Sakura means ‘cherry blossom ' in Japanese, and this great 5x4 online slot by Quickspin is full of Japanese imagery. The word Sakura is often used as a girl’s name, so I’m guessing that’s what the beautiful Japanese Princess who lands as a stacked Wild is called.
Quickspin hasn't gone for the lazy option of card ranks for the low pays. Instead, all the symbols in Sakura Fortune are linked to the theme. The paytable starts with four coins, two bronze with one aged and one not, a silver and a gold. The maximum payout for these is 1.25 x the bet for five gold coins across a payline. The premium symbols are a green jade statue, a red dragon, a samurai warrior and the Empress and finally, the Emperor. As the most valuable of the regular symbols, he awards 10 x the bet for a combination of five.
Wins are formed by landing three or more matching symbols on a payline from left to right, starting with the first reel on the grid. The betting range starts at 0.20 and goes up to 100.00 per spin.
The Wild in Sakura Fortune is a Japanese Princess. She lands as a giant 1x4 symbol, either fully in view or only partially. All positions she covers count as Wild and can be used in forming wins.
The Scatter symbol is a Japanese fan, which can land anywhere on the grid. Three or more in any position on adjacent reels, starting from the leftmost reel, will trigger the Free Spins.
The Sakura Fortune Respin triggers in the base game whenever 2 Princess Wilds appear fully on the reels at the same time. Even if two wilds land only partially in view, they can nudge to fill the entire reel and trigger the feature. The number of respins depends on the number of triggering Wilds, and one more is added to the total for every additional Wild that lands.
When three or more of the fan Scatters land on adjacent reels, the Free Spins are triggered as long as the combo starts on the leftmost reel. During this bonus round, any Princess Wild that lands will nudge to cover the entire reel, granting one more spin and sticking until the end of the round.
With both respins and Free Spins, and a stacked Wild, Sakura Fortune is packed full of action in the base game and the bonus round. Foxy fans of all things Asian will enjoy the visuals, and the gameplay will appeal to any of my furry friends who like a nice fast game.
Just remember that volatility is high, and the cherry blossom fades quickly, so always set a loss limit, and it’s also a good idea to set a win limit to be sure of walking away with some winnings if things go your way. Good Luck.