Xmas Joker Slot Review
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Christmas is here, or is it? Who cares! Christmas is one of those things we cannot get enough of and this game helps us to get into the holiday spirit even when it is out of season. Xmas Joker Slot from Play’n GO comes with three reels and five fixed paylines. It’s a very simple game, so it is great when you just want to relax and enjoy your gaming time. Set your bet from 50p to £100 per spin, so there is plenty of room for the high rollers. Produced by the Swedish gaming company Play’n Go who are on top of their game, this video slot certainly adds to their success – especially for us who can’t get enough of this magical time.
Theme, characters and environment
During Christmas many of us get lost in rushing here and there, buying this and buying that, when it should be a time when we get together, enjoy each others company and really take a proper time-out. This is why it is so great that Play’n GO really pumped the breaks on this game and went for the most basic gameplay you could ask for. Chill out, grab a soda and spin on this 3 reeler, 5 payline-er, that does indeed have a free spins bonus feature.
Theme and characters
It feels just like Christmas when you play Xmas Joker’s bonus game. When three Joker Symbols land on your reels you are awarded with 10 free spins. Everything about this game has the look and feel of an old-school one-armed bandit, just like the ones you remember playing in a physical casino, a pub or maybe a pizzeria. Just imagine that Santa came by and transformed one of those classics into a game in his own taste. The reels are set against a green and red backdrop, just as you would hope for. The symbols are gingerbread men, bows, baubles, bells and stars. All you need to do to get a win is to get three of the same on a payline, then you get between 10 and 50 coins.
Environment and atmosphere
This game offers an autoplay feature, so you can sit back and enjoy the music while the reels spin into a winning combination. If you are away from your desktop computer you can play this game on your mobile devices whenever you wish to. Use your smartphone or your iPad to jingle all the way.
History and background
This game was released on the 19th of November 2015, just in time for the holiday season. Although this video slot has been around now for quite some time, the beauty with games is that they never go out of style. Each gaming experience is unique, so regardless of whether the graphics are new and flashy or old school and charming, there is always a place for a Christmas slot in our hearts (and casinos).
Symbols and soundtrack
As mentioned, this is a basic slot without any unnecessary extras, actually without all extras. There are five symbols in Xmas Joker in total:
- Glittery Christmas tree star
- Your classic bells
- Tasty gingerbread men
- Cute candy canes
- A red ornament
Three of the Gingerbread Men will give you 10 coins, which also goes for three of the festive Bows. Players who land three Baubles get 30 coins for their match. Three of the classic Christmas Bells, who also activates a festive song when they land on your reels, will reward you with 40 coins. Last but not least, the Gold star is in a very generous mood and gives any player who gets at least three, a sweet win of 50 coins.
Xmas Joker does not have a wild symbol, but the joker himself is the scatter symbol. Players who get at least three of these anywhere on the reels get a reward of 10 free spins.
Music and sound effects
The beautiful soundtrack is one of our favourite things about this video slot, because it is a really nice and slow Christmas carol with jingling bells and gracious strings. It is a unique version of Jingle bell that sends us all the way into Christmas paradise. Sound effects are soft and pleasant, and did we mention that all the buttons are designed like ginger bread, so when you click ‘Spin’, be careful so that the cookie doesn’t break!
Who doesn’t want some gifts during Christmas? In this game you can get a random instant cash prize if you get at least 2 Christmas gift scatter symbols when you spin your the free spins. The prize can be anything from 1x to 100x your total bet, so you may not always want to play with the minimum bet. Three scatters during the free spins round re-trigger another 10 free spins, up to as many as 50. Technically the max prize in Play’n GO’s Xmas Joker slot is huge – 6020 times your bet, and you never know when luck that massive is going to strike.
It is the jolly Xmas Joker that is the scatter symbol in this game, and he is wearing the classic suit, but this time in red and green with elf ears. Is it Santa’s favourite elf? If you manage to get three jokers anywhere on the reels during the base game, 10 free spins are yours. It is during the free spins round that the scatter changes from the joker to the pink gift, which triggers an instant cash prize.
There are no wild symbols in this video slot, but they have compensated it by allowing all symbols come as stacked symbols. This means that you have the possibility of filling the entire screen with all combinations, the jokers excluded. Remember, this game is all about the free spins with the built in mystery feature.
Pros and cons of the slot
We who love Christmas, we are really intense in our love. All things Christmas are generally awesome, so it doesn’t take so much to convince us to play a game that is full of festive joy, pretty Christmas-y things, free spins, instant cash prizes and a really fun experience. Play’n GO has given this slot machine a fair payout percentage of 96.98%, which is above average for slots. It is a simple game, very much so, and that is also what makes this game so special and unique. If you love Christmas like we do, you should definitely give this video slot a try.
- Instant cash prize from 1x to 100x your bet
- Free spins rounds
- Very festive gaming atmosphere
- No wild symbol
- Does not have any bonus games
- Only five paylines
For more Christmas video slots we can recommend Merry Xmas and Secrets of Christmas. There are also other games with Christmas editions, such as Fruit Shop, Taco Brothers and Flowers Christmas edition.