Katana Pokie Review
The Katana was the name given to the sword used by the famous Samurai, and the pokie game of the same name takes its inspiration from the Japanese culture of Bushido, a way of life which existed between right up to the 19th century.
Produced by the respected Novomatic software company, Katana is a 5 reel 3 row game offering 20 paylines, and a close cousin to the Shogun game popular in many land-based casinos.
The game displays nicely illustrated icons showing various scenes appropriate to feudal Japan, although it is let down somewhat by its jangling theme music, which adds nothing to the overall theme.
Minimum stakes start from 2 coins up to a maximum bet of 50 coins per line, and paylines must match going from left to right on the screen.
About The Game
Coins Range:0.03 to 1.00
Jackpot:1,000x Your Stake
Fee Spins/Multiplier Better:10/No
Wild Symbol: The Shogun character can be used to substitute for all icons except for the Scatter symbol. The Shogun will blink impassively as the matching symbols flash and light up to illustrate winning paylines.
Scatter Symbols: If the samurai swords appear three times on the playing area of the screen you will earn 10 free games along with a feature called the ‘Shogun Bonus’.
During the free spins the Shogun figure will expand over the entire reel when he emerges from behind a traditional Japanese shoji screen door. This Shogun bonus feature offers you the opportunity to unlock many more winning lines and increases your chances to win big cash rewards as a result.
Gamble Option: As with most Novomatic games, you will be offered a 50-50 shot to double your winnings based on the turn of a card.
All you need to do is to guess whether the colour of the next card turned will be red or black, and based on your pick you will either double your money or else lose it all and wish that you hadn’t taken the chance.
The graphics in this section of the game are unspectacular but make a concession to the overall Japanese theme by featuring cards designed in a wood carved aesthetic.
The Shogun and the Geisha symbols unlock the biggest winnings in regular game play. If they appear on the screen 5 times they will trigger pay-outs of x2,000 and x1,600 times your stake respectively.
The big wins arrive when the Katana symbol appears 5 times on the screen. If you are fortunate enough then this happy event will net you winnings of 8,000 coins, which may be enough to allow you to go out and purchase an authentic Katana sword of your own.
Katana is a decent pokie game lifted above the ordinary by the quality of its illustrated symbols. Unfortunately, the Japanese aesthetic is not extended to the intrusive music, meaning that may players will find themselves clicking to turn off the sound.
Gameplay itself is not particularly innovative, meaning that regular pokies players may well move on to more exciting or visually enticing titles over time.