What can players expect from Wazdan's Hold the Jackpot mechanic?
Despite being incredibly popular and well-received amongst slot enthusiasts, many players still question the Hold the Jackpot™ mechanic from Wazdan. There are still some confused players unsure of how the mechanic works.
Thankfully, the team at Slot Gods decided to go straight to the source to find out all the ins and outs of the mechanic straight from Andrzej Hyla, the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Wazdan. If you've ever wanted the full breakdown of the Hold the Jackpot™ mechanic, then you've come to the right place.
What is Wazdan’s Hold the Jackpot mechanic?
Andrzej Hyla: With an abundance of fascinating and engaging mechanics emerging in the iGaming sphere for operators to choose from, standing out from the crowd is a challenge that developers face on a daily basis. That said, Wazdan’s innovative Hold the Jackpot collection is taking the industry by storm, delivering a unique version of the mechanic in each title that it stars in.
Passionate slot followers may already be familiar with Hold the Jackpot titles like Power of Gods™: Hades, Fortune Reels, and Sun of Fortune, but may not realise that they may find slots offering a staggering 16,777,216 ways to win (Jelly Reels™), or prizes worth up to a massive 15,000x player’s bet (Sizzling Bells™) in the Hold the Jackpot series.
- Power of Gods™: Hades
- Max payout:
- 5,000x stake
- Win lines:
- Horror, Mythical
- Release date:
- 8th Sep 2021
In each slot, Wazdan finds a way to re-invent the feature so that players can enjoy a real variety of outcomes and experiences. Whether it’s adding bigger jackpots and new Bonus symbols, or providing distinctive layouts, innovative features, and cumulative prizes, each title finds a way to stand out in the collection.
With more titles in development, Wazdan continues going above and beyond to amaze players worldwide.
An engaging feature, but how exactly does it work?
Andrzej Hyla: In short, each time the Hold the Jackpot bonus round is triggered, the player is provided with three Re-Spins. This number resets every time a new symbol is drawn on the reels, adding even more excitement to what is an already watertight feature.
Each new title added to the collection utilises its own iteration of the mechanic to provide distinctive outcomes and immersive gaming experiences each time they are played. For example, Power of Gods™: Hades introduces the ground-breaking Sticky Bonus symbols, which are designed to stick to the reels for a set number of Re-Spins in order to drastically increase the chances of activating the Hold the Jackpot bonus round.
- Magic Spins™
- Max payout:
- 2,500x stake
- Magic, Space
- Release date:
- 12th May 2022
On the other hand, the new Magic Spins™ slot allows players to use the innovative Collect to Infinity™ feature to boost the Collector symbol powers and increase their total win to infinity.
What are the best Hold the Jackpot games?
Andrzej Hyla: The collection encompasses 15 games at the time of writing, including Unicorn Reels, Clover Lady™, Burning Stars 3™, Sun of Fortune, Prosperity Pearls, Midnight in Tokyo, Fortune Reels, Power of Gods™: Hades, Sizzling Bells™, Jelly Reels™, Power of Gods™: Medusa, Sizzling Moon™, Dwarfs Fortune™, Magic Spins™, and 9 Burning Dragons.
That said, players will be pressed to find any two games that are alike. Wazdan stays true to its commitment to originality, elevating the feature to new heights in a different way in each new release.
Loyal followers of Hold the Jackpot titles can choose from a range of themes and gaming experiences, from crossing the river Styx in order to reach the underworld in Power of Gods™: Hades and entering the lair of an ancient Gorgon in Power of Gods™: Medusa, to fighting Asian kung-fu cats in Midnight in Tokyo and navigating through underground mines in search of untold riches in Dwarfs Fortune™.
Furthermore, Wazdan customers can bring another layer of customisation to their playing experience by using Volatility Levels™. Available in all Hold the Jackpot products, Volatility Levels™ is Wazdan’s proprietary feature that allows players to determine their win size and frequency to facilitate their specific preferences, making gameplay a perfect fit for their unique needs.
Power of Gods™: Hades
Nominated for multiple honours including the CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards, AskGamblers Awards, and the EGR North America Awards, Power of Gods™: Hades takes players on a visual journey as they cross the river Styx and enter the underworld in the thrilling Hold the Jackpot bonus round.
Once players venture into the blazing depths of the underworld, they have to collect five types of Bonus symbols: Fire, Blue Fire, Jackpot, Mystery, and Hades Mystery. The superbly designed title offers Cascading Reels for extra win potential and takes place in the underworld – the realm presided over by the lord of the dead, Hades. If all 15 reels are filled, the Grand Jackpot of 3,000x is awarded to players, along with all winnings accrued during the Re-spins mode, up to a massive 5,000x player’s bet.
Play Power of Gods™: Hades here:
Enchanting players with stunning design and innovative mathematics that Wazdan’s titles are renowned for, Magic Spins™ goes above and beyond to bring something new and exciting to the table, with an innovative Collect to Infinity™ feature that allows players to use the Collector and Mega Collector symbols to accumulate Cash symbol values to…well, infinity!
Landing at least six Bonus symbols of any type invites players to a truly magical bonus round in which they may conjure up various charming symbols, including Cash symbols, landing on the small reels. Collector, Jackpot, Mystery, and Increasing Value Cash symbols can appear on the four big corner reels, while the most powerful of them all, Mega Collector, Magic Mystery, and Mega Increasing Value Cash symbols can only be drawn on the mega central reel.
Finally, during spinning the bonus round, players may cast spells and grab Mini, Minor, and Major Jackpots. In the end, after filling all 29 reels with Bonus symbols of any type, players grab the Grand Jackpot of 2500x their bet.
Play Magic Spins™ here:
Shortlisted at the CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards for the category of Game Retro-Style, Sizzling Bells™ offers a fresh take on classic slot experience, featuring stunning bells, lucky stars, juicy fruits, a number of impressive Jackpots, and Sticky Bonus symbols. With an old-school feel and easy-to-understand mechanics, the game contains all the features players have come to know and love in a Wazdan game, as well as the supplier’s innovative collection of proprietary customisation tools.
Things heat up considerably when players trigger the Hold the Jackpot bonus round and reach the blazing inferno confronted by 30 flaming hot reels, divided into two parts. Here, the top reels are locked in place and players can only unlock them by drawing a bonus symbol in the corresponding position of the bottom half of the reels.
Collecting all 15 Bonus symbols on the bottom half of the reels awards the Grand Jackpot of 2500x player's bet, while filling the top half of the reels sets them on fire, as the sizzling Super Grand Jackpot of 15000x player's bet is won.
Play Sizzling Bells™ here:
Jelly Reels™ is the supplier’s tasty-looking slot sensation that provides audiences with vibrant visuals and the potential for some sweet wins. A truly delectable experience, the title offers smooth gameplay, eight reels of action and an incredible 16,777,216 ways to win, taking players on a wobbly journey that features cascading wins, and some huge Jackpots.
The Hold the Jackpot bonus round is played out over a unique 40-reel layout and features five types of Bonus symbols, with Golden Coin symbols that award prizes worth up to 5x the player’s bet. Snake symbols have the ability to add more Golden Coins to the reels or just double their values, while Jackpot Coins, Silver Coins, and Mystery symbols can appear at the top of the grid to boost winning potential.