Mediaeval Frolics in Jolly Jester Slot
Against a backdrop of idyllic green hills and blue skies, the Jolly Jester slots title from Microgaming presents simple reels in a curtained wooden frame. Symbols are rendered in bright, simple cartoon style, enhanced by the happy-go-lucky music. There are five reels with three symbols each, and 25 pay lines.
Themed around the Jolly Jester of the title, the slot uses the tools of the court fool’s trade in its icons, as well as the king and queen of the realm. In contrast to many mediaeval-themed titles with a dark and mystic atmosphere, Jolly Jester is all about light-hearted fun. Players can bet from 1 to 100 coins per line.
Poker Symbols Fit the Theme
Like most Microgaming titles, Jolly Jester uses poker symbols for its low-value icons, from 9 to A. These are depicted in jaunty chequered jester colours, with the top three values adorned with a coronet for the Q, a crown for the K, and gold coins for the A. 9 and 10, J and Q and K and A also share equal prize values, respective. Five A or five K on a pay line win the top prize for these values; 150 coins.
Next up in value are the jester’s boots and juggling balls, which also score equal prizes, with a top win of 250 coins for five of a kind. The jester’s mandolin begins paying prizes for two of a kind, paying 500 coins for five of a kind. The royal couple, who together form the next symbol, also begin paying wins for two of a kind, with a prize of 2,000 coins for five matches. The Jolly Jester himself pays 10 coins for two of a kind, then 150, 1,000 and 10,000 coins for each additional match.
Jester Wild and Castle Scatter
Apart from his role as the top-scoring icon in base play, the Jolly Jester is also the game’s Wild. So even when the icon appears on its own, it can substitute for other symbols to complete more winning pay lines.
The only symbol the Wild cannot substitute for is the Castle, a Scatter symbol that triggers both bet multipliers and the Jolly Jester feature. Two, three, four or five Scatters in any spots on the reels will win the player a prize consisting of the total bet on the spin with an added multiplier of X2, X5, X20 or X100, respectively.
Three Scatters Activate Jolly Jester Feature
Three or more Scatters also activate the Jolly Jester feature. On a new screen, the jester introduces the player to nine boxes on garden terraces. The player must pick boxes until they have uncovered three matching symbols: castles, jesters, or free spins logos.
The matching trio that the player completes determines the bonus they get. Three castles win 10 free spins with all the royal couple symbols converted to Scatter symbols, and all prizes doubled. If the player uncovers three jesters, they get 10 free spins with the royal couple converted to Wilds, and all prizes again doubled. Three free spins logos triggers the same 10 spins, but a multiplier of X1 is added to the win, increasing by 1 on each successive free spin. So on the tenth free spin, any prize is multiplied by X10.