Ever wondered what would a slot game look like if it had been played in the Middle Ages? Here’s a chance to find out in Novomatic’s new slot called Magic Jester.
The Joker brings the typical slot machine with bells, sevens, cherries and melons to medieval court and spins it to the sound of merry tunes.
Playable across all devices Magic Jester holds 5 reels and 10 paylines and one special magic feature.
It is not unusual for Jesters to hold a trick or two up their sleeve and this particular Fool brings Magic Reels to each and every spin.
Novomatic are a well-known name in the gaming industry. This Austrian company was founded in 1980 and today they have offices in around 50 countries worldwide.
Novomatic are one of the biggest online gaming producers and operators that boast state-of-the-art technology while their constant research and development is what keeps them at the very top. Their offer includes skill games, video slots, online casino games, lottery and more.
How to Play It
Magic Jester is pretty simple to use. All you have to do is choose the number of active paying lines, as well as the size of your bet per line, which ranges from 2-1,000 and you are good to go. There is also the option to bet the maximum possible amount with Maxbet button or to hit Autospin for up to 100 automatic spins.
The layout is a basic 5×3 grid which features symbols like number 7, bell, watermelon, cherries, appearing as top-paying symbols, while the playing cards symbols A, K, Q, J and 10 are there to fill the rest of the tiles. The Jester himself is, of course, the Wild and it can stand instead of any symbol in the game.
When it comes to the paytable, there is one thing that makes Magic Jester stand out from other typical 5 reel slots. It is the possibility to land a combo of even fifteen matching symbols. Therefore, each symbol pays for combinations from three to fifteen of a kind.
You can expect the most from the number 7 and the bell as they pay 10,000 coins for three of a kind to 800,000 for 15 of a kind. The cherries and watermelons offer slightly less: 7,500 for three matching symbols and 600,000 for fifteen.
Now you probably wonder how it is possible to get fifteen of a kind. We will explain this in the section below.
The Magic Reels feature is the one to blame for that huge number of up to fifteen matching symbols that can be reached in this slot.
After each and every spin, one or more reels will turn sparkling purple and the top-paying symbols on them will double or triple. Actually, that means that instead of one symbol on the tile there will be two or three and they will be counted in the winning combos. This is how you can get up to fifteen matching symbols.
This reveals a lot of winning possibilities, especially if more than one reel turns magic, or if you get double or triple Wilds on the Magic Reels.
We must mention the Gamble feature, which is typical of Novomatic’s slots. After any win in the game you can choose to gamble with it. Gamble option appears on the left side of your screen and when you click it a new window will appear offering you the option to double your win or lose it. All you have to do is pick a colour of the card: black or red.
The maximum payout here returns your stake 80 times, which is more than enough when you know that you can bet a maximum of 10,000 coins which translates to 800,000 coins per spin. For a slot with only one special feature, this sounds pretty good.
However, the theoretical return to player is somewhat low, 95.07%, so the profitability of this slot is debatable.
At the very sight of Magic Jester it is clear that you won’t catch yourself immersed into the spinning frenzy. Unfortunately, the medieval soundtrack and the theme are not well rendered so even though this could have been an interesting story, Magic Jester simply failed to present it.
Moving on to the game play and the payouts, the sound of 800,000 coins and combos of 15 matching symbols do sound tempting, but you are not likely to see this often in real action. All in all, though Magic Jester does offer some novelties (Magic Reels, 15OAK) it won’t keep your attention for too long.