There’s beauty in simplicity. Perhaps this is the approach that Microgaming’s All41 Studios, under licence from Big Time Gaming, decided to take with this Megaways™ slot. Joyful Joker Megaways™ is a no-nonsense slot for those of us who would rather play something straightforward. Check out our rankings for the best Megaways™ slots around, and read on to learn more about the specifics for this game – you’ll get the full details with our review!
Graphics & Sounds: 85%
Bonus Features: 80%
Overall score: 80%
If you’re one for uncomplicated yet still fun games, this might be the title for you. Check out the design details:
You’ll be pleased to find a classic Megaways™ set-up on this one, with the usual 6 reels; however, the central 4 reels can only have up to 6 symbols instead of the normal 7. Not to worry, though – there’s another horizontally scrolling 4-column reel on top of them. Practically speaking, this achieves the same effect as if they did have up to 7 symbols. The only addition is a spinning wheel to the left of the reels.
Of course, the game overall is smooth and quick to respond, with great animations and effects on all the icons and features.
When it comes to sound effects, these are well-mixed and and of high quality, without any jutters or jitters to be found. It sounded to us like a vaguely 80s smooth jazz mixed with a game show of sorts. Either way, if it is a showbiz atmosphere that they’re going for, you’ll feel like a star!
Just like a lot of other slot titles, Joyful Joker Megaways™ uses images of fruit for its lower-tier symbols. You’ll find cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, grapes and watermelons for these first six tiers, respectively. The addition of these symbols makes the whole game feel like a vintage fruit machine, which hey, we’re not against.
Next up we’ve got the higher-level symbols: a golden horseshoe, a bell, a bar sign and a red number 7, from lowest to highest pay-out, respectively.
Besides these standard symbols, you should also look out for the special ones too. These include the Wild Symbol, which takes the shape of a blue diamond accompanied by the text ‘WILD’. This symbol can stand in for any other one in a combination.
You’ll also occasionally find the Scatter Symbol, represented by the joker figure. This is definitely one to look out for, as 4 of these can net you some free spins. We’ll cover that in detail below.
While perhaps a little sparse on the extras compared to some other slots, this Joker still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Check out this game’s special features below:
The rolling reels feature is a classic on many reel games. You’ll find it on other great Megaways™ slots like Diamond Mine Megaways™ or Monopoly Megaways™. Check out our reviews of these games, or others in our Megaways™ slot list, to see how this feature is implemented. It might be worth noting that it’s sometimes also called Cascading Reels.
Naturally, we’re still happy to see it here, as it can really add that special something to any spin. The winning symbols will explode in a burst of coins. The symbols above fall down so that new ones take their place, allowing for new possible wins! This feature will keep going until no new combinations are formed, and is also available in the free spins mode, which is detailed below.
Another of the Joker’s tricks is the wheel we mentioned earlier, which can net you Joker Spins. It sits to the left of the main reels and has multipliers of 2×, 3×, 5×, 10×. These can be triggered at random on any spin and will be applied to the next spin. While they are called Joker Spins, this feature is no joke as it can really turn a good spin into something excellent and positively game-changing.
Remember that Scatter symbol from earlier? Land 4 or more of those in one spin on any of the reels and you’ll activate the free spins feature. The joker’s even generous about it! A 2× multiplier is automatically assigned at the beginning of the free spins feature. If you had racked up a better multiplier from beforehand, that one will apply instead. You’ll even get more free spins if there are more than 4 of those joker scatters on your reels:
Once inside the free spins feature, you might trigger additional free spins by landing more joker symbols on the top reel!
Depending on where you’re from, you might also be able to use the buy feature and purchase free spins. The cost depends on the multiplier you’d like to start with:
With the 120× and 150× stake options, the multiplier is chosen randomly between the two options. Keep in mind that the multiplier can keep climbing without a limit. This joyful joker can really rocket the pay on your stakes!
While you won’t find any big surprises in this section, we still thought it would be a good idea to give you a rundown of the figures. That way, you’ll have a spot that’s easy to refer to, if you’re comparing any slots!
Again, a bog-standard figure for games of this type. The RTP for Joyful Joker Megaways™ is set at 96.25%.
The Max Win on Joyful Joker Megaways™ is a healthy 23,000× your original bet. It’s safe to say that if this number crops up on any spin, the Joker will have you laughing indeed!
Just like most other Megaways™ games, volatility is medium to high on this one. Hit frequency is around 27%, so you can expect a winning spin a little more frequently than every 4 spins.
The minimum bet is set at £/$/€0.20, and the maximum bet is set at £/$/€20. We think this is a good range for most players, whether you’re a high roller or like to play with smaller bets.
Did you really think All41 and Microgaming wouldn’t think of this one? Of course, Joyful Joker Megaways™ is compatible with all operating systems and mobile devices: iOS, Android, tablet or smartphone. No surprises here, but in this case, that’s just the way we like it!
Playing this game is a breeze. The controls are easy and intuitive, and you won’t have any issue finding the features you want to use. You’ll find everything on the right-hand side of the screen.
At the centre-right, there’s the big orange spin button with the All41 logo on it. Above it, you’ll find the settings represented by a gear icon and an additional information tab. In the latter you can find the paytable, as well as a full write-up of the game’s features in the help section.
All in all, we think Joyful Joker Megaways™ was a safe bet from All41 and Microgaming. Although it doesn’t really offer anything out of the ordinary, the game is perfect for those of you out there looking for some simple fun, no frills attached. It’s great when the Joker randomly gives out his spins, so we think it’s worth trying the game out and giving him a spin yourself!
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|Number of ways||117,649 Megaways™|
|Number of ways||Up to 117,649|
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|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Volatility||Medium to High|
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|Number of ways||15,625|
|Number of ways||Unlimited|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
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The RTP for Joyful Joker Megaways™ is 96.25%.
The max win for Joyful Joker Megaways™ is 23,000× your bet.
Joyful Joker Megaways™ has Rolling Reels, Joker Spins and Free Spins features. Read our review for more details!
Joyful Joker Megaways™ is developed by All41 and Microgaming under licence from Big Time Gaming.
You can win Joyful Joker Megaways™ by landing 3 or more of the same icon on reels which are next to each other. There are 117,649 ways to win in all!
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