Joyful Joker Megaways
Let’s head back to the 80s with Joyful Joker Megaways slot from Microgaming and All41 Studios.
Thankfully it also comes with all the trappings of modern slot like a bonus wheel, unlimited win multipliers and a max win of 23,000x your bet.
There’s not too much to say here, my fine friends. The design is clean, simple and revolves around your traditional fruit machine style. Set on a purple background, the soundtrack is a game show ditty and the Joker pops up from time to time when you scoop a big win.
Overall, it does the trick.
Joyful Joker Megaways slot has 6 reels with a maximum of 7 rows (that can vary) and 17,649 ways to win. That’s somewhat more than traditional games like the Bullion Bars slot 9that’s got 9 pay-lines).
The game continues its retro theme right through to the pay-table that’s made up of classic fruity symbols. The lower paying icons are cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, grapes, and lemons. Meanwhile the higher value symbols are the horseshoe, golden bell, BAR, and lucky red 7.
The Wild icon is the shiny diamond and your scatters are the Jokers.
Bets start at 0.20 and go up to 20.00 per spin, which will suit the low rollers among you.
As a Megaways slot you’ll be expecting to see those Rolling Reels. And here they are!
After a win, the successful symbols will explode and are removed from the reels allowing for new ones to drop in from above.
This rather excellent process will give you extra chances to win and continues til no more wins are made.
To the left of the reels you’ll see a bonus wheel that is filled with multipliers. This Lucky Wheel can randomly trigger whilst in the base game awarding you a spin of said wheel that could land on a x2, x3, x5, or x10 multiplier.
This will now be applied to your next spin and the multiplier will increase by x1 for each successive cascade win you make.
Land 4x Joker icons on the reels and you’ll trigger off the Free Spins.
10 goes with a 2x multiplier will now be yours, but on each Rolling Reel cascade win the multiplier will increase by x1 – and there is no upper limit to how high it can reach.
You’ll also net x2 more spins for every new scatter that lands which is pretty generous, and the Bonus is re-triggerable too. I say!
The Monkey Verdict
Joyful Joker Megaways slot is Microgaming’s second attempt at a Megaways release, and it’s not a bad effort.
Yes, the overzealous animated jester is fairly irritating, but he brings with him an unlimited win multiplier in the Free Spins round, so who can complain?
Even if you don’t like a fruit machine-style slot, this Megaways version might just be the thing to change your mind.