T’is the season! In the next few weeks, we can expect to see a flurry of Christmas-themed slots. Play’n Go is the first in line with its Xmas Joker. Its reels are decked with boughs of holly, festive ornaments, bells and yummy. Merry music plays in the background, transporting you to Santa’s workshop or a very Christmassy casino. Grab a mug of eggnog and get spinning.
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|Release Date||November 2015|
|Software Provider||Play'n Go|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.0%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||3 reels/ 5 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||50p – £100|
|Free Spins||Up to 10 free spins|
|Features||Scatter Symbols, Free Spins, Mystery Multiplier|
|Pros||Beautiful audio visuals throughout the game|
|Cons||Low payouts, too simple|
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There are three reels and five fixed paylines. It’s a very simple game, a little too simple in fact. There are five symbols in Xmas Joker – the glittery star atop the Christmas tree, bells, gingerbread men, candy canes and a red ornament. Winnings range from 10 to 50 times your wager.
Players can have a go at Xmas Joker from 50p to £100 per spin. Please do not play with any more than the minimum bet though. While the game’s packaging may trigger merry feelings, its mechanics does not. I spun the reels for a straight two minutes without scoring any sizeable wins. The reels kept my hopes up with lots of stacked symbols, or similar symbols that appear in the same column. However, these matching symbols hardly appear on the same row. It soon became a very dull and expensive gaming session.
It feels just like Christmas morning inside Xmas Joker’s bonus game. Score three Joker Symbols and you’ll get 10 free spins. The free spins mode bears even more gifts. If three gift symbols appear during free spin mode, you’ll get 10 free spins. If two gift symbols appear, you’ll get a mystery multiplier. Tear open the packaging and you’ll reveal your multiplier prize; these range from 1 to 100x your total bet. To be honest, any multiplier worth 1-10x would make a terrible gift. I’ve never had the pleasure of opening any of these presents myself, as this feature did not make an appearance throughout my entire gaming session.
From the first second of playing Xmas Joker, I was hit with the warm fuzzy feeling of Christmas. The artwork and background music are simply spot on. This game is released simultaneously at mobile and desktop casinos. Both versions feature high-definition animation and smooth performance. I must commend the game’s simple user interface as well. There are simple buttons to configure your bet level and a handy AutoPlay function.
Xmas Joker is produced by a Swedish gaming company called Play’n Go. It’s a formidable name in the slots world. Play’n Go has recently been nominated for the EGR Industry Awards. The company has released a slew of titles in the past six weeks, all of which showcased premium graphics. I enjoyed its Eye of the Kraken, while other players on the Internet have spoken highly of Happy Halloween. However, a common complaint with all of Play’n Go’s games are that they are slow to accumulate wins. They are beautiful, but they aren’t very exciting.
If the game appears on your game lobby, go ahead and play a few spins. Some festive music and friendly jokers would do you good on a cold November night. However, don’t hang around for too long. Xmas Joker is not generous with cash or Christmas gifts. Payout is low, free spins are rare and bonus features non existent. Let’s sit tight and hope that the slot world’s next Xmas offering is a good one.