When 1×2 Gaming releases a Jackpot 3×3 Scratchcards based slot title. We could be forgiven for wondering where this trend will lead. Will we see a 100×100 slot in a few years’ time? Who knows or dares to dream. Right now we can live in the moment with this title which sits impressively and intriguingly between an online slot and a casual game. Where will you put it?
1×2 Gaming describes jackpot 3×3 as a three-reel online slot with 9 pay-lines. In actual fact the game board contains nine individual slots with three reels and one pay-line on each. With each pay-line we have a chance to win .With the reels populated with numbers decorated in colourful styles and patterns. These numbers relate to our prizes, with three matching numbers multiplied by our total stake.
That we can opt to deselect any of these individual slots-within-a-slot is a nice and clever touch from the developers. Allowing us to personalize our game board as much as we like and even allowing for an extra level of strategy, not usually found in casual games. This also allows us to get a feel for the game and its mechanics without playing all nine reels at the same time. Toggling our stake changes the total stake, while our selected number of boards is displayed nice and clearly on the left hand side of the reel case.
In the bonus features is where the Jackpot 3×3 slot sits most comfortably as a casual game. For very often in those kinds of games we don’t see the inclusion of a dedicated bonus feature. Instead, the bonuses we enjoy are down to the multipliers we earn when we match three or more symbols.
Jackpot 3×3 takes this simplicity to another level. Rather than matching three symbols and therefore scooping a multiplier relevant to that symbol combination. Here we win the prizes displayed by the matching prize symbols multiplied by our stake. So, if we have staked £/€/$1 and match three 10s in one of the reels we will win £/€/$10 for that reel (10 x £/€/$1). As each reel is independent, this arouses the possibility of multiple wins multiplied by our stake. And with the top prize a 500x multiplier we have a juicy carrot dangling before us at all times.
Jackpot 3×3 is innovative and playable, with the only caveat being that we’ll be impressed if you manage to last more than five minutes with the music on – a twinkling piano ditty composed to an oom-pah beat. Fortunately, the game-play has plenty going for it for the sound not to matter, while the x500 top prize multiplier is a juicy dangling carrot indeed.