The developer has subsequently notified us that the game is only meant for the Asian market, thus this review has been updated to reflect that. Since Europe and Asia are two quite different markets, it’s possible that this distinction is lost in the review. We ask our readers to keep that in mind.
Money Mouse is the second half of Pragmatic Play’s Asian-themed slot duo. Money Mouse takes a tried and true method, in contrast to Magic Journey’s novel use of a tried and true model to show something new. It’s like playing 20 different slot machines at once. Both Jin Ji Boa Xi and Caishen’s Cash (without the potential) come to mind. There’s probably a solid reason why the gameplay is familiar. Money Mouse is an exact replica of another Pragmatic slot, Wolf Gold, down to the exterior images and sound effects. As evidenced by the glut of Asian-themed slots in their library, Pragmatic clearly enjoys making games with this theme. If you enjoy doing so, there is no wrong in recycling an old idea, but it becomes less excusable when the product is so derivative. There are three jackpots and many additional features, so it’s not time to write it off just yet.
Is there a term for this kind of slot machine within the larger Asian subgenre? Plenty of them are out there, thus a more nuanced classification system is warranted. You can probably see from the screenshots that this is one of those slot machines with a red or green background, a lot of gold, and symbols that look like they were taken from a tourist trinket shop. I’m not trying to criticize the style, however… Release of Money Mouse coincides with the Chinese New Year celebration theme. The Chinese zodiac will usher in the Year of the Rat in 2020. Money Rat doesn’t have the same ring to it as Money Mouse though. The word’s associations and visuals are less than endearing.
Five reels, three rows, and twenty-five paylines make up the game grid, which is set against a vibrant red background. The user interface is traditional Pragmatic Play which is nice because it’s tidy and flows beautifully. The number and value of coins are used to determine the wager. The minimum bet is 25 percent and the maximum is 125 dollars or euros every spin. The RTP for Money Mouse is identical to that of Wolf Gold, at around 96%. The level of volatility is also unchanged, remaining at a medium-high 3 out of 5 lightning bolts. There are eight standard symbols in total, four low and four premium. The four aces are regal J’s and A’s painted by hand. A dragon mask, some oranges, some drums, and some firecrackers are the four prizes. Overall mediocre value, with the dragon mask’s five-of-a-kind payout being worth 20 times the initial wager. As the wild symbol, the grinchy mouse can stand in for any other pay sign and award up to 20 times the wager for five of a kind.
Features of Money Mouse (A Realistic Game)
Have you tried your hand at Wolf Gold? You will be fully apprised of the constant characteristics. When it appears on reels 1, 3, and 5, the golden tree with the gold coins is a scatter. If you get three, you’ll win 1x your bet and get 5 free spins. During free games, the middle three reels combine into one, yielding only colossal 3×3 symbols. Any number of free spins can be retriggered by getting three Scatters in view during the bonus round.
The three Jackpots can’t be missed right above the reels. The stake size determines the fixed values. You can win 30 times your wager with the Minor, 100 times with the Major, and 1,000 times with the Grand Jackpot.
The lantern sign is the last significant icon. Here we have the Money Symbol, which may be accompanied with a small or large numeric value. The Money Respin feature is activated when 6 or more of these symbols appear during regular play or free games. Money Respins commence by locking the Money Symbols that initiated the feature to the reels and deleting all ordinary symbols. Total, you get three chances to do it again. When a Money Symbol appears, it immediately becomes stuck, and the number of respins is set to 3. The function will keep going until either all of the respins have been used up or the grid is completely covered in Money Symbols. The sum of all values is given to the player at the conclusion. If the Money Symbol appears in each of the 15 available slots, the Grand Jackpot is awarded as well.
Concluding Remarks on “Money Mouse”
It’s interesting to observe how different Money Mouse and Magic Journey are. It’s as though the R&D department came up with something novel, but the a/c department had a fit because it was too out of the ordinary and the gamers required something they could more easily identify with. In response, a Wolf Gold copycat emerged in the nick of time for the new year. The end effect is boring.
If you’re not already a fan of these kind of slot machines (perhaps geared at the Asian market), you won’t find much to be excited about in Money Mouse. The maximum possible win is acceptable, and it occurs during the bonus spins round. With the help of the giant symbols, players have the possibility to win up to 2,500 times their wager.
Because of how closely it resembles the original, Money Mouse comes off as a knockoff. Such as the Louis Vuitton handbags that vendors peddle for five dollars on the street corner. Or a real “Rolax” watch whose gold plating flaked off the day you got it.