The Dark Underbelly of the City
The Dark Joker Rizes is set in a dark and gothic universe. The reels are framed by black columns and placed against a pick black background. You can catch a glimpse of stone structures in the distance, but nothing much at all.
Compared to other Yggdrasil slots, The Dark Joker Rizes is far less detailed. The underground atmosphere of the game is still quite unique, but overall we felt a bit let down given what we know the studio is capable of creating in games like Nirvana, for instance.
A Batman Influence?
The Dark Joker Rizes is based on 5 reels with just 10 paylines and a short betting range going from 0.10 to just 20 credits per spin maximum. As always, you will find arrow buttons under the reels to help you choose a wager, a bet max button to go all in at once and an autoplay shortcut to let the reels spin loose for a while, saving your current settings throughout.
As mentioned before, The Dark Joker Rizes is a high-variance slot game and we had some difficulties scoring prizes at first. On the other hand, chances to land big rewards all of a sudden are significantly heightened. The paytable is a short selection of classic casino icons such as cherries, lemons, grapes, bells, 7s and stars, with a top win of only x300. Each symbol was also given an original gothic makeover, but apart from that The Dark Joker Rizes stays extremely classic for an Yggdrasil slot game.
Paint a Smile on Your Face
The purple joker symbols are scatters than can award mystery wins in any position on the reels. You need 3 or more of them on the reels at the same time, and you could win up to 6,000 credits thanks to them. You may win one free respin after a mystery win, during win all the reels supporting a joker symbol will remain in position.
Any win in The Dark Joker Rizes triggers the Jokerizer mode. Each spin will then cost 20 credits, with the possibility to trigger a mystery win with only 2 jokers on the reels. You can cash in your rewards and come back to the regular game mode at any time. If you choose to bet 200 credits in Jokerizer mode, you can buy a free spin with one guaranteed joker, which is a good way to get you closer to a mystery win.
A Game That Does Not Quite Deliver
Despite clear attempts to modernise the appearance of The Dark Joker Rizes and some original, gothic influences, this Yggdrasil slot game still feels like a classic, arcade slot game. Now that is not necessarily a bad thing, and many gamblers out there just love classic slots, but this is not something we were expecting from this particular team of developers at all.
Besides, we thought that the Jokerizer mode was a little messy and did not really bring anything into the game. The largest rewards can only be won through the mystery win feature, which is quite hard to get to in the first place. The Dark Joker Rizes is therefore a challenging game, which would be great for high rollers if only the betting range were a little larger.