We’ll be honest, when we looked at the title we definitely “judged a book by its cover”, or rather, a slot game by its name. We expected to be met with poker cards and DC Comics supervillain’s wide blood red smile. Instead, we were greeted with a throwback design in Wild Joker Stacks. We’re going way back to slots in the 60s 70s with the fruits, cherries, lucky 7s and bar symbols.
Where is Joker, or at least something that indicates the game’s namesake? What we actually get is a court jester, or the closet depiction of Harley Quinn we have seen in a slot game. Wild Joker Stacks embodies the vibe of decades past with neon colours, a generous display of gold, and the soundtrack to match.
Let’s see if the game can live up to our initial expectations. The design was okay, and is definitely nothing new. The grid gives you a 5x3 playing space with 259 paylines - not bad so far. The max win is also amazing at 28,200x your initial bet. However, the RTP (return to player) and volatility is where it gets interesting. The RTP fluctuates from 95.60% to 97.78%. We’ll dive into the cause in a bit, but we’re glad there is room for expansion here because 95.60% really lowers our expectations of Wild Joker Stacks.
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The volatility can also vary from low to high, and of course, this correlates to the RTP. The betting range is also quite wide, from 0.40 to 500. We’ll see if Wild Joker Stacks offers players more support in the features arena.
We’re setting everything from the RTP to the volatility at a range right now because players can choose the grid. Although the grid features 5 reels, players can choose 3, 4, or 5 to play on. You can also dictate the wild multipliers from 2, 3, and 4. The options Wild Joker Stacks affords you is what impacts the volatility percentage range, the RTP and the bets.
Of course, if you choose to play on 3 reels only with only two multiplier wilds, then RTP will be the lowest. It’s a no-brainer to choose 5 reels and the 5 wild multipliers.
Once you have chosen your specs, the rest of the features in Wild Joker Stacks is easy - it’s all about the scatter. The scatter symbol is the Harley Quinn wannabe, and she can trigger the bonus games and the 9 free spins. If you get 5 of her, then you can earn 100x your initial stake.
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You can reactivate the free spins in Wild Joker Stacks as long as you keep landing scatters, and the free spins also bring about a special wild symbol that doubles the multipliers.
Wild Joker Stacks hasn’t been garnering a ton of positive reviews online, but we gave it a chance. It’s quite unique in the fact that it allows players to choose the playing grid size and the multipliers. It gives players a sense of control as they can have a hand in choosing the volatility, betting range and the RTP.
Of course, we will always suggest going for the highest number possible in each of the categories, but hey, maybe you have a strategy that works better. The graphics were passable, but we did hope there would be more of a whimsical theme.