A Taste of Japan
This product offers up a total of five reels and three rows, which gives all players a familiar layout to game on. On these reels, you’ll find many icons which feature imagery of Japan and its culture. Therefore, you will find symbols of unravelling scrolls, a samurai ninja and a popularised Western ninja, a geisha with a fan, ingots of gold and a shuriken. These have all been designed in a very graphically interesting way, presenting a 3D look to them rather than Novomatic’s tendency to provide 2-dimensional icons. In addition to the thematic symbols, you’ll find standard slot icons of A, J, K, Q, 10 and 9, all of which have been designed with an Eastern flair to them.
The developer has also included a total of 25 pay lines into its offering alongside its reels and rows. These are fully customisable, so if you prefer wagering on fewer pay lines, then utilise the plus and minus buttons at either side of the number currently active. Furthermore, the bet you’re able to place per pay line can also be changed, with the minimum starting point being $0.02. Again, using the plus and minus buttons at either side, you’re able to increase this amount up to its maximum of $4.00 per line, and therefore play the highest wager of $100 per round.
High-Kicking and Low-Punching Extras
As far as slot games go, Ninja’s Path is one of the better products from Novomatic, graphically speaking and animation-wise. However, most games are also judged on their ability to provide intriguing extras, and that’s something which also comes into play here. The close up shot of the ninja will act as a wild icon in this game, substituting for all other icons on the reels, except for the scatter. Also, if you manage to spin five of these onto a pay line from left to right, with the maximum wager in play, you’ll be rewarded with a pay out of $24,000.
In terms of the game’s scatter symbol, this is represented by the aforementioned shuriken. If you manage to spin three or more of these across the reels in any location, you’ll trigger the game’s freespins round. This provides you with an initial amount of 10 freespins. All wins during the round pay out double the amount, unless they include the wild icon. Furthermore, extra freespins can be triggered during the round with the wild symbol, so the appearance of these will result in the following outcome:
- One wild provides one extra freespin
- Two wilds provide two extra freespins
- Three wilds provide four extra freespins
- Four wilds provide 30 extra freespins
- Five wilds will provide 50 extra freespins
There’s also a gamble game incorporated into the product, which is activated at the end of every winning combination formed in the main game. This gives you the chance of increasing your winnings by playing a side game. This presents you with a deck of playing cards, and your job is to guess the colour of the next card to be turned over, red or black. Doing so correctly will see your winnings doubled, while incorrect guesses will see them lost.
Keep Your Focus
Playing this game won’t have you kicking and punching in your own form of samurai ninja ways, but it will certainly offer up a few round of entertaining game play. Not only that, but the added extras are very compelling, while, as noted, the graphics and animations are exceptionally impressive.