If you’re looking for a slot that delivers super straightforward gameplay then you won’t find much simpler than Joker’s Jewels. Created by Pragmatic Play, it’s a 5 reel, 5 payline, jester-themed slot that offers nada in the way of features but plenty of fast paced base game action. Play from between 5p and £25 per spin.

Lovers of slots with back story and bonuses aplenty would be well advised to give Joker’s Jewels a swerve. You won’t find either in this totally stripped back game. Despite the joker in its name, you won’t even find a wild here. What you will get is something that’s more akin to a classic fruity than a feature heavy video slot.

The plain purple reels are set within a game cabinet and include a selection of gemstone symbols and objects traditionally associated with a jester. At the bottom of the payout chain are the dark blue and pale blue gemstones with pay 4, 8 or 40 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a line. They’re followed by the red gemstone and the jester’s shoes which pay 4, 10 or 40 times your stake.

More rewarding are the juggling clubs and the lute which will get you 10, 40 or 200 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination.  Top of the payout tree by far though is the (not so jolly-looking) jester. Find 3, 4 or 5 of these on a payline and you’ll pocket 20, 200 or 1,000 times your stake.

The only other symbol is the crown which is the scatter. It offers payouts of 10, 50 or 250 times your stake if you find 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels on the same spin. Of course, the scatter doesn’t trigger any features as there aren’t any.

Joker’s Jewels is all about managing expectations. If you’re hoping for free spins, cash trails and pick me rounds then you’ll be sorely disappointed. If, on the other hand, you want a game where you can just hit autoplay then this medium-high variance slot should do nicely.

If you’re lucky enough to fill the screen with jesters, you’ll pocket 5,000 times your stake. The stripped back gameplay certainly won’t be for everyone. If you do fancy some simple, retro action then Joker’s Jewels offers precisely that. It’s a decent game but I prefer bonus features – Pragmatic Play has lots of slots that offer them with Wild Spells and Journey to the West good options.