I love Japan, mostly because of the Sushi. And the sashimi. And the Teppanyaki. But I digress, as what I am really here to talk you through is a cool Japanese game called the Jade Shuriken slot from Slingshot Studios.
This ninja-style five-reeler with forty pay lines is becoming a favourite. “What is a shuriken?” I hear you ask. Well, my Wombat friends, a shuriken is a Japanese blade used as a hidden weapon. You might know them better from the movies as throwing stars, or ninja stars.
In this game, however, it’s a scatter symbol that can bring you riches in this slot.
There’s also an Epic Strike Feature that can reward you with a payout of up to 2500x of your bet. That doesn’t reach the jackpot heights of the Guardians of the Pyramids slot, but it is pretty hefty.
And if you see a burning shuriken, this triggers a re-spin feature that can land you some decent wins.
So what are you waiting for? Keep reading our Jade Shuriken review, and let us visit this ancient and mysterious slot. It’s got that gritty vibe to it that reminds us of Nolimit City’s Folsom Prison slot.
I guess you can tell that I like this game. It’s a real looker! The moon and distant stars provide the backdrop for the game’s theme.
This slot comes with five reels, four rows, and forty pay lines.
The reels are black, with a blue and purple colour scheme. Green or gold shurikens line the top of the reels in the Feature Trail.
This trail goes one step left with every spin because the shuriken at the far left activates. Green shuriken symbols can only appear on the middle three reels of the primary grid when activated, and they trigger the Epic Strike feature.
When active, gold shuriken symbols may appear on the centre three reels, starting the Epic Strike Re-spins. And then there’s the Jade Shuriken symbol which is wild and will stand in for all regular symbols on the reels.
In the background, a Japanese music score sits perfectly with the theme and builds the perfect atmosphere when spinning the reels.
The slot is typical of what you would expect from Japan: cutting-edge technology and plenty of features.
Jade Shuriken Slot Game Play
The Jade Shuriken slot runs on a medium volatility maths model. You can enjoy three exciting features with a minimum bet amount of 0.20 going up to a maximum of 80.00 across five reels and four rows.
You should see plenty of action – it’s medium volatility which means the hit frequency is pretty good.
The lower-paying symbols on the reels in this slot include a tool, a fan, a bell, and a teapot. They pay between 1x and 1.5x of your bet for five-of-a-kind matching paid anywhere from left to right.
The higher-paying symbols are the 7s. There are premium 7s, double 7’s, and triple 7s. For five of a kind, these will pay between 3.75x to 18.75x. If any mixed number 7 symbols form a combination, your pay-out will be 1.5x for five.
Finally, the wild is the Jade Shuriken Logo and can appear anywhere on all five reels.
Epic Strike Feature
If three or more green shuriken symbols appear on reels 2, 3, or 4, a cash prize is awarded. When 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 appear, the payout amounts to 1x, 3x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 30x, 100x, 250x, 1,000x, and 2,500 times the wager, correspondingly. Those last two pack a punch!
Epic Strike Respins
When three or more golden shuriken symbols appear on reels 2, 3, or 4, the Epic Strike Re-spins feature is activated.
The triggering symbols are locked in place while the middle three reels spin again. If additional golden shurikens land, they stay on the reels, and three more respins are rewarded.
When no additional shurikens land or the middle reels are full, the feature ends. The payout for having 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 visible is x1, x3, x5, x10, x15, x30, x100, x250, x100 and x2500 your bet.
When you land three scatter symbols on the middle reels, you get a reward with a pay out of 1x your bet, and it also starts the free spins feature. Before the feature begins, however, you have to choose from one of the following three options:
Pools of Prosperity
You get fifteen Free Spins with an 2x multiplier and a minimum of one golden shuriken on the trail. These are the low volatility Free Spins.
Forest of Fortune
You receive ten Free Spins with a multiplier of 3x and at least four golden shurikens on the trail. This is the medium volatility bonus.
Canyon of Courage
Six Free Spins with an 5x multiplier and only one golden shuriken on the trail. This is a high volatility option, but equally, the wins can be big with the high multiplier.
The Jade Shuriken slot will appeal to those of you who fancy themselves as slot ninjas – the manga-style visuals and soundtrack are a real hit.
The Feature Trail and Epic strike features can strike the reels at any time and help keep a constant air of excitement when spinning the reels. Try the game out today in either demo or real money mode and see what all the fuss is about.
Wombat Score 4.5/7
What is the Feature Trail?
This is one of Jade Shuriken’s cooler features. The Feature Trail displays along the top of the reels with green or golden shurikens. The shuriken on the far left is the “activator”, and the trail moves one step to the left on every spin.
When a green shuriken is live, only green shurikens will appear on the middle three reels of the main grid, giving you the opportunity to set off the Epic Strike feature. Or, is a golden shuriken is active, gold shuriken symbols will land on the middle three reels, giving you the chance to set off Epic Strike Respins.