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Joker Strike slot review

Added by Quickspin. Information last updated: 18/05/2020

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Tester rating:

3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Quickspin

Release date:04/2018

RTP:96.46%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 1211

Mobile version:Yes

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Vegas

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RTP (Return to player):
96.46%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 1211

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
19
Quickspin score (compared to other slots of supplier)
10
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Joker Strike takes the classic concept of the fruit machine and updates it to the modern time with its beautiful images, enticing features and a special Hi(gh) Roller game.

Developer Quickspin released Joker Strike in the spring of 2018, giving players the opportunity to experience this great-looking game for the first time. Since then, Joker Strike has faded into obscurity somewhat but there still might be something interesting to find. The game comes with a 5-reel, 3-row playing field and 10 win lines.

Graphically, Joker Strike looks great but does not win any points when it comes to originality. The game uses all of the classic symbols that players are familiar with, largely looking as they always do. I would say the only real original element is the Joker itself, and only on a visual level.

The music is likewise rather simple and familiar. It sounds like a relaxed little band playing in the corner of a bar, or I would even imagine hearing it in the elevator. Wins are amplified by a quick little jingle. Again, not much to write home about but it keeps the silence away.

Symbols

While the game uses the standard symbols, I did like the way they look. They’re very colourful and easy to tell apart. Unfortunately, most of it is not animated which makes the game look rather static. Because there is a rather high number of different symbols and only a few paylines, getting a win is quite hard and that results in its High Volatility.

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • Wild: Substitute all symbols. Wilds are only enabled when picking the Wild Strike feature. Max. 30x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline in the normal game. Max. 200x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • Joker: Max. 100x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 200x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • 7: Max. 20x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 40x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • Star: Max. 15x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 30x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • Bell: Max. 10x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 20x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • Heart: Max. 4x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 8x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • Spade: Max. 3x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 6x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • Club: Max. 3x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 6x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.
  • Diamond: Max. 2.4x your bet with four-of-a-kind on a winning betline. Max. 4.8x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winline in the Hi Roller Game.

Unlike most slots, players have the opportunity in Joker Strike to activate a Hi Roller mode where they activate additional features at a higher cost per spin. I’ll go into the details under the Features header but suffice it to say that it increases the likelihood of a win as well as the value of a win.

Features

Joker Strike can be divided into the base game and the Hi Roller game. The Hi Roller game is essentially the same as the base game with extra features enabled. All features that are present in the base game are also part of the Hi Roller game.

  • Random Symbols: Whenever there is a win, that symbol lights up on the outline of the slot. A light rotates around the outline and if it ends up on one of the lit-up symbols, this activates the Random Symbols. The winning symbol is added to the playing field beside the existing symbols to create big winlines.

Getting a win isn’t very easy, considering the large number of symbols and the low number of paylines. When it does happen, that symbol is highlighted on the outline of the bar. A small light rotates around the outline until it stops. If it stops on a different symbol, nothing happens. If it stops on the highlighted symbol, two symbols for every one part of the original payline is added to the playing field.

Let's say I get a three-of-a-kind of Hearts on the screen. The little light goes around the outline and activates the symbol. Then, for each of the 3 Hearts already on the screen, 6 more Heart symbols are added randomly on the playing field. This will likely create a large number of betlines that are then added to the initial win.

Explaining it is rather difficult but it is very obvious once you start to play the game. The border is clearly marked with the different symbols, especially when they are lit up. Triggering the feature also clearly shows where the symbols come from and where they are added. None of this interrupts the regular gameplay.

Then there is the Hi Roller game. This is a bonus feature the player can activate whenever they want and however many times as they want. There are 3 tiers of Hi Roller, each with their own features activated.

  • Tier 1: The first tier consists of 5 spins with a guaranteed Wild. This Wild substitutes all other symbols and rotates around the reels. Activating this costs £20.
  • Tier 2: The second tier consists of 5 spins with a guaranteed Wild and the Wild Strike feature. Whenever a Wild is part of a win, its symbol lights up on the outline of the slot and can be activated, adding additional wilds to the playing field. This tier costs £30.
  • Tier 3: The last tier consists of 5 spins and has both features of the previous two tiers. It finally adds the Double Chance feature, which adds an extra marker on the outline that doubles the chance of hitting a winning symbol. The final tier costs £50.

While the 3 tiers are more likely to grant you wins because of the additional features, they are also much more volatile. I’ve had multiple times where I used Tier 3 and won zero coins. Because you can only activate it for 5 spins at a time, it does mean there is a break every time and an easy way to see how much you gained. Seeing a £0 result after spending £50 in a row made me really reconsider using it again.

I also doubt it’s really worth it, since the few times I did manage to win more than the activation cost, it wasn’t even twice the bet. That meant I needed to win 4 or 5 times to make back the 2 times I didn’t win anything. It’s something players need to keep in mind constantly.

In Conclusion

Joker Strike is an alright slot if you enjoy a standard slot machine with an interesting mechanic. It’s unfortunate that I found the mechanic to be rather simple and only play a small role in the overall game. Adding additional features at a flat cost is nice for some players but I think most people prefer their slots to just have all features activated at all times.

It’s possible to pick a bet between £0.10 and £100 per spin, but that becomes irrelevant if you choose to use the Hi Roller Game. These come with set costs that aren’t based on your original coin bet. It also forces players to play in a higher bet category than they might be comfortable with if they want to use all the features. It’s not something I’d be fine with.

The game looks alright but doesn’t attempt to really invent any new ideas or interpretations when it comes to the symbols. Players that enjoy the outline idea with Random Symbols added to the playing field might get a kick out of this slot, but there are other games that are better.

Overall rating:

3

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.46%

    Volatility:High

    Max. win:bet x 1211

    Min. bet:£0.1

    Max. bet:£100

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    Reels:5

    Rows:3

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    Max. lines:10

    Min. lines:10

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    Languages

    You can play Joker Strike in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 23 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Lithuanian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay

    Currencies

    Joker Strike supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 04/2018
    29th newest on Quickspin 984th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.46% 0.61% > average
    34th highest on Quickspin 604th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 1211 x your bet
    33rd highest on Quickspin 1,232nd highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 10 50% < average
    55th highest on Quickspin 1,505th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.1 per spin
    2nd lowest on Quickspin 480th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £100 per spin
    3rd highest on Quickspin 644th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    4th most rated on Quickspin 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Quickspin

    Release date:04/2018

    RTP (Return to player):96.46%

    Max. win:bet x 1211

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3

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