The set up in Joker Expand: 40 Lines is very straightforward. On the plain black reels, you’ll see 7 different fruit symbols. The lowest payers on the food chain are the oranges, cherries, plums and lemons which each pay 0.25, 0.5 or 2.5 times your total stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.
Next comes the pear which awards 0.5, 2 or 10 times your stake followed by the melon and grapes which pay 1, 5 or 25 times your stake. Joining the fruity favourites is the lucky red 7 which is comfortably the top paying standard symbol. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these in combination and the cashier will be boosted by a payout of 0.25, 2, 10 or 100 times your total stake.
The game also comes with 2 scatters. The diamond scatter appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 only. Land 3 of them on the same spin for a payout of 20 times your stake. The gold scatter can hit on all 5 reels. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the same spin and you’ll win 3, 20 or 100 times your stake.
Central to the action here is the smiling female joker which is the wild. This can hit on the middle 3 reels only. When it does, the joker expands and turns the whole of the reel wild if that expansion results in a winning combo. This can result in 3 fully wild reels.
That’s it as far as gameplay goes. There aren’t any feature rounds here. All the action revolves around the base game and especially the expanding wilds. The variance is in the medium range with maximum wins of 812 times your stake on each spin.
Like most slot games in the Playson catalogue, there’s glossy sheen to the design here. The imagery has a photorealism quality which is impressively done. The gameplay is very simple. If you’re after plenty of extras, then you’ll likely find Joker Expand: 40 Lines a little on the bland side. For that, I recommend Claws vs Paws or Legend of Loki (both by Playson).