The old and honourable art of the Ninja provides the theme behind the aptly named Ninja Ways, with the ninja hero leaping across players screen to bestow multiple mini-features plus a cacophony of free spins.
Ninja Ways has six reels and four rows, and a gigantic 4096 ways to win meaning that there’s no payline structure – players can win both right to left and left to right, merely matching at least three icons on adjacent reels. The reels themselves turn on the sides of a traditional Japanese house behind lies an ancient street view.
The four high-value icons in Ninja Ways are an array of weaponry including nunchucks and throwing stars whilst the lower-value cards are the ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
The manga-inspired ninja acts as the game's wild, and he will substitute all other symbols to help players form more winning combinations except for the free spins symbol which is the crossed swords icon.
Bonus features of Ninja Ways
Free Spins are activated by landing at least five of the crossed dwords symbols on adjacent rows beginning from the left-hand side – each icon will then reveal the number of free spins that will be totalled and conferred to the player. During the free spins round any symbols that land will display a number which will be added to the players total.
Unique ninja features
The following elements are all randomly triggered, so they remain out of players control. They are:
Ninja Door feature – the Ninja will appear and he will conjure up a mystery door, that once opened, reveals a massive 'mega' symbol the size of either a 2×2, 3×3 or 4×4. Payouts follow dependent on the symbol size revealed.
Ninja Wilds feature – is when the masked Ninja begins jumping around the reels, leaving a trail of multiplier wilds in his wake. These wilds come with an x8 multiplier so really boosting punters payouts!
Ninja Ways feature – another feature where the Ninja starts to jump around the reels, except this time he leaves identical symbols as he goes. Payouts are then calculated on the new matching symbols that are created from his trail of identical symbols.
Ninja Ways is an excellent game. The comic book style graphics are direct from a TV animation and are brilliantly done. Likewise, the Asian-style audios perfectly compliment the gameplay. The unique features are some nice variety to the gameplay, ensuring players either neither bored or disappointed.
To conclude, Ninja Ways is a slot with a manga-esque design yet a homage to traditional Japanese culture, which is very refreshing as Red Tiger tend to focus more on Chinese themes, not Japanese.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring