Blast from the Past: First Online Progressive Jackpot Slot

Guide2Gambling's Blast from the Past

Thanks for the memories!

So a funny thing happened this week, I was logging into my Facebook account to check the ‘Memories’ function on the app.

And of course, I was mortified by all the stuff I posted in 2010 but it also gave me a great idea!

What about Guide2Gambling’s own version of this where we look back on the cool facts about the past? Obviously, it would be gambling-related and without all the cringe posting.

So, I proudly present to you ‘Blast from the Past’ – a monthly throwback to the wonderful world of online casino throughout the years.

I’ll take you on a wacky journey through the best online casinos in India, to the origins of your favourite slots and everything in between!

In this edition, I’ll be talking about the first-ever progressive jackpot video slot.

So who claims this cool title? Who else other than the trailblazer that is Microgaming!

Microgaming: the software developer that revolutionised the industry

Microgaming, the game developer that’s known for making more millionaires than any other provider, was launched in 1994.

To give you some perspective on how long ago that really was: Shankar Dayal Sharma was President of India, Mohammed Siraj was born and Hum Aapke Hain Koun was the must-see Bollywood movie of the year.

Ah, the glorious ‘90’s!

So while we were all home saving information to 3-inch floppy discs, the wonderful people at Microgaming were creating and developing online casino games.

In 1995 the company launched their own versions of video poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. They also released player management tools which were highly sought after.

Cash Splash: the first progressive jackpot slot

It wasn’t until 1998 that Microgaming pioneered Cash Splash – an online slot machine with a difference. This game included a huge pooled jackpot prize.

For the first time, players from different online platforms could now all contribute and compete for this collaborative prize.

This was truly a breakthrough in the industry and is possibly the reason why Microgaming is considered one of the most reputable software providers to this very day.

Cash Splash 3

How did it work?

I have to be honest here and say that the game itself was nothing to write home about.

There were many slot machines online at the time that looked and played similarly.

The most interesting thing it had going for it was the opportunity to win a much larger amount than any other game.

It’s a classic 3-reel and single-pay line slot machine with symbols that we all recognise such as sevens, bars and cherries.

In order to qualify for the jackpot, players must bet 3 coins per spin. It’s definitely a little more expensive than the quality of jackpot games that we have available today in India.

Following its success, Microgaming added a second edition of Cash Splash. This time with 5 reels instead of 3 reels.

This version has the same overall theme, the only noticeable contrast is fifteen pay lines vs a single pay line.

Both games are available to play to this very day and contribute to the same progressive jackpot pool.

Why not check them out and feel all those vintage vibes for yourself? 10CRIC have both variations of the game on their site and are sure to take you right back to 1998 while playing.


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