Way back when this reviewer was young, it was impossible to pop down the local amusement arcades, pubs and clubs without finding a fruit machine but none of them looked like the ‘Power Joker’ video slot. This one takes a little bit of getting used to as it has a very different, though not unique look but it’s still paying homage to those games that we used to play in the past and thankfully it pays out some impressive wins too.
So how does it look different from other games? Well, down the bottom of the screen we have the main three reels and those are the ones that beginning spinning for each game. Those reels contain a total of just five pay-lines but that’s not all. Above those reels there’s the special Supermeter Mode’ set of reels, again three reels with three rows of symbols and five pay-lines.
The five pay-lines are a fixed amount so there’s no need to be working out how many to be activating. You do need to be sorting out your stake and the minimum cost of playing this video slot is 0.10 with the maximum 100 for those of you playing with a high-limit. Ensure you play at a financial level that isn’t going to cause you any problems. It can easily be adjusted up or down depending on how you get on.
Before you can start playing this slot, for which there is no download needed, there’s the Reality Check Interval to fill in. This sees you having to set a time (not one too long) and then after that time the game is suspended. The gambler is then shown just how they have been getting on playing the game. Study that and decide whether to carry on spinning or quit and come back another day.
Symbols include the usual suspects of lemons, oranges, grapes, melons, cherries, and plums. We also get the lucky number 7 and the bell (originally the Liberty Bell). Look out for the lucky 7 as it certainly lives up to its name awarding you a 1500x multiplier of your line bet for five on an activated pay-line.
It’s the Star symbol which is the wild in ‘Power Joker’ and substitutes for all the other symbols in the game. It doesn’t appear on all the reels though, just the second, third and fourth ones. When it does make an appearance, you will certainly notice it because the wild expands to take up the entire reel It has just landed on. That’s not all though because that reel is then locked and the others reel re-spin. That can certainly get you some winning combinations. Multiple star symbols will also expand to cover their reels so this is an important feature.
So, to the Supermeter, the unique part of this slot game. If you win less than 2000 coins on a spin then that win is transferred to the Supermeter mode reels. The five pay-lines on that set of reels are then activated and you can bet anything between 20 and 100 coins. What’s the advantage here? Well the bonus is that it’s only when playing the Supermeter are you in with a chance of winning this slots progressive jackpot.
There’s no free spins round to try and trigger or any other mini-game which is a bit of a disappointment. Players will be having a go at this game mainly after being seduced by its unorthodox look and the progressive jackpot that it contains. It’s always important to find out as much as you can about any slot you play before using some real cash playing it. That’s even more important with this at times confusing slot.
As Is the case with many of the old fruit machines, details of all the winning combinations are given on the main screen which is in danger of becoming rather cluttered actually. The paytable that can be accessed via the menu button (just above the spinner to the right of the reels) also gives you details of the rules of the game including the mystery wins and the Supermeter. Even more important than usual, have some free Power Joker slot games just to see what’s happening in this strange slot.
There aren’t too many games out there that look exactly like ‘Power Joker.’ However, if you fancy playing slots with progressive jackpots then there are others out there with that feature. For example, there’s the Ash Gaming slot ‘Batman and the Penguin Prize’ which has four progressive jackpots up for grabs. If you wish to play another game that has two sets of reels then try ‘Epic Monopoly’ which has software by WMS that has a small set of reels and a colossal set to the right of it.
A strange looking game from Novomatic but one that can bring you some good wins so give it a go. The mixture of old and new is a decent format though the screen is a bit messy. Some punters will be upset there’s no free spins round but the Supermeter, progressive jackpot and mystery wins make up for that.