Jolly Jester Slots

Jolly-JesterJolly Jester is not the kind of game that will make you laugh, or smile for that matter, despite the connection with the court’s buffoon. This Microgaming slot is mostly trying to show the life of a jester at the court of a medieval king, and that’s what the entire design is about. The game seems very well handled, and I give the developers points for finding a topic that hasn’t been done to death by other companies. As far as I know, this is the only game that is themed around a court jester, in a Medieval setting.

Jolly Jester has a total of 25 paylines, all of them arranged on 5 reels. There are bonus games that can result in some very interesting free spins features, along with the usual scatter symbols and wilds. Its top payout will reach a value of only $10,000.

Features of Jolly Jester

The game’s features are the ones you can expect from every other slot machine these days. You’re going to discover a wild symbol, the usual scatter, plus a bonus game that you can use to win free spins with multipliers.

The Jester is the main symbol in this slot, and it acts as the wild and as the top jackpot trigger at the same time. It is able to replace any other symbol when it lands in the exact location where it is needed, and it will do it if that results in a new paying combination. It’s a typical wild in that regard, offering nothing extra. However, you can count on the Jester’s generosity, the symbol being the one responsible for triggering the top jackpot, of up to 10,000x. You need the wild to create a combination of its own, instead of contributing to another, if you want to get paid directly by it.


The second symbol on the list is another classic feature for a modern title. It’s a scatter symbol, represented in this case by the image of a Medieval Castle. Finding multiple images with the Castle on the game’s reels will be good news, as that is all it takes to get paid by it. You simply need scattered symbols, 2 or more of them, and you get a prize which goes as high as 100x the total wager.

Bonus Game

The scattered Castle symbol doesn’t just give you a nice prize, it also starts up the bonus game of Jolly Jester. While direct prizes are offered starting from 2 or more symbols, the bonus game requires at least 3.

Once the feature starts, you enter the castle’s courtyard, where you pick from the 9 colored boxes placed in front of you by the jester. You have to find three that match, and you will keep picking boxes until you get a complete set.


There are three possible results here. You can get 3 Free Spins boxes, 3 Jester boxes, or 3 Castles.

The Free Spins set will give you 10 spins for free, plus a multiplier of 1x to start with. With each new free spin, the multiplier goes up by 1x, so by the time you finish the feature you have a 10x multiplier to take advantage of.

The Jester set delivers you 10 free spins as well, but the feature it offers is different. Here, the symbols with the Queen and the King become wilds, so the odds of you getting prizes go up. Also, all wins benefit from 2x multipliers.

The Castle set is the third and last possible result of the bonus game. If you get three of these in the bonus game, you will receive 10 spins for free, with 2x multipliers and with the King and Queen symbols becoming scatters for the duration.

Betting options and jackpots

The bet covers as many lines as you want, in the 1 to 25 range, and then you can customize the line bet as you see fit. There are 5 coins that can be used for each line, with denominations ranging from $0.01 to $0.20. You can end up with a bet of $1 per line, or $25 for all of them.

With a 10,000x prize advertised by the paytable, and with line bets of $1, it’s not hard to figure out how much you can win in Jolly Jester. It’s a $10,000 top jackpot.

Design and symbols

Though this is a Medieval themed slot machine, it’s a cheerful look that they’ve gone for, with an old couple taking the role of King and Queen, with symbols being themed mostly around the jester and the objects he would use to entertain the Royal family. The reels are encased in a stage, with the wood visible at the top and with green curtains on both sides. The stage is placed on a meadow, not in the inside of a castle, so it’s not gloomy at all.


Symbols: Jester (wild, 10,000x), Castle (scatter, 100x the total wager), King & Queen (2,000x), Mandolin (500x), Jester’s Shoes (250x), Juggling Balls (250x), Ace (150x), King (150x), Queen (125x), Jack (125x), 10 (100x) and 9 (100x).

Is It Worth Playing?

It’s a game that should prove fun enough, with a theme that nobody else has approached before, plus three types of free spins, each one with its own characteristics. I’ve enjoyed trying it out, and I believe you will too.

Jolly Jester can be found at any Microgaming casino, where you get a chance to play it for real money or in free mode.