Intro: Game Theme
Japanese animation has been slowly expanding to become a global market. It has gone from a niche product into an industry even Netflix is investing in! As such, it did not surprise us in the slightest to see a slot that borrows this increasingly popular art style. Koi Princess is a NetEnt game that launched in 2015. On top of its visual fidelity, it also offers a huge variety of special features! If you choose to play this release, you will be treated to an above average RTP and a medium variance.
If you enjoy anime, you will feel right at home playing Koi Princess. NetEnt’s artists remain talented no matter what style they use, it seems. The princess stands next to the reels, reacting to wins and special feature activations. On the right hand side, we see a gorgeous waterfall with a fancy animation. In the distance, we can see an oriental temple. The reels obscure everything else. This is a good-looking slot, both on and off the reels. Hats off to the team who designed it, they have truly outdone themselves!
- RTP: 96,23%
- Betting Range: £0.20 – £400.00
- Max Win: £400,000
- Similar Slots: Dragon’s Luck, Moon Princess, Ninja Ways
How it Works
You play this game on a five-reel board with twenty fixed paylines. Wins are formed by collecting three or more identical symbols in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel. Winning combinations only award a prize if they are following an active payline. The control panel looks elegant and stays out of the way. You can use it to spin the reels, set up Auto Play, look at the paytable and change your total bet. Players can wager between £0.20 and £400 on each spin.
Icon designs will be hit or miss with punters. NetEnt clearly likes the anime style. That said, they did not fully commit to it. Playing card royals are still their bright and colourful selves. They look cool, but they clearly do not match with the theme. Fortunately, other symbols are there to pick up the slack. There is a huge variety of bonus icons. Some are used to trigger random special features, while others are activated using the Bonus Features bonus.
Players are prompted at the start of the game to turn on Bonus Bet. This increases your chances of winning special features, but doubles your current wager. It also enhances the values on the bonus wheel, and increases payouts for one special feature.
At any time, one of four special features can be activated randomly. These bonuses are as follows:
- 5-Hit: A single spin is played, during which a guaranteed five-of-a-kind win will occur. What symbol and payline will be used to form this win is chosen randomly.
- Random Wild: Between four to nine overlay Wilds are randomly placed on the playing field.
- Wild Reels: Two to five random reels are covered in overlay Wilds.
- Bonus Activation: This special feature forces NetEnt’s release to place three Scatters on the board. This automatically triggers the bonus feature!
To activate the next set of special features, you need to collect three Scatters on reels one, three and five. You can do so manually or using the Bonus Activation random bonus. If you only have two Scatters, a third one can be nudged onto the reels from the outside.
- Sure Win Free Spins: Ten free spins are played. The win for each spin will always be at least the same as the largest amount won during the free spins round so far. The player’s wager determines the first spin’s sure win.
- Wild Reels Free Spins: Once again, ten free spins are awarded. Each spin covers between one to five reels in overlay Wilds.
- Coin Win: The most boring of bonuses, this special feature just grants a cash prize if won.
- Bonus Wheel: This is a three-tiered wheel with twelve locations. Click the dice to move around the wheel. On the wheel, you can collect cash prizes and special feature activations.
Whether or not you like or do not like the art style is a subjective thing. What cannot be denied is the effort NetEnt put into making Koi Princess a reality! This slot offers so many special features, it is difficult to remember them all! If all the stars line up, you can use them to score a decent 1000x jackpot. This game carefully balances frequent wins with sizeable wins, which we really like. If what you have read sounds interesting to you, we definitely recommend checking this release out!