Love the convenience of online slot action, but miss the simplicity of a 3-reel machine slot experience? Play’n GO’s Mystery Joker does a brilliant job of combining modern online slot elements with nostalgic 3-reel features. Released in 2014, Mystery Joker offers a high RTP of 96,98% with the potential to win upwards of 100x the Total Bet during Free Spins with Mystery Wins. Unlike machine slots, Mystery Joker has the added benefit of delivering a retro slot experience to players via any compatible desktop or mobile device.
A Retro Online Slot Experience
Mystery Joker is a 3-row, 3-reel, 5-fixed payline online slot that exudes a retro vibe straight from the golden days of 3-reel slot machines. Though online slots are modern by definition, this little slot doesn’t deviate too far from traditional machine slots with its Bells, Stars and Fruit symbols, limited lines and simple design. The reels consume the screen set against a flat, purple background. As for the music, it is annoyingly repetitive, and the overall the visual quality is everything you would expect of an outdated slot.
Mystery Joker offers 10 Cash Bet options, ranging from 50p-£100 at Vera&John, distributed evenly along the slot’s 5 paylines. All Mystery Joker values for Balance, Bet, and Total Wins are displayed in cash along the bottom of the slot screen. Under the title at the top, Line Wins flash in neon blue.
Mystery Joker’s simple design allows for a limited number of symbols (only 6) which are all classics with the exception of its single special symbol – the Joker Hat Scatter. The Joker Hat Scatter symbol is involved in both the Mystery Win and Free Spins Bonus Features. Mystery Joker’s regular symbols, listed in order from highest to lowest value, include Star, Bell, Plums, Lemon and Cherries.
Gameplay is left to right. Spin 3 of anything to win. Paytable values are listed in coins which remain fixed despite changes in Bet. Mystery Joker auto-calculates coin wins to cash for us by multiplying the coin win by the Bet per Line and displaying the cash win in the Total Win box. For example, if a spin, with a Bet of £1, yields a win of 3 matching Plum symbols, then the pay would be 30 coins. The slot calculates the Total Win by multiplying 30 x 0.20 for a cash win of £6.
All single payline wins are profitable from the lowest value Cherries on up. Win anywhere from 2x-10x the Bet along a single payline during Main Gameplay. Of course, with Free Spins and Mystery Wins, Total Wins can surpass those numbers allowing players to win up to 100x the Bet per payline each spin. It is also possible to get multiple wins (up to 5) along differing paylines which are added together for a larger Total Win.
For an online slot styled after older slots, it is surprising that Mystery Joker’s Autoplay is rather advanced. There are 5 options ranging from 10-50 consecutive spins. Advanced setting allow players to stop Autoplay on any win, on free spins triggering, on a set single win amount, or in the event the Balance increases/decreases by a set amount.
Mystery Joker Settings allow players to adjust sound, set Auto Bet or set the spacebar to spin.
Speed up gameplay by hitting spin again which stops the reels more quickly.
Mystery Joker Bonus Features
Free Spins with Mystery Wins: Get 3 Joker Hat Scatter symbols to trigger 10 Free Spins with the chance to Re-trigger up to 50 Free Spins. Get 2 or 3 Joker Hats to earn a Mystery Win that awards up to 100 coins! Mystery Wins are converted to cash by multiplying the coin win directly to the Total Cash Bet, potentially awarding up to 100x the selected Bet. If the highest Bet is selected, that is a potential £10,000 Mystery Win.
Summary table Mystery Joker
|Software developer||Play’n GO|
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||September 2014|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||96,98%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Medium|
|Features (?)||Free spins and Mystery Win|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 / 5|
|Min. / Max. bet||50p up to £100|
|Max. prize||100x your bet|
Search the Reels for Joker Hats!
Unlike more complicated, modern slots, gameplay is incredibly simple to follow, making this a perfect online slot for beginners. The graphics are dismal, but it could be argued that Play’n GO is striving to achieve a nostalgic feel that only sub-par graphics can deliver. Overall, the RTP and moderate Jackpot win potential make this slot worth a spin. It is also worth mentioning that any win during the Main Game or Free Spins Feature will turn a profit which can’t be said for most online slots out there.
Of course, with high symbol profits, wins will be few and far between. While testing the Mystery Joker demo, we won 5 Main Game wins out of 100 spins with no more than 3 payline wins per spin. Free Spins triggered 3x. We made most of our cash back here with 9 Mystery Wins which paid decently even winning the max Mystery Win pay of 100x our Bet.
If 100x the Bet sounds a bit low, try a 3-reel slot experience that offers larger big win potential such as Play’n GO’s Eye of the Kraken which awards up to 500x the Bet, or, NextGen’s Jackpot Jester Wild Nudge which awards up to £100,000.
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