Join a cyber punk travelling through time on a quest for riches in Shogun of Time. This loosely-themed Japanese video slot has been created by Just For The Win and Microgaming. Most of the action takes place on a 4 reel, 81 ways to win machine. Land a 4 in a row winner and you’ll be awarded a re-spin on an expanded 5 reel, 243 ways to win machine. There’s also a free spins round played on the expanded reels which features a stacked wild throughout. Play this unusual game on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 10p and £100 per spin.
Elements of the ancient Japanese past combine with the technological future in Shogun of Time. The reels are set in what looks like a teleportation room you might find on the Starship Enterprise. There’s a much more historical feel to the symbols on the reels though. Joining the stylised A to 10 royal values are coins, fans, a warrior’s chest plate and a helmet and face mask.
The most lucrative symbol is the Shogun of Time logo. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these on adjacent reels for a payout of 1.5, 5 or 12 times your stake. The time travelling cyber punk is the game’s wild. She too offers awards of 1.5, 5 or 12 times your stake.
Most of the time you’ll be playing on a 4 reel machine that offers 81 ways to win. If you land a 4 of a kind combination, you could trigger the Reel Split Re-spin feature. A new 5th reel is squeezed between reels 2 and 3. The other 4 reels lock in place and the new reel spins again to hopefully deliver an improved winning combination.
Shogun of Time also comes with a Free Spins feature – to trigger it, you’ll need to land 3 or 4 scatters on the same spin. Your reward will be 8 or 16 free spins on a fully expanded 5 reel, 243 ways to win machine. Look out here for the stacked wild which is locked in position on reel 3 throughout the feature.
This is a very unusual take on the classic Asian-themed video slot both in terms of design and playability. The visuals offer a nice combination of the past and the future and work well. As does the gameplay.
The Reel Split Re-spin feature can deliver some very solid action and the stacked wild keeps things moving during the free spins. As far as volatility goes, we’re in the medium range with top payouts of 2,717.4 times your bet on every free spin.
We liked Shogun of Time. The visuals and features offering something fresh and innovative. If you’re after a Japanese video slot with a twist or 2 thrown in, then this is a pretty good place to start. I would also recommend you try Play ‘N Go’s Moon Princess if you’re after an Asian flavour