Through a fascinating cyberpunk/Japanese warrior showdown, the Shogun of Time slot game by Microgaming attempts to provide us with something that we haven’t really seen before.
Now, it’s our job to see how successful they’ve been.
The standard 5×3 reel layout presents itself nicely on the board with there being 243 ways to win – with only 81 paylines initially.
There are a handful of standard playcards on the reels alongside some themed symbols such as coins, fans, armour, face masks and helmets, and the theming doesn’t stop there.
The return to player (RTP) percentage is important in the majority of slots and the same is true for the Shogun of Time slot game with the reported RTP coming in at 96.02%. This is below the standard average but with medium volatility, a smaller stream of steadier wins is definitely within the realm of possibility.
Players can get started with a minimum stake of 10p and from that point on the world is your oyster, with a maximum possible stake of $/€/£100. The lucky few punters out there who really stick with it, however, could walk away with 2,717x their initial stake.
The blend of styles in the Shogun of Time slot game really is one of the headlines of this slot, mainly because it’s so ambitious. It transitions from one idea to the next pretty seamlessly and within such a competitive market, that helps it stand out in a big way.
The cyberpunk time traveller is the wild symbol here and pays out as the most rewarding symbol on the board, and of course, it also replaces all other symbols on the board. There’s also the Shogun of Time logo symbol that gives you 12x your initial stake right off the bat if you land five of them.
The Reel Spitrespin feature comes into play with a 4-of-a-kind winning combination whereby another reel is added into the middle of the board. From there, only the new reel will respin to improve your winnings.
The big attraction, though, is the Free Spins feature. This comes into play when you secure 3 or 4 scatters, handing you 8 or 16 free spins which all take place on a 5-reel setup. Plus, the 3rd reel is a wild reel throughout the course of the entire feature.
The Shogun of Time slot game may be a bit too niche for some, but we really value what they tried to do here. The gameplay is a bit rigid but we soon forget about then when seeing the overall theming, the potential winnings and the intriguing bonus features – even if you could argue there is more that could’ve been done to enhance the experience.
It may not be perfect, but Shogun of Time is a brave effort from Microgaming who know how to give punters something different.