Playtech Kanpai Banzai Slot Review

Kanpai Banzai: Demo

Say ‘konishiwa’ and get stuck into some tasty sushi-themed action in Kanpai Banzai, a 5 reel, 1,024 ways to win slot from Playtech. Get on a roll with the cascading reels to bring stacked wilds and multipliers into play. There’s also a pick me round where slicing fish can deliver big multiplier awards. Stakes in this virtual trip to the Land of the Rising Sun start at 10p, rising to a maximum of £500 per spin.

Take your seat

A Japanese sushi restaurant is the setting in the Kanpai Banzai slot. The symbols appear on a conveyor belt and swing onto the reels horizontally rather than vertically. You’ll see A to 10 symbols alongside an assortment of sushi symbols. The most lucrative of these will get you an award equal to 1, 2 or 5 x your total bet if you land 3, 4 or 5 on adjoining reels, starting from reel 1. There’s also a wild. This can appear on reels 2 and 4 only and replace all the standard symbols.

Cascading Reels

Kanpai Banzai uses a cascading reels game engine. The symbols from a successful symbol are removed and new ones drop down from above and replace them. A new payout consideration then follows. These cascades keep on coming as long as a new winning combination is created.

Successive Cascades = Extra Rewards

Hope to get on a run of cascades as that can bring wild reels and even multipliers into play. The more cascades in a row, the better the potential rewards:

  • 1st – Standard cascade
  • 2nd – Reel 5 becomes wild
  • 3rd – Reel 4 becomes wild
  • 4th – Reel 3 becomes wild
  • 5th – Reel 2 becomes wild
  • 6th – Reel 1 becomes wild
  • 7th – Reels 1 & 5 become wild
  • 8th – Reels 2 & 5 become wild
  • 9th – Reels 2 & 4 become wild
  • 10th – Reels 2 & 4 become wild with a 2x win multiplier

Tasty Fish feature

Land 3 scatters on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Tasty Fish feature where you get to play sushi chef. You’ll be taken to a new screen and offered the chance to slice a portion of a juicy looking fish. If you cut a tasty slice, you can look forward to a multiplier prize. Keep on slicing until you’ve uncovered all 9 portions or you slice a poisoned piece.

10,240 x bet wins

There’s an anarchic feel to Kanpai Banzai which comes with plenty of moving parts on the reels and a frantic backing track that gallops along. There isn’t a specific free spins round but we barely noticed because of the cascading reels and the extras that accompany them.

With a 96.09% RTP, the most you can win on each spin is 5,120 x bet. Add in the 2x multiplier from the 10th cascade and you could win 10,240 x bet per spin. The Tasty Fish is a nice variation on the pick me round.

We liked Kanpai Banzai. The design is excellent and gameplay offers some decent variety. If you fancy playing an Asian slot but want a break from the never-ending diet of Chinese-themed action, then this tasty arrival should be near the top of your menu. If this has tickled your tastebuds, enjoy some volatile BBQ action with Play ‘n GO’s Sizzling Spins.

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