An original design and look makes sticky wins feel fresh and fun in a simple 20 payline slot.
With 20 paylines and sticky wins, this Samurai Ken slot game feels refreshing even if it’s not genre-breaking.
We doubt that you get many samurais that go by the name of Ken, but it does sound like a catchy name, so we will that one slide.
In any case, Ken is just a tiger. Not really a samurai. This online and mobile slot, developed by new Swedish company Fantasma Games, but released under the Microgaming banner is sure to be a hit among slot players.
This Samurai Ken slot does look good, though. It has a comic-book style to it, which is a little different from many of the other Oriental slots that have been released as of late.
This means that it brings an air of freshness to the table. It just feels ‘unique’. All the artwork looks as if it has been drawn lovingly by hand, and we applaud Fantasma for making something that looks so good.
Of course, since this is one of Fantasma first slots online, you can’t expect whopping animations and the like. We have no doubt that Fantasma, even though they are being supported by Microgaming, have neither the budget or the staff to accomplish this.
They are new to the world of online casino games, this being only their second release. You would think that Microgaming studios, an experienced company would help them out a bit, but alas no – they have their own games to worry about.
The game feels very ‘basic’. Not that this is a major issue, to be honest. We are tired of those 5 reel slots which are too ‘in your face’ like Betsoft’s Charms and Clovers game, for example.
If we have one concern about the reels, it is the way they spin. They flick like a comic book. Fun the first time, painfully slow and annoying by the 100th spin.
The number of free spins in this Samurai Ken video slot is not fixed. Not that you will be seeing many of them at times.
In the process of writing this slot review, we had close to five hundred spins and we saw free spins pop up twice.
Tons of sticky wild re-spins (more on those later), but luck just was not on our side with the free games.
Free spins are determined by an epic battle between Ken and one of his foes. There will be a health bar for each of them. As soon as that health bar disappears, the free spins mode is over, and it’s totally random.
There is no multiplier in place but based on our limited ‘checking out’ of the free spins mode, you will get a sizeable chunk of free spins.
And if you’re lucky, up to $5,000 if you max bet on this machine.
A feature which really seems to be prevalent in the latest fruit machines can be found in this game.
It is not unique in the slightest, but really does beat the old cascading reels.
Whenever you score a winning combination the winning symbols will be locked in place. You will then get a free respin – like in the fantastic Northern Sky slot machine.
If you keep adding to the winning combinations, you will keep getting re-spins. You will, at times, struggle to get more than two wins in a row, but there is always a sense of excitement when this slot feature is triggered.
The fact that your symbols don’t disappear means that you will find it easier to hit those bigger winning combinations.
This puts more money in your pocket. We don’t know for sure as we have not really measured it yet, but it ‘feels’ like you are winning more often with this type of bonus game feature.
We hope more Canadian slots start to incorporate it.
For only their second slot ever, Fantasma have done a brilliant job.
It is not the greatest slot in the world, but it certainly is fun, especially with all those sticky re-spins giving you pure value for money.
The betting range also helps; Samurai Ken slot has a minimum bet of 0.20 a spin, but high limit players will have to look elsewhere as the max bet is only 20 – Lucha Maniacs created by Yggdrasil maybe at 125 a spin?
However, as much as we love the respins, if we can give you one piece of advice is don’t chase the free spins.
They are great if you can get them, but this is still very playable with just the main bonus feature as entertainment.
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