With the Joker Jester slot game there is surely no better way for an Australian gaming house to poke fun at its British cousins than to mock their history. Of course, it’s easy to do when you don’t have history, but that’s another story for another time.
For now, though, we can revel in this game from Aussie developer NextGen Gaming, which may be basic but is also hilarious and has hatfuls of bonus features that will make even the most miserly King chuckle and rub his palms together.
Right from the off we know where we are with Joker Jester. The five reels are basically drawn and coloured, yet vibrant enough as we spin to win across the 20 paylines. With a Jester-themed slot it goes without saying that our base game low symbols are 10s through Aces, while our winnings receive a royal boost if we land multiples of the Lute and Castle symbols. We are also treated to cartoonish animations – and random Wilds – when we land bonus game winnings or trigger the random Jester Wild bonus, so there is plenty to keep us going while we hunt down the game’s two bonus features.
There may be much to keep us entertained visually and audibly in the game’s fun gameplay but it is the bonus features that really bring this slots title to life. The two bonus features – the Juggle Bonus and Barrel Bonus – are both shot through with NextGen’s trademark humour and are triggered when we land three Juggle symbols on reels 1, 2 and 3 and three Barrel symbols on 3, 4 and 5.
First, we prompt our Jester to juggle ever more eggs as we seek a higher rung on the multiplier ladder – the bonus multiplies our total bet staked. Note the look of increased panic and desperation as we add more and more eggs to the spinning conundrum, until our Joker can’t handle any more and they come crashing down around him. Can he blame us? With a 500x multiplier at stake this Joker has no hope of us slowing down.
The game’s second bonus feature, the Barrel Bonus, offers a pick-me style affair in which we must choose from a selection of barrels. Inside one our Joker is hiding, while prizes await in the others. We smash open the barrels using a hilarious host of unlikely devices, including cats, chicken and flaming rabbits, until we find our Jester and head back to the base game.
To top it all off we can gamble all our winnings with NextGen’s trademark Gamble feature, in which we can double or quadruple our winnings at the flip of a card. With five exponential correct guesses the maximum there’s a castle-full of gold at our fingertips.
Though the graphics be basic and the sounds be lewd, this medieval funny man has what it takes to get us rolling in it while we roll on the floor. That’s a lot of rolls. All we need is some sausages to go with it.