Mega Joker is a 3 reel online slots game from NetEnt, featuring very traditional and exciting Vegas-style fruit machine looks and streamlined gameplay to give players the feeling of a land-based casino slots experience.
Look and Feel
Mega Joker immediately feels different to the majority of five or seven reel NetEnt slots.
The aim here is to give the player a sense of the traditional land-based casino experience, so you can expect a lot of flashing lights, bright colors, and traditional fruit machine symbols.
The play screen’s backdrop of patterned wallpaper and potted palms, along with the cheerful, jangling sound effects give players a retro-themed burst of nostalgia, and it really does almost feel like standing in front of a physical slots machine.
There is no ambient soundtrack or music, although a few stings will play to celebrate wins.
While the three reel style is a clear nod to Vegas slots, the art style and design of the game and its sound effects are also very reminiscent of the pub and arcade fruit machines that were so popular in the 1980s and 1990s in Britain, and which many players will remember fondly.
The interface is very different from most modern NetEnt properties, with no autoplay button or coin value control, and simple choices through the “Spin,” “Collect,” “Bet,” and “Max Bet” options.
The screen is very busy, but once you’ve adjusted to the design, you’ll see that the retro-style symbols in the base game are the traditional cherries, lemons, melons, bells, treasure chests, and of course jokers. Extra symbols that come into play in Mega Joker’s bonus game, Supermeter, are grapes and lucky sevens.
Mega Joker’s play screen is split into two halves, with the main game taking place on the three reels in the lower half of the screen, and the Supermeter section in the top half of the screen.
Match like symbols from the cherries, lemons, melons, bells, treasure chests and jokers on the main reels at max bet and you’ll unlock the option to either “Collect” your credits, or use them to take a spin on the Supermeter bonus game. You can also choose to keep playing, naturally!
With a standard bet of £2 and the promise of a substantial progressive jackpot, Mega Joker encourages players to play hard until they run out of stakes, and it’s easy to be drawn into the game’s rhythm, though the Supermeter bonus keeps play fresh.
The Supermeter section gives players the option to win prizes based on the size of your bet in the main game, which – taken together with the fact that the large progressive jackpot, while awarded randomly, is also linked to stake amounts – means Mega Joker is a game that rewards risk-taking.
If you don’t win big, the Supermeter spins will run out and return you to the main game to try your luck again, and the old-school appeal of this simple slot game may keep you doing just that.