Matsuri is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot powered by Play ‘N Go. Playable from 25p to £100 per spin across all devices (including iOS, Android, laptops and PCs), you get to feel the excitement of a traditional Japanese festival. It has a superb Free Spin feature which benefits from expanding wilds that move on each free spin.
Graphically, Matsuri looks fantastic – as do all other Play ‘N Go titles to be fair. The game honours East Asian culture and traditions and has a summer night feel to it. On the reels, you will see 11 symbols – you have dango dumplings, tangy takoyaki, cool kakigori and a trio of female festivalgoers.
The ornate lamp is the wild symbol and substitutes for all other symbols, bar the scatter, to help your form winning combinations – it also appears on all 5 reels and is the most lucrative rewarding you with 25 times your total stake (or 1,000 coins) if you manage 5 across a payline.
Matsuri comes with a Kingyo Sukui Bonus feature which is played by getting 3 goldfish scatter symbols on the 3 middle reels on the same spin. Here, you need to catch goldfish by scooping them up using a fragile paper spoon – each goldfish caught will give you a cash prize. The feature continues until you have caught all goldfish or if your spoon breaks.
Matsuri is all about the Free Spin feature which is played when you get 3 festival mask scatters simultaneously on reels 1, 3 and 5 – you will then receive 8 free spins. Look out for the scatter during the feature as this will give you an extra 2 free spins every time it lands – up to 20 free spins in total.
More importantly, look out for wilds during the feature as these will expand into 1 large lamp banner that takes over the entire reel. On the next free spin, this expanded wild moves 1 reel to the left until it disappears from the reel set. If you get 3 or more wild reels at the same time, prepare yourself for huge wins – up to 3,000 times your stake on each free spin!
Matsuri is a highly volatile slot with the bigger wins coming in the Free Spin feature. There are plenty of Asian themed slots at the moment and I consider Matsuri to be 1 of the better releases. If you like Play ‘N Go games, I also recommend you try the Mexican Day of the Dead themed Grim Muerto and the hip-hop inspired Pimped.