I don't remember the last time I saw a new three reel game from the likes of Microgaming or NetEnt, but new kids on the block Play N Go and Thunderkick obviously think gamblers still want to play these kinds of slots and are putting some new slots together in this style and it's interesting to see what they have come up with. Fire Joker is a very modern and good looking game, a definite futuristic take on the classic three reel game. The reels are filled with typical old school symbols - cherries, plums, bars, stars and lucky 7s, everything you would expect is here but drawn in beautiful high resolution and the colours really popped when I tried this game on my tablet.
There are five paylines which I definitely think makes a three reel game a lot more fun to play compared to the ancient single line style, and Fire Joker adds a couple of neat bonus features to the formula as well - if two reels hold matching symbols yet you don't have a win then the non matching reel will automatically respin for a second chance at hitting a prize. Also, on the rare occasion you manage a full screen of the same symbol the game rewards you with a bonus wheel that awards a multiplier up to 10x, making your already first class win even better. I do like this although it's obvious that everything on the paytable awards significantly lower as a result of this feature - it definitely increases the variance massively though so if that's your thing then you probably won't mind this!
It's a shame about the games low maximum win (800x) as if a bigger jackpot was on offer I think I could really get into this game. It's beautifully simple, great looking, and does make a nice change from typical video slots once in a while. The thing is Play N Go already have a tonne of uniquely designed games with innovative features that provide a nice change from the norm as well as huge maximum wins on top.. I can imagine some gamers who have a passion for classic slots really appreciating this though so I think it's still a worthwhile addition to Play N Go's library.
I was initially a little confused about the games maximum win as it is stated you can win up to 800x your bet but the games top symbol awards 80 coins for a three of a kind winning payline and with five lines and the 10x multiplier I figured that should make for a max hit of 4000x your bet. After checking my maths though I was clearly being silly, as your bet is broken up into five for each payline in the first place of course.. doh! A full screen of jokers then returns 80x your stake which can then be given the 10x multiplier treatment on top. 800x isn't a particularly huge figure for this type of game and indeed many classic Microgaming three reel games can pay out up to 5,000x your stake which I guess is why I was doubting the low number given here initially.