Jolly Jester is indeed one of the more exciting (and excitable) fellows out there these days. The Jolly Jester slot game was promised to “take players back to medieval times to enjoy the antics of a court entertainer,” but who needs the past when today’s technology has produced such a pretty game?
Even the typical A-K-Q-J-10-9 symbols are nicely colored and curvaceous, even if LCD’s a bit surprised at Microgaming’s reticence to go for the full-on playing-card motif. The harkening back to the iconic pose of American Gothic in the “King & Queen” symbol is nice, too.
Entering the “comedian’s courtyard” bonus round, the player is greeted with the jitterbugging jester positively tittering up a storm off to one side of nine gift-wrapped boxes. Once three identical “prizes” have been chosen, the player gets 10 free spins, during which the multiplier increases which each spin (10x multiplier on a free spin? Hee hee hee, indeed), ultimately allowing the max payout of 100,000 coins; 10 free spins in which the King & Queen symbol becomes a WILD Jester; and 10 free spins in which the King & Queen symbol becomes a SCATTER. The truth is that any one of the harlequin’s gifts is a proverbial winner, as is the game in general. It’s the empathic laughter than makes it so addictive. Kinda like Red Bull-and-vodka. LCD rating: 70 proof.