Young Japanese romance is the extremely bizarre theme in Our Days. This trip back to school has been created by Microgaming and is played using a 5 reel, 243 ways to win game engine. Look out for streak re-spins which become active following every winning spin. There’s also a free spins round where only high value symbols are in play. Stakes range from between 30p and £1,800 per spin.
Pastel shades dominate the manga-style visuals here. A Japanese classroom is the setting. There you’ll find a selection of symbols including love letters, diaries and a box full of sushi. The better paying symbols are the school kids. There’s a boy and 4 girls in uniform. The best of them is the girl backed by the red flower which pays 7, 11 or 20 times your bet if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination.
The Our Days logo is the wild. This can land on all 5 reels and substitute for all symbols apart from the scatter. Complementing the base game action are a pair of features.
Re-Spin feature – land a winning combination and the successful symbols lock in position and the reels spin again. The re-spins keep on coming as long as new matching symbols joins the original winning combination.
Free Spins feature – landing 3, 4 or 5 scatters on the same spin activates the bonus round. Your reward is 8, 10 or 12 free spins. These take place on a new set of reels where all of the lower paying symbols are omitted. You’ll only see higher value symbols spinning around the reels. Every win will also activate the Re-Spin feature
Our Days is an extremely strange game. The Japanese teenage love them seems totally bizarre for a video slot. It’s hard to see who this is aimed at and why. The design and features are fine as far as it goes, even if the volatility is very low. With a maximum win of 50 times your bet per spin, it certainly doesn’t appeal on any front.
The theme is a real head scratcher though. What on earth were Microgaming thinking here? Our Days isn’t something we’ll be rushing back to any time soon. They have created much better video slots (probably all of them!) like Immortal Romance. If you fancy a more lucrative trip to Japan, Yggdrasil Gaming’s Hanzo’s Dojo would be my pick.