Koi Princess Slot
Koi Princess is a manga-inspired online slots game created by NetEnt. It has five reels and a fixed number of twenty pay lines. If you're not sure what manga is, then allow us to explain: Manga is a style of comic book that is extremely popular in Japan, developed in a style that was created in the late 1800s. Manga are comics, whereas the animated films that are made that are usually inspired by manga are called anime. The Koi Princess used in this game is drawn in a manga style – huge eyes, a tiny nose and a pouting mouth. She also has a very typical 'manga female' appearance – long black hair, a very short skirt and knee-length white socks. She stands by the reels in this game, barely moving, although she does get excited when you secure a win.
You start each spin by selecting the size of the coin you wish to gamble with, from 0.01 to 1.00. You can also select your bet level from one to ten. The number of lines in play is fixed at twenty, so your final wager is your coin size, multiplied by your bet level, multiplied by twenty. You win jackpots in the usual fashion by landing three identical symbols or more in sequence from the left hand reel on an active pay line. When you're ready and set to go fishing for payouts, hit the 'spin' button.
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts commence at x5 your bet-per-line fo three tens, jacks or queens, and run up to x500 for five 'Wild' symbols.
The wild symbol in this games is simply the world 'WILD' – it substitutes for all other symbols aside from the bonus symbol.
There are a number of features in this slot that occur at random intervals as you play:
- 5-hit: one spin with a guaranteed five-symbol win with a random symbol on a pay line
- Random wilds: one spin with between four and nine fixed wild symbols placed randomly on the wheels
- Wild reels: one spin where two to all five reels are covered only by wild symbols
- Bonus activation: one spin where three bonus symbols are shown and a random bonus symbol is awarded
If you land three bonus symbols on reels one, three and five then you are awarded a random bonus feature. Sometimes if only two bonus symbols appear a koi carp will pop out of the water and nudge the missing symbol into position. There are five bonus features that can be awarded:
- Sure win free spins: you are awarded ten free spins on which you are guaranteed a win each time
- Wild reels free spins: ten free spins in which during each spin one to five of the reels are completely covered in wilds
- Coin win: you are awarded one instant coin win
- Bonus wheel: you get to spin a three-tier bonus wheel with each wheel divided into twelve. The koi carp from earlier will appear, turn into a dragon and begin to spin the wheels. The sections are filled with multipliers and extra bonus features, and you keep spinning until the wheel stops on a 'collect' symbol, which ends the round.
There is also the 'bonus bet' feature where you can double your bet with the promise that the award of bonus features and random features occur more frequently.
Although missing the graphical intensity of other NetEnt games, Koi Princess makes up for this by adding plenty of bonus features and games. Some of the features – such as the 'bonus wheel' – mean you are guaranteed to obtain some serious coinage into your casino bankroll should you be lucky enough to be awarded them.
This could become another NetEnt classic and it's certainly one game you should not be shy about playing – indeed, there really is no reason to be 'koi'.