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The wombat says: Here at Wombat Towers do like the rarities among our slots. The underdogs, oddballs or just the plain old weird ones. The ones where its designers had the courage to diverge from the well-trodden path of 5 reelers like the Throne of Egypt slot machine and created something unique completely different.
Jackpot 3×3 slot from 1×2 Gaming is one of these, with 3 reels and 3 rows. Experience has taught us that these kind of games are often very hit and miss, so will Jackpot 3×3 make the grade?
Let’s get our paws on those doors…
Look and Feel
Jackpot 3×3 has a bit of a minimalistic feel to it, it kind of feels like it’s related to our online keno game, but with a few more bells and whistles. The game is laid out in a 3×3 formation (hence the name). The symbols on the reels are a range of geometric shapes in different colours, for example we have a green pentagon, pink hexagon, red square and purple star (think animated hipster tattoos and you’ll get an idea). The sound effects are equally minimalistic, but also very monotonous and it won’t take long before you’ve reach for the mute button.
Jackpot 3×3 is a 3 reel slot with nine reel sets. So basically you are playing 9 mini slots with one payline each, all at the same time. It’s in that quirky category along with the Fruit Blast slot and Well od Wonders.
The paytable of Jackpot 3×3 is as simple as it gets, and in its simplicity it still is one of the most original array of reel symbols you can find in a slot game. The symbols are actually just numbers, with colourful decorations and the numbers range from 1 to 500 – and this is exactly what the line bet will be multiplied by when you win.
The first row of reels contains numbers ranging from 1 to 8, the second row can display the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30. The bottom row is where the biggest wins can be made, with multipliers of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500.
You an deselect ‘cold’ slots by simply clicking on them. However, there is a bit of strategy to it: we found it was easier to win smaller prizes more often on the top three reels and that reels on the bottom pay out the higher prizes, obviously less frequently.
This means you can adjust the variance (a bit) by either deselecting one or more of the bottom reels and making the game less risky, or by switching off some of the top reels, taking a bigger chances, but also maximising the potential for big wins. This is a very cool idea!
Bonus Games & Free Spins
Here comes the sad part, my friends. Jackpot 3×3 is so minimalistic and cool that it doesn’t need any kind of bonus games. So no Freespins, not even a poxy wild symbol. Feels a bit like a vegan bbq party if you ask me …
Not a bad little slot this one. It’s probably not one of these games that will keep you up all night, but it makes a nice change from the usual games if you want to spin the reels in a unique way that gives you an element of control over your bet strategy. We likey.