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It’s not often you see a jester wearing a crown, for they tend to be the fool of the feast rather than the royalty, but with this slot machine from Novomatic you have that notion turned on its head. Jester’s Crown is 5 reels of intense action, even though the matrix looks like it’s going to be yet another low impact real cash slot.
The theme here is medieval, with a touch of Robin Hood. That being said, while there’s a clear theme, it doesn’t swam the 3x5 grid, which means that more purist gamers can appreciate the game play here as well. Novomatic are known for delivering low gimmick titles, which is always a win for those who prefer the classic setup of slot machines over fancy modernity.
Inside the pay table there’s no bonus round, but there is two jackpot amounts and a scatter that leads to a lot of free games; although not overly exciting, it’s more than enough to turn you into the life and soul of this social gathering. With all eyes on you, it’s time to perform your way to the end, even if it should be a bitter ending.
The Royal Court
We’ve mentioned the theme briefly, but let’s take a closer look shall we? As we commented on only moments ago, there’s a theme here but not a very strict one. There’s a certain ambiguity with what we’re seeing. This is because while some of the tiles are vividly decorated, the others are card suits. What this does is provide you with a mix of both old slots and new, creating an adaptable if not very stimulating game with which to play.
If we compare the aesthetic to other Novomatic games, we can see that a many of their traditional design markers are here, such as simplicity and an uncomplicated layout. However, when compared with a title such a Sizzling Hot 6 Extra Gold, you can see clear improvements.
Maybe it’s unfair of us to pit a vintage slot against a contemporary one, but both are considered dated titles now, and so the comparison works, if only loosely.
Up the Ladder and Away
When we managed to get a win, the gamble button lit up like a Christmas tree and encouraged us to take the plunge and risk our money in a double or nothing. As anyone who knows the brand will be aware of, there are two possible outcomes here: a card game or a ladder. We ended up with the latter.
Mundane in appearance, and definitely not in-keeping with any semblance of a theme gleaned from the pay table, the feature was dull and uneventful. We didn’t get any winnings, and got nowhere near the 40,000 marker at the very top of the tower.
A Crown Fit for a King
The crown icon is the scatter here, which means it’s your way to the extra spins; you’ll need between three and five of the icon if you hope to unlock the feature. When you do, a total of 12 games will be gifted to you, with no exception to that rule. It doesn’t matter whether you have a match of three or four, the outcome is always the same.
To change up the expected and to deliver you guys something unique, Novomatic have made it so that only the middle reel can hold further scatter or x2 jester symbols. What is more, further rounds can be triggered during this time, which means you could become part of an endless loop of free playing.
There’s no multiplier to be gained here though, which means that the oomph you briefly experience is somewhat limited.
Fun and Games
Jester’s Crown is a slot with little character, but decent enough rewards, and so we’d recommend it to other slot players. The charisma it has is virtually non-existent, and so if you want a spunky activity that makes you laugh and cry all at once, you’re best seeking out another title or even another brand.
If you want good, traditional gaming but with a dullish interface, then this is the one for you.