Star Joker Slot
Star Joker is Play ‘n Go’s final release of 2018 and it’s a basic but beneficial addition to their portfolio. It’s a low variance affair with fairly standard old school fruity symbols on a 5x3 reel set with 10 fixed pay lines and an RTP of 96.25%.
For a low variance slot, there is some decent potential with up to 5000x bet size win possible in the free spins bonus round. Star Joker can be played from €0.10 up to €100 per spin.
Design and Symbols
Star Joker’s design is simple as any take on a classic fruity should be. The game board dominates the screen and sits on top of a simple purple background with a few occasionally twinkling lights. The symbols are once again mainly generic fruity symbols (cherries, oranges, melons, plums, red sevens etc). The scatter symbol, which only appears on reels 1, 3, and 5, is a beaming Joker and there is also a wild symbol represented by a golden star. The game plays alongside a groovy disco beat.
The low-value symbols (in order) are cherries, strawberries, plums, oranges, and melons. The high-value symbols are bells, diamonds, red sevens, and the wild. The two highest symbols (red sevens and wilds) are worth 100x and 500x the bet size respectively for 5 on a pay line.
As well as the aforementioned free spin bonus round Star Joker also has a gamble feature for base game wins.
After any win during the base game, you have the option to hit the gamble button at the bottom of the game board whereupon a small screen will pop up showing a face-down deck of cards. To the left of the deck are the options RED and BLACK and to the right of the deck are the options, clubs, spades, hearts, and diamonds. If you correctly guess which colour the next card off the deck will be you’ll double your money. If instead, you opt to choose a suit and make a correct guess here then you will quadruple your winnings. You can collect at any time but choose incorrectly and you lose the lot.
Free Spins with Wilds
The game’s only feature is the free spin round which is activated by landing the joker scatter on reels 1, 3, and 5. Trigger the bonus round and you’ll receive 10 free spins. Free spins are significantly more profitable than base game spins as the joker will turn gold and will also now substitute as a wild. Combined with the star wilds, these additional wilds can pay off pretty handsomely. As well as now being wild if you land 3 more jokers during a free spin you will be awarded 10 more free spins on a one-off basis.
Our Thoughts on Star Joker
For such a simple, low variance game Star Joker actually offers some decent opportunities to pull in some sizeable wins. The presence of two wild symbols during the free spins is a nice touch and they don’t appear to be too hard or painful to trigger. This game is probably not going to be for the high variance lovers, although it will definitely appeal to them more than many low volatility games. The core market for Star Joker, however, is likely to be newbies, and that’s pretty evidently what Play ‘n Go have gone for here as when you open the slot you are offered a free of charge hand-holding walkthrough of the game and how to play it. I suppose if you’ve never seen a slot in your life this could be useful but it seems a little unnecessary considering just how straightforward this slot is. Mind you it would have been useful for me had Yggdrasil offered something like this when I came to review Dark Vortex and Nitro Circus.
So, to conclude, Star Joker is a decent contemporary take on a classic fruity theme. It is a perfect starter slot for a wet-behind-the-ears newbie, with enough potential to also appeal to recreational players and bonus grinders.