Based on an animated children’s TV series, Kobushi is a 5 reel, 30 payline video slot that centres on a Japanese sushi restaurant. Featuring anime style visuals and a great Asian flavoured soundtrack, Kobushi serves up free spins with tasty multipliers and extra wilds as well as a progressive jackpot. Tuck in from 30p to £3 per spin.
Visually, Kobushi is a treat – symbols on the reels include a selection of 6 humanised sushi characters alongside stylised playing card symbols from A to J. The top payer is the chopstick wielding octopus who’ll net you a payout of 1,000 coins if you land 5 on a payline The imagery has a strong Japanese flavour and is excellently drawn. Likewise, the catchy backing track certainly enhances the theme.
The bandana-wearing sushi (yes, really!) is the game’s wild – it substitutes for everything bar the scatters and awards payouts of 100, 500 or 1,000 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 in a payline. The salmon sushi is the standard scatter, paying up to 25 times your total stake.
3 or more of the waving pink cat bonus symbol is what you need to land to trigger the Big Cat Bonus feature – choose from the bowls shown to reveal the number of free spins along with the multiplier (up to 5x) you’ve been awarded. A wheel will spin to reveal which symbol will be the extra wild for the duration of the free spins.
Any wild that hits on the middle row during the feature will expand to fill the entire reel in which it appears. This expanded wild will remain in position for any remaining free spins you may have. If the cat scatters land again, you can re-trigger even more free spins.
Kobushi also comes with 2 progressive jackpots – the lower value Sushi Jackpot and the higher Kobushi Jackpot. To be in with a chance of winning these, you must be playing at the max bet (lower the coin size rather than bet size if you want to keep costs down while still having a shot at winning big).
To trigger the Kobushi Bonus feature, land 3 or more of the Kobushi Bonus symbol – you’ll then be sent to a new screen where you get to pick from the tiles shown and in the process reveal a prize of up to 15,000 coins or the Sushi or Kobushi Jackpot.
The TV series on which this slot is based is a big hit in Europe apparently but hasn’t yet made it to British screens – the theme is certainly a little strange but Kobushi is a nicely crafted slot. The sound and visuals are excellent and there’s a good range of features.
The variance is fairly high as the bonus feature isn’t the easiest to trigger. Get a decent number of spins with a big multiplier and the coins can quickly build though. Throw in the prospect of a progressive jackpot and this sushi-themed offering become an appetising little treat. If this has whet your appetite, Microgaming’s Win Sum Dim Sum is a good game to play.