Joker King™ slot review

By Pragmatic Play

Joker King™ Basic info

Game provider Pragmatic Play

Release Date 2/2021

RTP 96.50%

Game Technology HTML5

Popularity Low

Min bet $0.25

Max bet $125

Max Win bet x 5000

Gamble Feature Volatility, RTP, Freespins, Multiplier, Wilds

Layout 6x4

Devices Support all devices

Configurable Winlines No

Volatility High

Progressive Jackpot No

Joker King looks to take one of the most popular figures in slots back to the front of the stage, the joker! Given some real personality, the joker plays a big part in the game as do the wilds and the free spins that can make a difference.

The game clearly harkens back to a simpler time, using inspiration from the classic fruit machines but brought into the modern age. Developer Pragmatic Play released this slot in 2021 after all, allowing players to experience these symbols and the joker himself in all their glorious details.

Even though the game does not show a lot of creativity when it comes to its design, it does change things up when we look at its 6-reel, 4-row playing field. The game only makes limited use of the larger board as it uses a moderate 25 bet lines on which players can attempt to score.

When it comes to design, everything looks sharp and colourful. The symbols aren’t original by any stretch of the imagination but they have been given an updated look, using some perspective and sheen to make it look nicer. The main draw to me was the joker character himself, who is seen peaking over the loading screen, animated in several subtle ways.


Joker King has the symbols that we’ve come to expect from fruit machines and similar nostalgic slots. The larger playing field means there are more of them on the screen at the same time, and wins are shown by having the tiles light up. It’s all very serviceable without being original.

The symbols in the game include:

  • Wild: Wilds substitute all regular symbols in the game, excluding the Scatter symbol. Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Scatter: With 3 Scatter symbols on the screen, the free spins mode is activated. One or two Scatters will not activate the free spins mode but will add a multiplier to all wins that spin.
  • Star: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Seven: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • BAR: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Cherries: Max. 1.6x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Plum: Max. 1.2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Orange: Max. 1x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

The payouts for any win is very low, with even the longest win line only barely paying back a spin. The game depends heavily on getting multiple wins at the same spin, the multiplier added by having Scatters on the screen and the fact that the joker adds random wilds to the screen regularly. With so many modifiers the game has High Volatility which players can deal with by adjusting their bet. For this, they can pick a bet between $0.25 and $125 per spin. The maximum win of 5,000x your bet meanwhile should keep a lot of people interested.


As a game that reaches back to the old school gameplay, it does change things up somewhat with the features. Not that these are inventive or even rare, but players who are expecting a classic fruit machine won’t get quite what they are looking for.

First of all, a quick overview of the features:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all symbols in the game except for the Scatter Symbol.
  • Random Wilds: The joker will occasionally turn all tiles with a particular symbol into Wilds.
  • Multipliers: Any scatter that appears on the screen will have a random multiplier which is applied to all wins that spin.
  • Free Spins: With 3 or more Scatter Symbols on the screen, the free spins mode is activated.

The base game will most likely be the place where you can spend most of the time. The game will grant you regular wilds quite often but those are frequently not enough to grant a win because of the large playing field. When the joker activates and turns a certain symbol into wilds this can really change the game. It would often happen that I would get a dozen winning paylines at a time.

This is obviously the intended outcome considering the low payout per win line, but it’s not something that will happen every spin. It does appear to be quite random and won’t accidentally pick the symbol that only appears once or twice, but often chooses a symbol that fills almost the entire screen.

Getting any number of scatters on the screen will grant you a multiplier, each of the scatters getting a random one. If there is more than one scatter on the screen the multipliers will be added together. The multiplier is applied to all wins during that spin. Get 3 or more scatters on the screen and the free spins mode is activated after the wins are calculated.


Joker King is a game that actually uses the classic fruit machine look but makes it a little different by adding some extra features. The game still feels like a normal video slot but it makes use of some nostalgia to keep players engaged. At the same time, it doesn’t score any points when it comes to originality.

I had a good time with the game but it wasn’t very remarkable either. The slot brings the joker to life more than other similar games, and the designers didn’t go for a cartoon or horror theme either. It makes it all feel a bit lighter and less serious.

The game is probably a nice option for those that enjoy the classic design but don’t want to play an old-school 1-reel, 1 payline fruit machine. There are some simple features that spice up the gameplay while it all looks sharp and colourful.

Leticia Miranda

Leticia Miranda

Slot Games Analyst

Leticia Miranda is a former gambling reporter who knows everything about slot games and is happy to share her knowledge. She has covered a broad swath of topics and trends on gambling and is always full of new ideas and energy. Leticia also has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and is passionate about writing.