Another two slots under the microscope today, which have been launched just in time to score big over the Christmas period. This always tends to be the time of year when some of the biggest names unveil their biggest new releases, so chances are we’ll be seeing more of the same going forwards.
Just when you thought you’d seen every possible take on an online slot featuring the caped crusader, along comes another to prove just how wrong you are! There’s no keeping a legendary slot theme down, which is why the arrival of Batman and the Joker Jewels doesn’t come as the biggest of surprises. The question being – is it a worthy addition to the bunch, or just more of the same?
Batman and the Joker Jewels comes fresh from the folks at Playtech, who’ve delivered another five-reel, 25-payline slot to join the expansive DC Comics series. It’s available right now online and via mobile devices alike, play starts from as little as 25p per spin and there are two pretty sweet bonus features to play for. And of course, those elusive progressive jackpots that could change your life, of which there are no less than four.
In terms of visuals, Batman and the Joker Jewels ticks all the right boxes. It has that characteristic comic book look and feel, which anyone who knows Marvel slots will be very familiar with. It’s also a tale of familiar faces when it comes to the symbols themselves, which include Batman, Robin, the Batmobile, the Joker, the Batplane, a folding knife, a gun and more. There are two wild symbols at play – those being the Batman and Joker smile symbols – which can score you a win of up to 100-times your bet, if you hit five of the symbols on any winning payline. Both wilds can also be used in place of all other symbols, aside from the scatter.
One of the two main bonus features is the Batman vs The Joker Free Games feature, which is activated upon landing three green Bonus symbols on the first, third and fifth reels. During this feature, the Bat-Tastic Multiplier Meter increases all wins – choose the Clown Prince of Crime and the Caped Crusader for a shot at a 5X multiplier.
Along with this, there’s also the Joker Random Wilds feature, which triggers randomly at any time during the standard game. The Jester of Jackanapes makes an appearance and can reward you with as many as nine wild symbols in random positions.
As for those progressive jackpots, the DC Super Hero Jackpot Game feature can also be triggered at any time, during which the more you put on the line, the bigger the wins you could take home. You’ll be presented with 29 Jackpot Icons and given the opportunity to keep selecting them until you match three. There’s a Mini, Minor, Major and Grand Jackpot to play for – Major being the prize that could well change your life!
On the whole, Batman and the Joker Jewels is an entertaining and enjoyable slot, though doesn’t bring a great deal of new features and functions to the table. Still, if Marvel slots and progressive jackpots are your thing, it’s a welcome addition to the collection.
With a perfectly-timed launch to coincide with the cooler months of the year, Autumn Queen comes fresh from the folks over at Novomatic. Unsurprisingly, the overall look and feel is one of a natural, autumnal setting with relaxing visuals and pretty presentation. It’s a five-reel, 40-payline slot of a relatively simple nature, with wagering starting from 40p per spin and going as high as £60 for high-rollers. It’s available via desktop, along with mobile devices across most popular platforms.
Generally speaking, Autumn Queen is an extremely volatile slot that you play only for the chance of entering the Autumn Queen Bonus feature. The visuals are extremely typical of Novomatic, paired with an atmospheric soundtrack and a very simple interface. Along with the usual playing card values, symbols include deer, falcons and bears. The Autumn Queen is the most valuable symbol, which in the case of hitting five in a row will reward you with a massive 500-times your wager.
She’s also the wild symbol during the game, replacing any other symbol apart from the scatter, which is a crystal ball. You’ll be needing five scatters to enter the Autumn Queen Bonus feature, where you’ll start out with five free spins with the opportunity to win another five for every crystal bonus you land. If you’re lucky, you could win as many as 80 free spins!
Additional stacked symbols are hidden behind piles of leaves during the feature, meaning potentially huge wins depending on the symbols stacked. All of the symbols in the game can be stacked during the feature. It’s not a feature that shows up very often, but always guarantees a decent payout when it does. The rest of the time, the action is relatively slow-paced.
As mentioned, the thing about Autumn Queen is that it really is all about the Autumn Queen Bonus feature. Find your way into the feature and you’re golden. Or at least, you’ll come away happy. Outside the bonus feature, there’s not a great deal to write home about. Plus, the fact that there’s only one bonus feature in total makes it all a little limited.
Still, if you’re looking for a high-volatility slot that rarely pays big but has the potential to deliver huge jackpots, Autumn Queen could be right up your street.