Kings Jester Slot from Novomatic
You will find bell symbols on the reels of King Jester, a 5 reel Novomatic slot game – only not the usual ones. Instead of the traditional slot bell, these bells are the type that were on the end of a jester’s hat (or maybe on a cat’s collar). These bells play an important role in the game, kicking off the free spins round where you’ll see a lot more wild symbols on the reels. In addition to the feature, you’ll find 2 progressive jackpots – and plenty of ways to win by lining up the diverse symbols on the reels.
How to Win on King’s Jester
There are 10 win lines in total, so keep in mind that the bigger wins below can be yours for spins totaling just 10 coins. The biggest wins are the 2 progressive jackpots, which are triggered by hitting the jester wild symbols 5 times on a win line. There are 2 amounts (which at the time of writing were just over 5,000 coins and just over 10,000 coins). You will win the larger of these if your jesters have an ‘X’ symbol on the top right corner, and the smaller for the regular jesters.
These symbols are also wild – as usual they substitute for the regular symbols – though not the scatters (bells). You’ll get 1000 coins for 4 on a win-line, 100 for 3 and 20 coins for just 2 from the left.
Next come the king and the queen, which are worth 500 coins for 5 of a kind. There are differences in the smaller payouts from these symbols – with the king paying down to 2 of a kind, though the queen requires 3. A lute and an instrument made up of pipes you blow into are next (250 for 5) with 4 aces (35) and the playing card symbols making up the smaller wins.
The unusual bell scatter symbols have the biggest potential payout other than the jackpots in the regular game. If you hit 5 of these anywhere on the reels (they are not tied to any win line) then you’ll win 5,000 coins. There are consolation prizes of 500 coins for 4 and 50 for 3. In addition to these wins, 3+ bells trigger 15 free spins in the bonus round.
Laughing Through the King’s Jester Bonus Game
You’ll have the opportunity to hit a lot more wins during the free spins bonus game. This is due to the stacked jester wild symbols. Reel 3 is almost always filled with 3 jesters. The only time this is not is when one of the symbols on that reel is the bell scatter symbol. When you hit one or two other jesters on the remaining reels, you can suddenly find yourself with a lot of winning combinations at once.
You’ll hear a lot more on-theme sounds during this free spins game too – or at least computer generated equivalents of medieval music! You can retrigger for more spins by hitting 3+ of the bell symbols while you play.
Fairy-Tale Design and 10 Line Setup
Unusually for Novomatic, there is a detailed background graphic for the Kings Jester slot machine game. This involves a fairy-tale castle complete with pointed turrets to the left of the reels, with a mountain range in the background and a lake to the right. You get a ‘sunset’ version of the same view when you hit the free spins game. This contrasts with the plain black background of the reels, and the bright colors used for the symbols.
Every person featured is smiling, including the full face jester and both the king and queen. These are drawn with a lot of detail, while the other symbols like the bell, cards and instruments are more basic designs. Playing card symbols have a pitted gold surround. Unusually, when you win with a symbol it goes black while your win is collected and the offer of the gamble-after-win kicks in.
There are a default 10 win lines across the 5 reels, and you can bet from just 1c per line and up. You can also enjoy the standard auto-play option – and even mute the sounds and music.
I liked Kings Jester slot game, which brings together a lot of the positives of Novomatic slots in one nicely designed game. There are 2 progressive jackpots, and a free spins game where the extra wilds will help you hit multiple wins. You can also win some reasonable amounts from the base game. If you enjoy Novomatic slots, this is certainly one for your short list.