Gems and Joker symbols are commonplace in many slot games and so you might believe that Joker Gems will follow this generic look of other games. ELK studios have turned this concept on its head to create a surprising and entertaining game.
A robotic joker from outer space accompanies you in this slot, the narrative works with great visuals to set the scene for this space slot game. Will you reach the stars or fall back to earth? Read on to find out more.
The assumption would be that ELK would play it safe and use already established symbols and visuals on this slot, instead they have taken a risk and tried something different in Joker Gems. The background sets this slot deep in space with a beautiful gas nebula filling the area behind the slots built up of different colours and speckles of distant stars. Instead of filling the reels with low value symbols as most slots do Joker Gems is not afraid to leave gaps meaning all of the symbols on this slot are valuable. These symbols include shiny gems of different colours, the Lucky 7, the BAR and the joker herself. The animations whilst quite basic along with out of world space soundtrack help to create the atmosphere intended for this game.
One of the most interesting things about Joker Gems, like other grid slots out there is that wins are achieved by landing symbols in groups instead of lines. All you have to do is get three or more touching each other and bam! It’s a win. The most enjoyable part of Joker Gems is the after a winning combo is landed you are awarded free spins that allow you to add more to the cluster, this is when the empty symbol spaces come into play. This can allow the reel to fill with larger groups of symbols allowing for heftier wins. The top prize available in the main game can return up to 700x your stake for 16 joker symbols that could explain the RTP (Return to Player) of 96.3, just above average for these slots. Though the biggest payouts are in the bonus features.
The greatest payouts in joker Gems are jackpots received through landing the same symbol in specific patterns. The whole outer circle of the grid being filled with the same symbol can return up to 2,000x your stake, while the internal spaces of the gird filled with the same symbol can return 1,000x the stake. The maximum prize is an impressive 5,000x your stake which can be gained by filling every space on the reel with the same symbol, the bonus round are clearly the best way of securing big wins.
The finished product of this slot is no where near what you would expect however has created a great game in the process. The theme is enjoyable, and the mechanics make it simple to play.