Medieval adventure comes calling in Jester’s Crown, a highly volatile 5 reel, 40 payline jackpot slot from Novomatic. The joking jester can leave you smiling as he’s the game’s wild. Also on offer are up to 24 free spins complete with a stacked jester wild and doubling multiplier. Stakes range from between 40p and £50 per spin.

Jester’s Crown is a slot that could only be created by Novomatic – visually, it’s not the most appealing game you’ll see. An old castle forms the backdrop to the plain black reels which include olde worlde style playing cards alongside a lute, a drum and a pair of dice. More rewarding are the ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Maid Marian’ characters, both of whom award 200 coins if you land 5 on a payline.

The star attraction here is the jester who is the game’s wild – as usual, he replaces all other symbols apart from the scatter. He offers awards of 5, 50 or 500 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 on the same payline. The wild can also appear stacked. Fill all 20 positions on the reels with a joker and you’ll trigger the progressive jackpot.

The jester wild really comes into his own during the Free Games feature which is triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 crown scatters on the same spin. As well as a payout equal to 2, 20 or 200 times your total stake, you’ll also receive 12 free spins.

Those free spins come with a stacked wild ever present on reel 3. Any winning combo that includes a wild during the free spins sees the payout doubled. So 4 ‘Robin Hoods’ plus a wild would get you an award of 400 rather than 200 coins. The standard wild payouts are doubled too, as is the progressive jackpot. You can re-trigger more free spins here too giving you up to 24 in total.

It might not be a thing of beauty but Jester’s Crown is a playable slot, especially if you like volatile action. The variance here is sky high so some careful bankroll is suggested.

This ticks all the usual Novomatic boxes. The design won’t be to everyone’s taste but the simple gameplay can deliver some potentially spectacular action. Get lucky with the wilds and multipliers in the feature and the Jester’s Crown could leave you laughing all the way to the bank. I would also suggest you try King’s Jester, by Novomatic, which is very similar theme wise. Alternatively, WMS’ Black Knight II is excellent.