Jokers Casino Slot from Novomatic
By today’s standards, Jokers Casino is definitely in the ‘historic’ slots category – though there are some unusual elements of this game which are worth checking out. This is one of many games from Novomatic where your only objective is to line up the fruits.
Unusually, this casino slot has 4 reels instead of the usual 3 or 5. Even more unusually, all prizes are awarded for three of a kind wins – which can start on reel 1 or reel 2. There is a wild symbol (in the form of the joker from the title) and a mystery win system too.
The design of this slot perfectly fits the simple game play, with curved reels mimicking the mechanical slots on which this title is based.
How to Win on Jokers Casino
When you first see the crisscrossing reels setup this can seem a little confusing. There are 54 win-lines over the 4 reels – with all wins being 3 of a kind. The best way to understand this is to think of this slot as 2 sets of 3 reels, which overlap in the middle. Reels 1 to 3 can trigger 3 of a kind wins with every combination from left to right (27 ways). Reels 2, 3 and 4 do exactly the same. This means that if you see the same symbol on all 4 reels, you are certain to trigger 2 separate 3 of a kind wins. Any additional symbols of the same type can make for extra wins in the same spin. This becomes clear very quickly once you start taking Jokers Casino for a spin.
The best paying symbols are the red 7’s – these pay 200 coins for 3 of a kind. The joker symbols are wild, substituting for all of the other symbols. If you hit 3 of these then the same win of 200 coins will come your way. Red bars come next, at 80 coins for 3 of a kind, followed by the traditional fruit symbols. Melons and grapes are the best paying of these at 40 coins for a set of 3 – with lemons, plums, oranges and cherries making up the smaller wins.
There is one more symbol on the reels – a blue oval which says ‘cretus’. Hitting 3 of these will award a mystery win, which can be anything from 20 to 200 coins. This is the only feature of this slot which makes it stand out from the crowd.
As usual with Novomatic slot titles, after every win you will be offered the chance to gamble on the turn of a playing card.
Design and Setup of Joker’s Casino
Curved reels are always the sign of a retro style slot. The idea with these is to represent the reel circular reels on old style slots. In fact, everything about this game is designed in a retro way. Prime examples are the fruit symbols on the reels, which look like they are taken straight from the 1st generation of 3 reel slots. Above the reels you will see a bright gold logo, with a stripy blue background behind this.
I’m sure you are not expecting state of the art sound effects based on the description above. What you’ll find with Joker’s Casino are bleeps and whirrs which come from a time when people had just discovered computer generated noises and were keen to experiment!
The setup could not be more simple. The 54 winning combinations are fixed by the layout of the game – so all you need to do is decide how much to bet and hit either the spin or the auto-play button. You’ll see your total credits left on the bottom left, and your current win on the right.
There are too many simple and retro games for this to be worth playing simply as a novelty. While the unusual setup with 4 reels and 3 of a kind wins does make Jokers Casino a little different from most – for me it is not enough to make this slot compelling. Having a wild symbol (which appears reasonably frequently) is always a plus, and the mystery win does add some interest on occasion. Unless you are really into exploring retro slots – I would suggest you continue to explore the Novomatic range.