In the world of online slots we tend to expect a certain format form different themes and setups. It’s often thought that more complex slot need to have five reels to be competitive and exciting, but Betsoft asks why, and have with their new slot Jumbo Joker are out to prove that this most definitely isn't the case.
Presented over the three reel setup many associates with classic, generally basic slot, this new five payline slot has a surprising level of depth. Of course on the first impression, it gives you an impression of simplicity, but dig a bit deeper and you’ll find the potential for some huge payouts if you can push your luck and get some consecutive wins, along with a fun ride along the way.
Anything to make you giggle
You’ll find a fairly simple design as mentioned, the reels sitting against a patterned blue backdrop. Game info is easily accessible, located to the right of the action and negating the need to go searching for your payout scores. Jesters loiter around the scene to remind you what the core theme is, otherwise it’s crisp and clean in its layout.
This is a game for the beginner or the cautious player, high rollers won’t be so taken with the limiting mechanics, there are a few opportunities to bet big, but never to the levels of some seasoned VIPs.
There a time to take things seriously
So, what makes this three-reeler so special? Well, it could have something to do with the fact that it is played over two sets of three reels throughout the game. Starting with the lower set, you’ll be given two choices. Bet one coin on a single line, or 10 coins across five lines, this naturally brings in bigger payouts. Three-of-a-kinds are what you’re aiming for here, in both cases, and the prizes are dependent on the symbols that you match.
To get prizes you’ll need to match cherries and lemons for the smaller rewards, watermelons and bells for medium-sized rewards, or treasure chests for the stonking big ones. Treasure chests will give you a sexy 200x your stake if you get three on any line. Play the game with the bet level set to 10 coins to take advantage of the joker’s mystery prize. Three across any line will bring in prizes worth form 20-400 credits.
There are some huge wins to be had
Amazingly, each win is worth at least 20 coins, which means that playing into a loss can sometimes pay off well. You’ll also get the choice to either collect your winnings or let them ride in the jumbo meter. Having credits in this meter gives you the option of playing across four new betting levels, these range from 20 to 200 credits. This is where you get to see the upper set of reels, the second set that does away with the treasure chests for oranges, grapes and lucky sevens, all with their own unique values.
Fans of classic slots will love this one, especially those like us who have simply been spoiled by the all-singing-all-dancing modern video slots. There is a complexity to Jumbo Joker that fills this void perfectly, it fills in the gaps that the jazzy new slots leave in the hearts of classic slot lovers everywhere. We love the levels that are available, the safety net of being able to jump ship when things get a little dicey, and most importantly the full control this inevitably gives you over the game's volatility, a slot gamer’s dream come true.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring