The humble fruit machine gets a 3D cartoon makeover in Joker Fortune, a 5 reel, 10 payline slot powered by Stake Logic. This modern take on an old favourite comes with a win both ways game engine and a bonus feature that awards between 5 and 15 free spins. Play from between 10p and £50 per spin.
It may just be a fruit machine but Stake Logic has still put in plenty of effort into making sure that Joker Fortune looks and sounds great – the images are bright and bold with the reels featuring a selection of giggling cartoon fruit. In ascending order of value, they are cherries, lemons and oranges (which pay 5 to 25 coins), plums, melons and berries (10 to 50 coins), stars (25 to 125 coins) and bells (50 to 500 coins).
The grinning Joker is the game’s wild – it can appear on any of the 5 reels and substitutes for all other symbols with the exception of the bonus.
Joker Fortune comes with a couple of features. First there’s the Wheel of Fortune feature – this is triggered at random and highlights a single or multiple reels. The wheel above the reels will then spin. All of the highlighted reels are then be filled with the symbol from the wheel and a new payout consideration is made with the new symbols in place. The Wheel of Fortune comes along at regular intervals but we found it to be a real mixed bag as far as payouts were concerned, missing out completely on many occasions.
There’s also a Free Spins Bonus feature which is triggered by landing 3 or more of the Joker Fortune logo symbol in a winning line either from left to right or right to left. You’ll then be awarded 5, 10 or 15 free spins. We found this feature hard to come by but it did deliver some decent hauls when it did hit. Overall we’d put the variance in the medium range.
If you’re looking for a classic fruit machine that has all the HD trimmings of a modern video slot, then Joker Fortune offers that. It’s not overloaded with extras but for some simple, well-designed, retro style fun Joker Fortune fits the bill. It’s a decent game but I prefer slots with better bonus features such as Football Gladiators (also by Stake Logic).