Progressive slots

Progressive slots pack about as much thrill as you can squeeze into a slot game, giving players the chance to win seriously big jackpots every time they play! No tight collars here, please! Unlike classic slots, progressive slots take a small percentage of every wager made during gameplay and add it to the mega jackpot total.

This works on three levels: standalone, local area, and wider area or network progressive slots. The jackpots of standalone slots increase during gameplay or on a single machine in land-based casinos. Local area progressive slots are generally found in land-based casinos and accumulate by wagers placed within the casino.

Many online video slots are linked by a network run by the game provider; every spin of the reels increases the mega jackpot, regardless of the casino or country. This makes for some seriously big wins, especially when the jackpot has gone unwon for a long period of time. 

Many progressive jackpots slots have between 1 and 4 smaller jackpots that increase in size during gameplay. So, the longer you play, the bigger the jackpots. All progressive video slots share a jackpot meter feature that indicates the current total of all jackpots available to be won on that slot, whether mini, midi, major, great, or mega. Please bear in mind that players are only eligible for the mega jackpot if they have made the maximum bet available.

Progressive jackpot slot providers and games

Most video slot providers have a scattering of progressive slots. However, a few game providers have made their names synonymous with progressive jackpot slots – top of the list are Playtech, Realtime Gaming (RTG), NetEnt, and Wazdan. 

Realtime Gaming

RTG is one of the oldest game providers, having been around since 1998. They pioneered iconic progressive jackpot slots such as Aztec’s Millions, Jackpot Piñatas, Shopping Spree, Shopping Spree II, Cleopatra’s Gold, Megasaur, It’s Good to Be Bad, and Spirit of the Inca, among many others.

Aztec’s Millions

This Aztec themed slot is one of the oldest progressive jackpots, currently sitting at R16,423,693.40. It is a 5-reel video slot with 25 paylines, 2 smaller jackpots, free spins, scatters, and wilds as special features. This slot has an RTP of 95%.

NetEnt

This is another game provider with a wealth of progressive jackpot slots, including Arabian Nights, Hall of Gods, Bingo, Triple Wins Scratch Card, Mega Fortune, Cosmic Fortune, and Geisha Wonders. 

Hall Of Gods

Hall of Gods is a Norse-pantheon themed slot that currently sits at R9,977,309.04. It has 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 paylines, with a bonus game, free spins, a wild, and 2 smaller jackpots. It is a low-mid volatility slot with an RTP of 95.4%

Playtech

Playtech are the architects of some of the most popular progressive slots, including Jackpot Giant, Gold Rally, Beach Life, A Night Out, Cat in Vegas, Everybody’s Jackpot, Kingdoms Rise: Reign of Ice, Great Blue Jackpot and Age Of The Gods.

Jackpot Giant

This is a stone-age themed progressive slot with a gigantic jackpot of R93,473,750.00. This 5-reel, 3-row game grid with a bonus game, bonus symbols, substitution symbols, freespins, scatter symbols, and a wild. This slot has an RTP of 94.22% with medium variance.

Wazdan

Wazdan’s progressive slots line-up of games includes Unicorn Reels, Clover Lady, Beach Party Hot, Fruit Mania, Crazy Cars, Hungry Shark, and Jackpot Builders.

Unicorn Reels

Unicorn Reels is a 5-reel standalone progressive slot with a fantasy theme. The game has such features as wild, jackpot, scatter symbol, gamble (Double) game, and a buy feature. It has an RTP of 96.14% and an adjustable volatility setting.

Where to play progressive slots

Progressive slot game providers usually have agreements with specific online casinos to offer their games. In some cases, a provider may have an exclusive agreement with a casino, providing all the games, networking and support, while other casinos have agreements with several providers.

If you’re looking for a particular game by a specific provider (especially when those jackpots are skyrocketing), here’s a quick guide to which online casinos in South Africa use which providers.

Playtech:

  • Europa 
  • Slots Heaven

Realtime Gaming:

  • Yebo 
  • Thunderbolt 
  • Springbok 

NetEnt:

  • PlayLive
  • Punt
  • Yeti 

Wazdan:

  • PlayLive
  • Yeti 
  • Punt 
  • Europa 
  • Slots Heaven
  • Yebo 
  • Thunderbolt 
  • Springbok