The Dark Joker Rizes from slot wizards Yggdrasil is a good looker of a game played across a standard 5×3 format but with just 10 set-in-stone Paylines. It’s a follow-up to hit title Jokerizer, and with the same macabre edge.
The atmosphere here is dark and brooding, underlined by its backing music that’s straight out of a horror film, although admittedly it’s more comic-horror than sheer terror. Meanwhile, a pair of skulls and some intricate metalwork decorate the edges of the reels.
How to play
Set your bets in the usual way, and then play from just 10p up to a modest tenner maximum.
You’ll find some very familiar items among the symbol set, including grapes, limes, bells, 7’s, cherries plus large red stars, all worth between 20 and 300x line bet. The design, however, gives these things a somewhat creepy twist.
And while there may be very few Paylines, that’s pretty much offset by the fact that the game plays from left to right as well as vice versa.
The Dark Joker Rizes special features
While you won’t find a Wild symbol in The Dark Joker Rizes, the Scatter unlocks several of its features. It’s depicted by the Joker himself.
Joker mystery win feature
Land at least three Jokers anywhere you like on the reels to be in line for a mystery win. It works like this:
- Land three Jokers to score between 1,000 and 6,000 coins
- Land four Jokers to score between 3,000 and 6,000 coins
- Land five Jokers to score a tidy 6,000 coins
Activate this each time you scoop a winning combination. However much you win gets banked, and then you can decide whether to hang on to your prize or use it to purchase respins instead.
Should you go for the latter, every fresh whirl will set you back the sum of 20 coins, but with the added bonus that you only have to a couple of mystery jokers to enjoy a mystery win with a value of between 20 and 6,000 coins.
After the mystery win has been bestowed, you may also get free spins with all jokers staying fixed where they are.
Notch up a Jokerizer tally of 200 coins or more and you have the choice to turn the reels with a Joker guaranteed to appear. (However, bear in mind that that spin costs 200 coins. This is the ‘Super Bet’ feature.)
The mode ends when you’ve used up all of your bonus coins, or been paid at least 500 coins.
It’s worth noting that, if you use Autoplay, this mode kicks in automatically, so that you don’t have the option of collecting whatever has been banked.
Although there’s no progressive jackpot in this game, the maximum win is €12,000.
Return to Player (RTP)
There’s no problem with RTP or Return to Player – it’s up to a healthy 96.3%.
You should find there’s enough going on in The Dark Joker Rizes to keep you entertained. And while it may look pretty basic, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Equally, it soon livens up once you get going. Plus the gameplay is just as good as its predecessor’s.
Admittedly some feel the visuals aren’t quite as richly detailed as some of this provider’s other offerings. But it’s delightfully eerie all the same. So what’s not to love?