NetEnt has reigned supreme over much of the iGaming world for many years now, due largely to their dedication to the slots experience. By this, I mean producing games which fully immerse the player in whatever game they are playing, be it through stunning graphics, neat little narratives or soaring soundtracks. Now NetEnt have released footage of their upcoming anime slot – Koi Princess – and its safe to say that expectations around the web are high. Can this animated royalty live up to the hype?
Preview: The Footage and Some Guesswork
Before we dive head first into NetEnt's new video we should take a moment to consider what we're about to watch; NetEnt is one of the biggest lots game software providers in the world and they're using a theme (anime) which many people are fanatical about.
Therefore, this game should be great. I'm talking huge wins and superb game-play. Let's go.
So, that was probably quite an exciting video if you like NetEnt games, and even more so for those lucky people that love anime-themed slots – there must be at least a dozen of you out there.
But what did we actually see? The game is cleverly named Koi Princess, as Koi refers both to romance in the Japanese language and the Koi carp fish which are part of the games' storyline.
Koi Princess features a typical 3×5 reel layout set against a beautiful oriental backdrop of waterfalls and oriental buildings. The princess stands to the left of the reels and blinks/giggles/cheers appropriately when you win.
Possible Key Features
The teaser footage on youtube comes with a big NetEnt boast in the description too. The claims are that Koi Princess is “the most feature-packed slot [NetEnt] have ever made”.
This remains to be seen, but from what we gather the special features are as follows:
Random Features: NetEnt claim random features can appear unexpectedly during the main game. This seems to manifest with three Koi carp appearing below the reels asking to be picked. Each carp seems to offer a different advantage.
- Five-Hit: The carp chosen in the video provides a 5-hit, which involves five of the same symbol appearing on the reels as a winning combination. The symbol is chosen by a spinning wheel feature. The other carp offer random wilds and a bonus.
Bonus: Three bonus symbols trigger the bonus wheel, which can activate one of four additional bonus features:
- Sure Win Free Spins
- Wild Reels Free Spins
- Coin Win
- Bonus Wheel