Batman and the Joker Jewels Slot
If you have already enjoyed the other Batman slots in the Ash Gaming range, then this title featuring the infamous Joker is worth a look. This is based on the original TV show and comic strip from DC Comics. It includes random extra wilds (courtesy of the Joker) and a free spins game which will keep on running while the Joker and Batman battle over a ‘multiplier meter’. You’ll also get a shot at one of 4 progressive jackpots, which are shared between many DC Superheroes slots.
The Serious Side of the Joker Slot – The Setup
Many of the Ash Gaming Batman slots use unusual reel setups. This is very much a standard one, with a 5 by 3 grid and 25 win lines. You can spin from just 25c, or increase your bet in multiples of that amount. Using win-lines instead of an all-ways system means that the individual wins can be bigger. The biggest payout (for 5 wilds on a line) is 2500 coins.
You will find many of the same symbols on all the DC Batman slots – with Batman and Robin the most obvious examples. These symbols can be in double and triple size, as well as appearing individually. The Joker symbol, showing the characteristic wide lipstick-covered mouth, can also be up to 3 symbols tall. If you combine these stacked symbols (and or wilds) you will sometimes trigger multiple wins from the same spin.
There are two new unique symbols which fit with the Joker theme. These are a toy gun (complete with the word ‘bang’) and wind-up chattering false teeth.
Two Types of Wild Symbol
Regular wilds are the same as all the Batman slots. These are the batman logo with the word ‘wild’ underneath it. This will substitute for all the other regular symbols.
You will also get extra wilds, which have the Joker’s mouth on them. These are randomly triggered, with an entertaining animation. You will hear laughter, and the Joker will appear in front of the reels to either side. This figure jumps up and down, not so much like an animation – more like one of the early Monty Python cartoon sequences with static pictures moving over the screen. The Joker will deposit 3 or more extra wilds onto the reels – which will then spin as usual with those in place.
Multiplier Battle Free Spins
Three of the bonus symbols will trigger the free spins bonus game. Instead of a fixed amount of spins, you get to choose sides in the epic battle of the Joker vs. Batman.
You can get up to 5x multipliers on each spin during the feature, which is preceded by a retro clip featuring the villain himself. There are special symbols on the reels which move a counter on the meter up and down. Your multiplier increases at the ends, with 1x for the character you did not choose as one of the central options.
It is possible to keep spinning for some time. The game will end when the counter gets to one of the ‘end’ stations on either side of the meter.
Progressive Jackpots Game
Many DC Comic themed slots share progressive jackpots, which you will see ticking upwards over the reels in this game. This is randomly triggered, and takes you to a non-themed second screen where you can pick from 20 tiles. Winning each jackpot requires a different number of tiles, with the grand (biggest) prize needing the most, and the ‘mini’ just 2 picks. You keep picking tiles until you win one of the jackpots.
No Jewels in the Batman vs. Joker Slot Design
While the design is cartoon-like and entertaining, there are none of the jewels promised in the title. Instead the crazy green-haired Joker, teeth and toy gun create an entertaining theme on the reels. The background is purple, and there are plenty of nice touches (including that infamous Joker laugh) to keep you entertained.
With many of the other DC Batman slots having very good animations, I can only assume that the strange random wilds animation featuring the Joker was done deliberately. You will also see some entertaining smaller animations in the free spins bonus game. As with the other slots in this range, you will hear crazy retro music while you spin.
Is the Batman and the Joker Jewels Slot a Serious Proposition?
This online slot is certainly entertaining – if somewhat less feature packed than the other titles in the same range. The extra wilds during the base game help to create some bigger line hits, and the free spins game has the potential to go on for a long time. The Joker slot is no laughing matter – check it out for yourself soon!