We’re in classic Novomatic country with Jumping Jokers. It’s a super simple, old school fruit machine that might be lacking in bonus features but offers plenty of action courtesy of the wild symbols that expand whenever they land. Play here from 40p per spin.
The set up in Jumping Jokers is pretty Spartan – you’ll see a collection of fruity favourites spinning around the plain, purple reels. At the bottom of the payout food chain are grapes, lemons and orange. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these and you’ll win an award of 0.5, 1 or 5 times your stake.
Slightly better are the plums and grapes which offer payouts if 1, 2 or 10 times your bet, the bell at 2, 5 or 20x and the melon at 3, 8 or 30 times your stake. The best of the standard symbols is the gold star which offers payouts of 10, 50 or 100 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination.
The Jumping Joker is the game’s wild and it can land on all 5 reels. When it does, it expands to fill the whole of the reel wild. Better still is if the Joker lands on multiple reels as they will all turn wild.
Finally, there’s the golden crown which is the Mystery Scatter – land 3 or more of the crown and you’ll win a special prize from the following ranges:
- 3 scatters pay between 2 and 100 times your stake
- 4 scatters pay between 10 and 500 times your stake
- 5 scatters pay between 100 and 1,000 times your stake
Novomatic has stripped things back here. With just 5 paylines, you can expect some lengthy winless spells. Land the jumping joker on multiple reels on the same spin and some great results are possible. We’d put the variance in the medium to high range.
Despite the lack of free spins or other bonuses, we enjoyed Jumping Jokers more than we expected to. The design is nothing special but the expanding wilds landed on virtually every spin to spice up the action. Add the rewards from the crown scatters and Jumping Jokers offers some very decent potential. It won’t be a game for many video slot fans but for a simple, classic fruity, you’ll do okay with the Jumping Jokers. If you want bonus features, Novomatic offers you this too with Lord of the Ocean a must.