Face the time-travelling female Japanese samurai and her cyberpunk clone on the slot from Just For The Win, produced exclusively for Microgaming’s Quickfire platform. An odd design with four reels can expand to five reels after scoring a four-of-a-kind win and will trigger a respin. Plus, a free spins round will play out on 243 ways with five reels, a sticky expanded wild on reel three and a pay-both-ways mechanic for wins of up to 2,717 times your bet.
Shogun of Time is a video slot with four reels, three rows and 81 ways to win. This will increase in the respins and free spins features to five reels and 243 ways. You can join the samurai on her space journey on mobile and desktop from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96.02%. Autoplay will allow you to set up 10 to 100 consecutive spins without interruption.
The cyberpunk-inspired game is set in a beaming portal in the midst of a futuristic Japanese city, lit by pink and blue neon lights. The provider aimed to create a fusion between ancient samurais and sci-fi android warriors from a distant future. The game window is flanked by two water columns with cherry blossoms. Overall, Shogun of Time has decent graphics and some stunning animations when the fifth reel comes into play. A rather generic soundtrack is getting more cheering on big wins or feature triggers.
Given the theme, the pay symbols are as expected all in Japanese style or items from its ancient history. All except the top paying symbol can appear as single or double-stacked symbols. At the low end are the forever used card royals from 10 to A, followed by ancient coins, Japanese fans, warrior armours, golden samurai face masks with helmets and the slot logo. The latter is the most valuable, paying 12 times your bet for a five of a kind. The female samurai and her cyberpunk clone are the wild symbols while the scatter symbol is a pot with cherry blossoms.
Hitting any four-of-a-kind win in the base game can trigger the Reel Split Respin feature. After the initial win is paid, the portal will open and split the reels in the middle to insert the fifth reel. Only the added reel will respin to potentially award better or more winning combos.
The real potential of the slot is clearly in the free spins round as it will be played on a 5×3 reels set instead of the 4×3 format in the base game. Three or four scatters in one spin will trigger 8 and 16 free spins respectively. During the feature, the game will stay in the expanded format with 243 ways with the third reel as a sticky expanded wild symbol.
The kicker is though that wins are paid both ways, thus providing the chance to hit the max win on Shogun of Time, which peaks at 2,717.40x your stake. However, a five-of-a-kind is paid from left to right only, plus the free spins cannot be retriggered.
While reviewing this slot, my opinion changed between mediocre and not too bad. The game is well designed with some stunning animations that give it an authentic steampunk appearance but I wasn’t too pleased to see that fifth reel missing, just so I can get excited when it is added. Overall, an average game that won’t raise too many eyebrows in the gaming community.