Based solely on the name, one might think Joker Fortune is a video poker game, but in actually is a fantastic fruit machines with visions of grandeur – and some neat features for players to enjoy. Anyone interested in free respins, for example…? The Joker Fortune slot is a 5-reel, 10-payline game on which bets from 50¢ to $25 per spin may be placed. This slots game also fancies itself a bit of a fruit machine game:
The symbols are excellently rendered cherries, oranges, plums, grapes, watermelons and the like, but all are anthropomorphized to include big googly eyes – let’s assume they’re keeping watchful eyes for the crazy clown who wants to smash ‘em up.
Speaking of said clown, the Krusty wannabe in the Joker Fortune slot represent the wild, doing the wild thing in substituting for other symbols to make up winning combinations. And speaking further of clowns, what the hell, anyway? Considering that Ronald McDonald has been retired as a burger pusher, that circuses are little more than a lame reminder of a pitiable past, and that the Joker of Batman lore has subverted the very look of clownery, perhaps it’s time to retire this cultural caricature altogether.
Not at all! Start with the fact that, while the Joker Fortune slot has a mere 10 paylines, these pay both ways! No, really: winning combos running right to left pay as readily as those running left to right. On top of this, Joker Fortune includes the excellent reel-respin feature; after random spins, any number of reels between 1 and 4 will be respun, with the others holding on the reels. This feature harkens back to the pub slots of the 1990s with the sadly moribund “nudge” and “hold” options. Reel respins don’t always add up to wins, but damn if it’s not exciting to see those reels running in the opposite direction…
The Joker Fortune slots game also includes a nice free spins round –
We were just getting to that. Once again, the Joker Fortune slot looks ho-hum typical but surprises instead: In straightforward fashion, free spins are awarded when three or more of the “JOKER FORTUNE” symbol appear on a payline.
During the free spins bonus feature, every free spin may "activate" and re-spin between one and five reels randomly. Additionally, wild jokers are added to the reels and, should at least one come up, the reel in which the wild symbol appears becomes filled with stacked wilds.
During the free spins bonus round, a total of 15 wild jokers may be stacked, resulting in this game’s jackpot payout.
A whopping 100,000 coins awaits the lucky player who fills the screen with the titual joker of Joker Fortune slots. That’ll have you cackling madly like a Batman villain…