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In a whirlwind of pink sakura petals, an Asian Princess emerges, beautiful and deadly, clad in scarlet, her sword sparkling like a polished shard of ice. This is a review of the “Sakura Fortune” video slot by Quickspin.
“Sakura” is the Japanese word for Prunus serrulate, the Japanese cherry. Despite the name, Sakura grows in abundance across India, China, Korea, Iran, West Siberia and other areas in addition to Japan.
The cherry blossoms look like clouds of petals, the color ranging from white to bright pink. No wonder that they symbolize the actual clouds and represent the ephemerality of life. It serves as a reminder of how transient and fragile beauty is.
“Sakura Fortune” is a 5-reel, 4-line video slot with 40 bet lines and an RTP of 96,58%.
The lower-paying symbols are the four Chines coins that award you from €1 to €1.25 for five symbols in a row. The higher-paying symbols are the Chinese Guardian Lion (€2 for 5 in a row), the Golden Dragon (€2 for 5 in a row), the Warrior (€3 for 5 in a row), the Princess (€5 for 5 in a row), and the Wise Man (€10 for 5 in a row).
A golden fan with carmine lotus on it is the Bonus Scatter symbol that has the power to evoke the Free Spins bonus game. Their lucky symbols appear randomly since they are nor bound to particular bet lines.
The Princess Wild symbol, a full-length portrait of the beautiful princess in a scarlet dress with a sword in her hand, is a 4x1 scatter symbol. It can act as both a Wild and a Scatter symbol as well as substitute for any other symbol. The Princess will only appear on the second, third, and fourth reel.
Whenever you see two or more Princess Wilds on the reels, there is a chance of the Mystery Nudge feature being activated so that the symbols are nudged into the full stack.
This bonus Respin game is launched if two full-stack Princess Wilds make an appearance. The number of respins you get depends on the number of these symbols. You get two respins for two Princess Wilds and if any more Wilds land on the reels you get additional respins for each of them. If no more Wild symbols appear the bonus round ends. During the Respins bonus round, you can also trigger the Free Spins feature, so keep an eye open for the Bonus Scatter symbols!
Three or more Bonus Scatter symbols appearing on your reels consecutively, from left to right, trigger the game of Free Spins. During this bonus round, the Princess Wild symbols, once they have landed, will expand to cover the entire reel and award you one more free spin. The Princess will then stay on your reels for the duration of the entire Free Spins round. This feature is not to be retriggered.
“Sakura Fortune” is a somewhat eclectic video slot that combines the symbols from Japanese and Chinese culture. The visuals are of good quality if a bit straightforward – they are well drawn, but the selection of symbols is so traditional it is almost boring.
The special features on offer are equally well-done and equally lack innovation. However, it is precisely the absence of complicated and never-before-seen bonus games that makes this video slot perfect for the beginner players. The gameplay is entertaining and the common Free Spins and Respins are profitable, though not exceptionally exciting – you can take time learning the ropes and finding your own gaming style while your virtual pockets get substantially heavier.
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Words: Jelena Schmidt