Fire Joker Freeze: Slot Overview
Play'n GO’s Joker series powers on by revisiting one of the most popular titles in the range, Fire Joker (2016). The updated version, Fire Joker Freeze, hasn’t tinkered with the formula too much, other than adding an extra feature, a frozen dimension via a new symbol, and slightly increased winning potential. There is certainly no need for fans of Fire Joker to worry though, the core gameplay remains almost exactly the same.
The same can be said of Fire Joker Freeze’s looks, where players get a 3x3 grid backed by a reddy, diamond-patterned background found in the first. Basic is one word for it, but it gets the job done if all you’re really after is some simple fruit gaming. Naturally, a funky backing track bops away for your listening pleasure. It’s all unexcitedly generic, though that often goes with the territory in these sorts of games where all focus is on the fast-paced action taking place on the grid.
Things haven’t altered much mathematically speaking either. The default RTP is slightly more generous than before, where Fire Joker Freeze comes with a theoretical value of 96.18% - alternatively 94.20% or even lower depending on where you're playing. Volatility remains on a medium level as well (rated 6 out of 10), so it's not an all-or-nothing type slot by any means. When it comes to winning possibilities, it has been boosted by 20%, going up from 800x to 1,000x in a single spin, which fans are sure to appreciate.
With 5 fixed paylines, winning combinations are formed of 3 matching symbols landing across them. Symbols do land stacked, so it’s possible to score full-screen wins, which is what the features are built around. Aside from a new Ice Joker symbol, all others are the same, where we get ‘Xs’, cherries, lemons, grapes, plums, BARs, stars, and 7s. Values for these symbols vary from 4 to 40 times your stake. The Ice Joker joins the Fire Joker as the game’s 2 wild symbols. Both jokers substitute for all symbols and are worth a payout of 100x the bet for a line of 3.
Fire Joker Freeze: Slot Features
Fire Joker Freeze manages to keep things simple most of the time, but symbol stacks, respins, and prize wheels manage to sprinkle in a few thrills. First up, the Respin of Ice feature triggers when an Ice Joker symbol lands on a non-winning spin. The Ice Joker is locked in place and expands to cover all positions on its reel. Then, all other reels are respun for an extra chance to win.
If 2 stacks of symbols land on a non-winning spin, they trigger the Respins of Fire feature. In this one, the 2 stacks are held while the third reel is respun for a second chance to win.
If you manage to fill the grid with the same pay symbol or with Fire or Ice Jokers, then the Wheel of Fire and Ice is awarded. To help you out, if there are 2 stacks of the same symbol, plus an Ice Joker on the other reel, the Ice Joker expands to become a stack and trigger the Wheel of Fire and Ice feature.
The wheel contains 4 levels displaying multipliers or snowflake symbols. It always starts on the inner level unless an Ice Joker triggers it. If 1, 2, or 3 joker stacks triggered the wheel, it starts on level 2, 3, or 4, respectively. If the wheel stops on a snowflake, players move up to the next level, where there are bigger multipliers. At best, you can pick up a x20 multiplier which is applied to the triggering spin.
Fire Joker Freeze: Slot Verdict
'If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it', as the saying goes, so why not keep slinging out Joker slots as long as enough punters keep lining up to have a go at them. This one has a bit of history to it, being a follow-up to Fire Joker. So if the first one rocked your world, then so will Fire Joker Freeze with its extra features and bigger multipliers. If you haven’t played the first Fire Joker, it’s fine; you’ll know in a few Nano-seconds if its sequel is the right fit. For those not into these sorts of games, there is nothing Play’n GO has done to convince you otherwise. For the rest, let’s break it down and see why you might choose this one over the myriad others out there.
One of the positives for casual players is the game’s light and breezy nature. Fire Joker Freeze moves at a steady pace, the medium volatility should allow for some extended playtime, and there isn’t much to get to grips with as it's all very familiar. So much so if you squint, you can easily forget what game you are actually playing as it is so similar to others out there. On the not-so-good side, max win is still rather low, despite some hefty multipliers on offer from the prize wheel. The most you can hope for is a cash payout worth 1,000 times your stake. Perhaps it’s not too bad for a 3x3 game as okay money can be won on any spin that triggers the Wheel of Fire and Ice feature. Another thing about the max win is its likelihood of occurring once in 109,878 spins is lower than figures we usually see.
To borrow another saying, different strokes for different folks. There’ll be a place for Fire Joker Freeze, no doubt. If you like to keep it simple, casual, old-fashioned, and plain-looking - shoot, fire up Fire Joker Freeze quickly. For anyone else, it will struggle to elicit anything more than a small sigh of exasperation.
If you like to keep it simple, casual, old-fashioned, and plain-looking, Fire Joker Freeze might very well float your boat. For anyone else, it will struggle to elicit anything more than a small sigh of exasperation.