Step back in time to Imperial Japan in Samurai Princess – powered by Lightning Box Games, it’s a 5 reel, 40 payline slot that comes with a free spins bonus feature that is boosted by expanding and stacked wilds as well as multipliers that can top 12x. Play from between 80p and £100 per spin.
Set against a traditional garden backdrop, the reels include a selection of objects typically associated with historical Japan. Look out for lotus flowers, Samurai swords and dragons as well as playing card values from A down to 8 – the Samurai princess is the wild, substituting for every other symbol apart from the bonus inducing scatter.
The imagery is all pretty simple but tastefully done. The backing track doesn’t add to the theme in the base game but delivers something much more in keeping once the feature kicks in (which is described below).
The Free Spins feature is triggered when you land 3, 4 or 5 of the bonus symbol (the horse) anywhere on the reels. As well as a payout of 2, 20 or 500 times your stake you’ll also be treated to 7 free spins.
At first glance that sounds a little Scrooge-like but there are some sweeteners on offer that make the feature that much more appealing. Firstly, there are stacked wilds that can appear on reels 1, 3 and 5.
Even better is the expanding wild (the Samurai princess) which appears on reels 2 and 4 during the feature and can boost your winning combinations with a 2x, 3x or 4x multiplier. It’s possible to combine the multipliers and boost them up to 12x which can really get the cashier spinning.
This is quite a volatile slot so don’t expect to trigger the feature too often – it can be worth the wait though, especially if you manage to combine the multipliers in conjunction with the stacked wilds.
The Asian theme is one of the most popular with players and developers alike – Samurai Princess doesn’t offer anything new but it’s combination of decent looks, big potential multipliers and volatility that make it a very appealing game. For Japanese themed slots, Odobo’s Akaneiro is superb as to is NetEnt’s Koi Princess.