Novomatic Online Slots: Katana

Novomatic Katana SlotOne of the most popular Novomatic slots used to be Katana which has a Japanese theme with the Shogun himself being the highest symbol, the wild. In fact Novomatic originally had a game called Shogun I had seen in Casino Holland (land based) and guess what… it was identical to the Katana slot but for some reason, presumably licensing, they re-named it for online casinos. I’ve not seen Shogun for years but Katana itself is now on a few Gaminator machines in UK casinos and online at a few casinos like Sky Vegas and Quasar Gaming.

One notable difference between the online version of the Katana slot and the land version is that the online version awards 10 free spins while the land version usually offers 15. However, you get more expanding wild symbols on the online version during those free spins.

Like most Novomatic games you get the old-skool sound effects as the reels spin but you can disable them if that’s not your bag. Personally I like them. 20 lines and 3 scatters triggers 10 spins plus the ‘Shogun Feature’ – all this means is that the shogun wild expands during the free games, there is no multiplier but the feature can produce some big wins: I have the screen shots to prove it (see the screenshot above and below!).

As usual with Novomatic games, the feature is hard to get as most of the returns are geared around it. The upside is that scatters increase during the bonus round therefore retriggers are quite frequent. Not as frequent as in games like book_of_ra_deluxe or lucky_ladys_charm but they do occur quite regularly.

This is a medium to high-variance game, as you need a good bonus round to pay a win worth having but if you can stomach the long lean streaks it is a great game for high hitters. It will appeal to fans of Novomatic’s Mystic Secrets game too, another top slot!