David Williams | 25 Jan 2019
By now, Microgaming independent studio partner Just For The Win (JFTW) no longer needs any introduction. Microgaming invited the studio to develop games exclusively under their brand-banner, and since the first game was released last year, the project has been a roaring success.
The good news is that Just For The Win has just announced the official release date of its first slot for 2019, Shogun of Time, and judging by the initial impressions of the game, it’s going to be every bit as much of a slam-dunk hit as all of JFTW’s previous releases.
The slot goes live on February the 13th.
Shogun of Time has a distinct cyber-punk feel and draws its inspiration from a variety of ancient Japanese cultural elements. Combining this with modern day cyber-punk is quite a smooth move in our opinion, as punk is bigger than big in Japan, as well as Asia in general.
Futuristic Tokyo is the setting and a female Samurai warlord and her alter ego, the Cybergirl, are the stars of the show. The slot may not include any new mechanics and will in all likelihood not go down as a game-changer in terms of new features, but it’s exactly this that seems to promote the flow of the game. The simplicity really is what makes it so good, and one isn’t left with the feeling of having laboured away.
Most of the action revolves around the Cybergirl, and even the general colour scheme is different colours in neon, something that is very typical to the cyber-punk movement. The Cybergirl is the wild symbol, and will substitute to replace and transform all other standard symbols.
There are many nice features that have been incorporated into the base game, such as a five of a kind in one row of the Logo symbol awarding a 12x multiplier of the current bet. There is also a special free spins feature, and in order to trigger this, 3 or 4 scatter symbols must be landed in one go. 3 Scatters will trigger 8 free spins, and 4 scatters will trigger 16 free spins.
The new title may be simple by nature, but it does award 2000x the player’s bet when the bonus round is activated. And that’s per spin. Not bad at all for a basic slot!
Shogun of Time will be available on all desktop and mobile, and will run smoothly on all iOS devices.