Today the most popular progressive jackpot in the Playtech portfolio is the Marvel Mystery Jackpot network. But there was a time when stand-alone progressive jackpot online pokies were very popular and Beach Life and Gold Rally dominated Playtech Australian online casinos. Even today these two progressives give some of the biggest payouts. And their themes are special for Australian online casino players.
Beach Life depicts life on a beach. Australia with its long coast line has many beaches. The high paying symbols are popular beach activities like snorkeling, surfing and sun bathing. The low paying symbols are mouth-watering ice creams. There are three special symbols – sun, sandcastle and treasure chest. The sun is the wild symbol. It is also the key to the progressive jackpot, which is hit when you land five sun symbols in the 20th payline. If you get five suns on any other payline you win a fixed jackpot of 100,000 coins. The sandcastle symbol awards scatter payouts. Three or more chest symbols trigger the bonus round. The second screen displays chests and you get as many picks as there were symbols in the triggering spin. Each pick awards a multiplier that is applied to the bet. Because of the progressive jackpot you have a fixed line bet of AU$0.50. You play with a total bet per spin of AU$10.00 which is more than reasonable for a progressive jackpot that often pays in millions.
Gold Rally has a theme of mining, a vocation identified with the Australian outback. It has a unique structure found only in a few Playtech online pokies. The symbols are arranged in a three by three matrix with each of the nine positions spinning independently. There are eight paylines. Three of them run horizontally, three of them run vertically and two of them run diagonally. The symbols are taken from the theme of gold mining. They are horse shoe, pickaxe, lantern, pistol, cart, gold and dynamite. The scale is the scatter symbol. It starts paying out when five or more appear anywhere on the reels in the same spin. In order to hit the progressive jackpot you need all the symbols to be scale symbols. This online pokie also features a bonus game on the second screen, which is triggered when the dynamite symbol appears in all four corners of the pokie machine simultaneously. The screen will show a map with a number of X spots. You choose the spots where you want to dig for gold and win bonus credits for your discovery.