Another day, another Microgaming partner slot. Exciting times, because this time it is a Megaways game. This is not the first Megaways rodeo ride for All41 Studios, we are already on their third game, which makes All41 Studios one of the main Megaways slot providers for Microgaming. It seems like Megaways slots never age, so we don’t see why they should stop now. Forgotten Island and Shamrock Holmes Megaways slots had more interesting settings going on for them, but for Joyful Joker Megaways we return to much simplified, fruit machine -based gameplay. We will have to see, how this idea pans out.
Joyful Joker Megaways is a 6 reel slot with rows ranging from 2 to 7, which differentiate on each spin. From the first look, it seems like this slot could have come out in 2014 as much as 2021. It has that classic vibe to it. Even though 2014 is not that long ago, it is a fairly long time for video slots, as back then we only started to receive some iconic games that we still know today. Microgaming partners rarely miss completely, so even though the theme doesn’t bring that much excitement, we still believe that Joyful Joker Megaways has some tricks up its sleeve.
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We’ve already put a large emphasis on the fact that this game is made in a classic fashion. Perhaps we even made it seem like a flaw which it isn’t. Classic fruit slots aren’t that popular now, but there are still plenty of players looking to spin the fruity reels. Joyful Joker Megaways has a jazzy feel to it. The background music has is dominated by a funky bass guitar riff. The purple art deco background is very simple but beautiful. Joyful Joker Megaways is a good example of how simplicity is not always the worse option.
Like on any Megaways slot, the winning symbols crumble, leaving a free space for new symbols to appear. This mechanism goes by many names, one example being the tumble mechanism, but here it is called the Rolling Reels. This has been and is a wonderful way to score multiple wins with a single bet. Joyful Joker Megaways provides up to 117,649 ways to win. As you could imagine, Joyful Joker symbols are quite plain such as cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, grapes, watermelons, horseshoe, bell, bar and red seven. That is 10 regular symbols in total. The wild symbol is a big and shiny diamond. Visually these symbols are okayish, pretty much what we initially expected.
Joyful Joker Megaways is a heavy hitter. The payouts do well to justify the Megaways label, especially the mighty 23,000x max win. This is exactly why players still love Megaways slots, it’s because of these potentials. Of course, this is no charity, because It will take some time and patience to get some sweet wins, but the almost 30% hit rate is optimistic. The RTP is 96.25% while the volatility setting is high, which more or less follows the Megaways standard. Joyful Joker bet range is 0.20 – 20, so you could say that high stakes are slightly limited.
A fairly big part of the Joyful Joker visuals is the wheel, which slowly spins on the left side. This wheel is a part of the Joker Spin, which can activate on any regular winning spin. Your win will be multiplied with a random multiplier of 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x. After every successful tumble/rolling reel, the multiplier increases by 1x. There is no limit on how high this multiplier can go. Players can even trigger Free Spins during this mode.
Not 3 but 4 scatters will trigger the Joyful Joker Free Spins. The scatters are the joker himself. Every extra scatter means +2 Free Spins for you, so players get 10, 12 or 14 Free Spins for 4, 5 or 6 scatters respectively. Players will start with a 2x multiplier but every Rolling Reel adds an additional 1x multiplier. For the action hungry, Joyful Joker Megaways provides a bonus buy option. Players will be given 3 options. These options start with 10, 12 or 14 Free Spins and the starting multipliers is 2x or 3x-5x or 5x-10x. The cost is 80x, 120x and 150x.
There is nothing new or overly exciting about Joyful Joker Megaways. It is the bare-bones Megaways experience, nothing more, nothing less. We got a simple, yet okay looking presentation and basic but wonderful Megaways payouts. So in general, Joyful Joker is just that, an okay slot. If you like to keep things uncomplicated, then go ahead and enjoy what Joyful Joker brings. If you are looking for a fresh and new Megaways experience, then unfortunately Joyful Joker doesn’t bring much to the table. Whatever the case, new players will surely be drawn to the 23,000x max win regardless.
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