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Play’n Go takes us all the way to the oriental Far East, in Japan! This is not going to be an adventure, instead, we’re going to enjoy in a “Matsuri” which means Festival! The Japanese have a long history and tradition. Finding a Matsuri that meets your criteria shouldn’t be a struggle. Matsuri slot by Play’n Go is a real masterpiece, featuring big prizes, high quality audio and eye-catching video effects. However, we most enjoyed the rather interesting bonus features and bonus games. One of them particularly caught our attention called Kingyo Sukui! Find out more about it in our review.
Matsuri is a 5 reel video slot with 3 rows of symbols. The 5x3 symbol grid comes with 25 paylines, which set the ground for moderate to high chances of winning. Furthermore, the presence of the special symbols such as the Wild and the Scatter, promises a high hit rate and decent overall returns.
Players can easily adjust the bet size with the slider that’s positioned just beneath the reels. You can bet between 0.25 and 100 per single spin. The bet size has nothing to do with how often you can win nor it affects the RTP. We should point out that the RTP of Matsuri slot is 96.17%, which is above the market average.
Let’s start off with the basics. The Wild Symbol, which is represented by the traditional lantern substitutes for any other symbol, except the Scatter and the Bonus Symbol. The Scatter, or in other words, the Matsuri Festival Mask can bring you up to 8 free spins. Lastly, the Bonus Symbol is represented by a Golden Fish. Three or more of these triggers a pick and click bonus game.
Other symbols depict elements that you could find at any fair or festival that takes place in Japan. As we pointed out earlier, they do have a rich history. The base game is nothing out of the ordinary. It’s the special bonus features where the excitement lies in Matsuri.
Landing 3 or more Festival Masks grants you 8 Free Spins, but for any extra mask you land on the reels during Free Spins, you’re given additional 2 Free Spins up to a total of 20. We should also point out the special Wild feature during Free Spins. As it turns out, any Wild that appears on the reels during Free Spins expands to cover the entire reel. And that’s not all! The Expanded Wild or the Wild Reel will shift to the left with any subsequent spin, until it vanishes to the left.
The Kinyo Sukui, the pick and click bonus game we mentioned, triggers by landing 3 or more Gold Fish on the reels. Once triggered, you will be taken to a fish tank and you will be given a chance to catch 5 of them. Each fish gives you a cash prize, which largely depends on the bet you’ve placed when the feature was triggered. In our experience, this feature does tend to come up rather often.
As standalone bonus features, they look good, but the possibility to have them interact with each other is what intrigues us. For example, the Expanding Wilds and the opportunity to re-trigger Free Spins are what we think points of interest.
It is refreshing! In the recent past, we’ve seen quite a lot of slot releases based on the Far East’s tradition and history. However, Play’n Go took a different approach. Instead of focusing on the elements that inspired them to create the game, they paid attention to the interactive element. The bonus game and the bonus features is what will be remembered. Nobody remembers how a symbol looks like, but all of us remember a Big Win during Free Spins!