Play Katana For The Excitement!
Katana is a slot for people who love a rush! Set in feudal Japan, this Novomatic pokie game is known for its high variance in winning, but it also has some sweet bonus features and a jackpot that could certainly boosts your bankroll.
As one of Novomatic’s classic favourites, Katana holds almost legendary status. It’s set in feudal Japan and features 10 base symbols, including the Geisha, which holds the key to the 4,000 coin jackpot (if you get x5 Geishas across a payline). There are 20 paylines, 5 standard reels and an RTP of 95.02%, but the real attraction of this game lies in the volatile winnings. Players can either win a small fortune in a single session, or bum out entirely. There doesn’t tend to be an in-between on this game.
The Shogun, or Samurai master, acts as the Wild in this game and the Katana sword itself is the scatter symbol and can appear on any reel. There is also an optional double or nothing gamble feature, where you gamble if the Japanese designed mystery card is black or red.
The biggest let down in this game is the soundtrack, which is reminiscent of a ‘machine-ball’ game, doesn’t suit the theme and detracts from the atmosphere.
The free spins bonus game is triggered by x3 katana swords anywhere on the reels in the base game and it includes some pretty sweet features to boost your winnings. Firstly, you can choose to get a boost to the number of paylines you play. If you get the Shogun wild, it can expand to cover an entire reel. If you get x5 expanded Shoguns on 5 reels, you can also hit a 5,000 coin jackpot, which is pretty sharp. It can be joined by the katana to boost your winnings even more. There are also x2 multipliers and if you get x3 more katanas, the free spins feature can be retriggered from within the free spins game.
People either love or hate this game. While the potential wins are pretty good and the volatility adds to the excitement of the game, it didn’t take long for us to move on to a different game with a better theme and / or pay rate.