Released: June 2016
Software: Play’n GO
Coin Values: 0.05 up to 20
When you first read the title name, you think of a clowns/jesters, flames, excitement, something spectacular at the very least… sadly you’re to be disappointed, quite a bit. The game loads and you’re presented with a very basic five paylines and three reels format, and even more surprising (or disheartening) is the retro vibe of the game.
Unlike a lot of modern games that try and do away with the classic symbols of lemons and various other fruits, Fire Joker embraces them; essentially players are looking at a slot machine they could find in Vegas. Whether that is something that pleases users or not is hard to say as it’s a matter of preference, but it’s certainly easy to understand how some players may be turned off from this game rather quickly.
However, should you manage to look past the disappointing aesthetics, then you’re in for a solid and somewhat pleasant gaming experience. Why is that? Well, there’s the 5,000 coins jackpot which is mighty impressive given the lacklustre detailing elsewhere, and then you have the addition of two bonus rounds, again rather unexpected given our first impressions.
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As with most slots, it’s all about landing those symbols in the right places, so don’t let the simplicity of the game put you off because there really isn’t anything ‘different’ about this title. To begin getting those cash prizes, you need to line up three icons in a row, be it diagonally or horizontally. Also, players should be on the lookout for the flaming Joker as he is the main symbol that will reap you the most rewards, about 80 coins worth to be precise, if you get three of them. Despite being a very old school and dated looking game, the symbols still interact when you get a combo, which is a pleasant surprise that adds a little bit more depth to the piece, although not as much as we’d have liked.
Moving onto the mini games, the Flaming Re-spin is a decent way of bagging yourself an extra spin should you miss out on a winning combo but still manage to stack a couple of icons. It won’t thrill many users, but a free spin is still a free spin. As for the other bonus round, that is activated if you manage to get all icons matching; the Wheel of Multipliers does what it says and provides gamers with up to 10x. Again, it’s rather basic and boring when all is said and done, but it’s another feature to play for, and a rather favourable one when you consider you can bet from as little as 5p.
Fire Joker isn’t a video slot you will rave about, nor is it one that you’ll spend hours on, but it is a game that you’ll play and can enjoy for what it is: a very basic but prize filled title. It lacks impact and flare that make modern video slots so unique, but sometimes going back to basics and appreciating the bare minimum is a great means of helping you fall in love with your favourite games all over again. Still, it isn’t a title we will return to, and it definitely doesn’t promote Play’n GO in an entertaining light.