We will never quite understand what the fascination with the koi fish among slots developers is, and everyone from Microgaming to WMS offers games featuring the creature among their mobile ranges. One thing that we do know, however, is that it is clear that NetEnt’s design team can turn their hands to just about any style to great effect. Rather than being a traditional Japanese slot game, of which we have seen dozens over the years, this one makes use of an anime style and that serves to add a whole new dimension to one of the most over-saturated themes around. If you like the theme, as many players do, but fancy something a little different to the norm, then there is already a great reason to get playing, and we can assure you that things get even bigger and better from that point on!
What to Expect
We do not need to spend much time on the graphics on this game as our readers are likely to be highly familiar with the quality that NetEnt puts out on basically all of its game releases by now. Just imagine the traditional Japanese slot theme with an anime twist and you will not be a million miles away. Of far more importance as far as we are concerned is the bonus bet, as this is something that players will need to consider before they get spinning. You will choose your coin bet and level in the normal way, and then decide whether doubling that value is worth it. We would say yes and would not play Koi Princess without it, as it will increase the chances of one of the random features coming into play, raises the values on the bonus wheel and increases the cap on the sure win feature. Basically, it might seem a bit pricey, but it is well worth it in the end.
The random features can be very helpful indeed and you will know that one is coming into play when three koi fish appear from beneath the board, with players being tasked with picking one of them. You might find random wilds, which will see between four and nine wild cards being added to the board while a single respin plays out. Wild reels will also award a respin, this time with between two and five of the reels being wild – and we know which end of that range we would prefer to be at!
In the 5-Hit feature, players will be presented with a wheel of fortune where a five of a kind win using whichever symbol is landed on will be awarded. This can be any symbol on the board, including the wild, but the return is almost always decent compared to the effort that has gone in.
The final random bonus basically adds the scatters that are required for triggering the main features to the board, essentially offering players immediate access to the top round.
The conventional means of triggering this bonus feature involves landing the dragon scatter on reels one, three and five at the same time. Players will then find out which feature they will be playing through or, in the most disappointing circumstances, see what their instant coin win will be.
Our favourite of the potential bonuses is the Sure Win Free Spins, where ten free games are awarded. Every spin guarantees to return at least your total bet in prizes, but that is the worst case scenario. A golden dragon can add more wilds to the board, making winning even easier, and the biggest win that you pick up on each spin becomes the new minimum win on upcoming spins. When the value increases, one more spin is added to the remaining total, but hitting a big win early can put players in dreamland!
Next up is the Wild Reels Free Spins, where ten spins are awarded once again but this time between one and five reels will be randomly selected to be wild on each of them. We have never seen a completely wild board as part of this feature, but we are assured that the potential exists!
Finally, players can enter the bonus wheel, which looks somewhat reminiscent of the jackpot game from Mega Fortune with three tiers and a variety of prizes. Theoretically, you could be spinning for a while as the round only ends when you land on ‘collect’. The prize values start off at between one and five times your total bet, but it is possible to land on the ‘double up’ segment which doubles every value on the board, and also on an arrow which will move you closer to the centre for bigger wins.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
There is plenty going on here on Koi Princess and even if you have played every Japanese slot going, you will almost certainly find something new to experience here on this one. The features can be the source of disappointment at times, but they can also be some of the most valuable out there. As noted, we see value in the bonus bet and would recommend making use of it wherever possible, but no matter how you decide to play, the chances are that you will be impressed with everything that this game has to offer.