In this review, we will take a closer look at one of NetEnt’s progressive jackpot pokies, Mega Joker. Several other game providers have also produced jackpot pokies that pay homage to the early days of pokie machines. These titles include Jackpot 6000 Mega Joker and Jackpot Jester 50,000 to name but a few. Mega Joker is a fun-filled pokie that comes complete with old school symbols, flashing lights and a minimal soundtrack, plus some entertaining features that help it stand out from the crowd. There’s a simple 3×3 base game, plus a second 3×3 Supermeter mode where you can play for higher stakes and bigger payouts. There’s also that progressive jackpot that you can land at any time. Be careful, though, not to confuse it with Novomatic’s equally vintage-looking pokie of the same name.
Mega Joker Theme and Background
Flanked by pot plants, the Mega Jocker slots theme is reminiscent of vintage Vegas pokies. The shape looks just like that of a free-standing pokie. The base game is found at the bottom of the screen and it comes complete with traditional cherry, lemon and watermelon symbols, plus a treasure chest, golden bell and the all-important joker. Above this is a second panel for the Supermeter game. This has lost the treasure chest symbol but gained grapes, oranges and the very traditional 7 icon. To add to the vintage feel, the paytables for each game appear on either side of the reels. You really want to land those jokers for the biggest payouts. Whilst there’s no soundtrack as such, when you spin the reels you’ll hear a reel-spin sound effect. Land a win though and you’ll get some Vegas razzamatzz in the form of a musical celebration and flashing lights.
Mega Joker Layout and Functionality
Mega Joker has a base game and a Supermeter game. Each has a 3×3 layout with 5 fixed paylines. Gameplay starts with the base game, where you can wager anything from 1 to 10 coins (with values ranging from 0.1 to 1) on 1 to 5 paylines. Remember though that you can only move up to the Supermeter game if you land a winning combo when you have all 5 paylines active and bet the maximum of 10 coins. You’ll then have to choose whether to save your win or risk it all on the Supermeter game, where you can go big and bet from 20 to 200 coins on each Supermeter spin until those base game credits run out. There’s also a progressive jackpot quietly building with each spin – this pays out at random, but the bigger your bet the better your chance of striking it lucky.
Our opinion of Mega Joker
If you’re looking for a bit of easy entertainment, on a good game that harks back to the age of the vintage pokie, but with the chance to strike it big, then Mega Joker could be the slot for you. It’s a high volatility game, so you’ll need to manage your bankroll to make sure you can keep playing over the dry spells. However, with an estimated Return to Player (RTP) rate of 99%, if you play the maximum bet, the rewards could be well worth your time. Using the Supermeter feature, you can try your luck at turning small wins on the base game into some substantial gains. And that’s before we even mention the progressive jackpot feature, which can have you on the edge of your seat with anticipation, given that it’s triggered at random.
Other games you might like if you enjoyed playing Mega Joker
We’ve already mentioned another vintage-style pokie from NetEnt – Jackpot 6000 – that you’re bound to like if you’ve enjoyed playing Mega Joker. With a design that puts you even more in mind of playing a Vegas-style pokie, this fruit machine-themed game has a simple 3×3 layout with 5 fixed paylines. While there’s no progressive jackpot, there’s a gamble feature and Supermeter bonus game that’ll help you get bigger wins. There are several other pokies out there that have similar designs and gameplay. Why not give NextGen’s Jackpot Jester 50,000 or their closely related Jackpot Jester Wild Nudge a spin.