtained by multiplying the coin size, number of coins and number of reel sets. When you click the Spin button the reels of all the reel sets start spinning simultaneously. When the reels come to rest the payout of each reel set is computed independently using the common payout table and added together. Some of the titles are Double Magic and High 5.