A jolly jester delivers plenty of action in Joker Stacks, a 5 reel, 15 payline fruit machine from iSoftBet. Look out for the smiling joker who can turn reels wild in the base game. Also on offer is a bonus round that awards 15 free spins. Collect jokers to turn reels into sticky wilds too. Play from between 15p and £15 per spin.

This may look like a classic fruit machine but the visuals have a fresh, glossy look. The purple reels include cherries, melons and lemons which award up to 40 times your stake. Next comes the horse shoe which pays up to 80x followed by the bell which awards up to 100x. Rounding out the standard symbols are the blue and red 7s which pay 125 and 150 times your stake respectively if you land 5 on a payline.

They’re joined by the smiley faced jester who is the game’s wild – he substitutes for everything bar the gold star which is the bonus symbol. On any spin, the jester can spring into life and turn any of reels 1, 3 and 5 into a stacked wild for the spin that follows – this is known as the Sticky Stacked Wild Jokers feature.

Land the gold star symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin to trigger the Free Spins feature – here you’ll be awarded 15 free spins. Any jester wild that lands is collected – once you’ve amassed 6 of them, reel 1 will turn into a stacked wild for the rest of the feature. Another 2 free spins are added to your tally too.

If you manage to collect another 10 jester wilds (on reels 2 through 5 only) then reel 3 will also turn into a sticky stacked wild. You’ll also get another 2 free spins. Repeat the process by accumulating another 10 jesters and reel 5 will turn wild too. Again, another 2 free spins are added to your total.

As far as variance goes, Joker Stacks sits just north of the medium range. This is a pretty simple game whose roots are obviously in classic fruit machines. There are enough extras to keep things interesting though, especially the stacked wilds. The design is decent enough too.

Add all those things together and Joker Stacks becomes a very playable all-rounder if you’re a fan of old school fruities with a modern twist or two. If you want something more engaging, I would recommend you try iSoftBet’s Paranormal Activity.