It’s difficult being a King or Queen in this day and age, but at least they have Netflix. Back a few hundred years there was very little in the way of entertainment for anyone, the Royals with their millions in taxes had the humble jester to entertain them, and entertain them they certainly did! Along with jesters there were jokers, the same in all but name, and it’s these guys that feature here with NextGen’s basic yet vibrant slot, featuring a range of bonuses to keep you hooked.
Presented over a standard 5 x 3 setup with an average offering of 25 paylines, Joker Jester sits against a background of colourful decorations giving it an overall uplifting vibe; it’s nice.
The high value symbol here come to you as a lute and a castle, along with a juggling balls scatter, a jester wild, a barrel and a basket of eggs - the later two being the bonus symbols. Lower value symbols bare no surprises as they are the classic playing card icons,10, J, Q, K and Ace.
The bonus features that make the game
Get a full basket of eggs anywhere across reels one, two or three and the Juggle Bonus will be triggered. This fun feature sees our jester friend juggling a couple of eggs in front of your very eyes. Your task is to keep adding more eggs, pushing his skills to the limit. If he messes up and drops them,you lose you winnings, if he makes it you can collect the prize multiplier.
A padlock will appear on the multiplier scale at times, this shows that the progress has been saved, securing your winning at that point. It’s a nice touch and has a very effective psychological effect of pushing on a bit further - clever. The golden egg increases the multiplier prize rapidly, so you want to pick those if you dare.
Trigger this simple mini game by getting the barrell symbol over reels three, four and five. A number of barrels come into view giving you the continuing task of picking them to reveal hidden prizes. The game will end when you find the jester, which is the overall aim.
This feature is random in its activation and works by leaving wilds scattered all over the reels, this can happen after a spin. The paylines will be reevaluated for additional wins when our friend the jester has done his bit.
As a typical gamble feature this mean that any win can be subject to you attempt to double or quadruple it Hit the gamble button under the reels when you win on a spin and correctly guess whether the next card drawn is the right colour or suit. You’ll have a total of five correct guesses before the feature ends. The danger with these gamble features is that if you lose, you lose everything so be extra careful, as tempting as it may be - 50/50 is just that, and both outcomes are as likely as each other. Do it occasionally and don’t attempt to get too many correct guesses in a row.
It seems to be the trend recently to offer a very simple game in design and function, with a solid range of bonuses. Joker Jester slot is no exception, and although it tends to feel a little old-fashioned, it does have a quirky charm about it. That wealth of bonuses really makes it a contender in a crowded field. We liked it, in fact we played it for about three days, so….
Words: David Bailey-Lauring